Without Light There Is No Color
The human eye and brain together translate light into color. Light receptors within the eye transmit messages to the brain, which produces the familiar sensations of color. This sentence found on Pantone’s website is a summary of how the human eye perceives color. The article is one of the better explanations on the color, light, brain and eye connections and how they all work together.
Describing color to someone who has never seen it is something I’ve been thinking on for a considerable amount of time. Take the color blue for example, it’s been said by some that blue can be experienced as a feeling but what does that mean if I have never seen blue?
In exploring the subject of color I found this interesting YouTube video that goes into a little more detail on how we see color. To see the video you can click HERE.
Listening to Rhapsody in Blue, holding something hot then something cool, the sound of the ocean, a gentle breeze or aromatherapy are good attempts at demonstrating what blue feels like. However they still do not address the issue of allowing someone to fully understand this abstract concept of color.
Depending on whom you talk to and their perception of what blue means to them answers can vary from positive qualities like tranquility, and relaxation to the negative such as sadness and depression. Throwing in the three characteristics that make up color-hue, saturation and brightness we end up with millions of colors.
Some may think that color is of little significance to someone who is blind or vision impaired but nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve talked with friends of mine who are blind as well as women who’ve contacted me through my blog and there is a great deal of interest from a fashion perspective.
I’ve said this before and yes, I’ll probably say it again. No, scratch that. I will most certainly say it again, blind and vision impaired women care about how they present themselves to the world and like many women who are fully sighted they want to be stylish.
Having an awareness of colors and which ones allow us to shine is very helpful when buying trending apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, accessories and even décor in the home. A color analysis can help in determining the colors that work best for you. Or if you prefer to go a more costly route you could consider an Image Consultant, Personal Stylist, Personal Shopper, Fashion Consultant, Wardrobe Consultant or Makeover Consultant.
With the advancement of new technologies like in the following two articles, I hope that within my lifetime I can witness some of my friends being able to see color for the first time: New research could help the blind ‘see’ colors and shapes, Computer Program Allows the Blind to ‘See’ With Sound.
The reason for all this color talk is I think it’s an important issue that needs to be revisited from time to time. I believe that continuing dialog is one of the critical elements in impacting change.
Okay, I’m stepping down from the pulpit to share with you some fabulous shoes in varying shades of blue.
- Flat Shoes With Bow—Zara The color of these shoes is described as navy blue but the trim/straps & bow are the only items that appear to be navy. The shoe itself is made like a d’Orsay with straps on either side to connect the heel to the toe. The color of the shoe (not including the trim) looks almost like a blue-gray, slate-like color. Sexy little flats.
- Renee ‘Lilliana’ Pump—Nordstrom: Feminine ribbon flirts at the toe of a charming slingback pump set on a demure, 2.5 inch wrapped heel, Adjustable strap with buckle closure. Navy
- ‘Moveover’ Pointy Toe Flat—Nordstrom: A modern-cut topline and a pointy-toe update the look of a chic leopard-print flat. Cobalt Suede
- Ava & Aiden Amali Pointed-Toe D’Orsay Flat—Gilt: Iris Blue Snake Print/Suede D’Orsay flat. Metallic leather, snake embossed leather or calf hair upper. Cobalt suede accent trim at vamp. Pointed-toe.
- Report Signature Reid Flat—Piperlime: Blue Suede Stacked heel. Leather insole and man-made sole. Pointed toe ballerina flat. Suede upper. 1/4″ heel. Contrast tonal trim lining.
When you feel good, you look good. Have a great weekend!
“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~Edith Wharton
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