Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Purple People

Purple is not my favorite color.
(It has always been my older sister's favorite...)

But lately I've been inspired by innumerable fantastic images
showcasing violets, periwinkles, lavenders, and plums. 
They're everywhere!

I may be the last to mention the design industry's current obsession with this highly versatile hue, but I had to post a tribute! 

In her fantastic blog Colour Me Happy, color expert Maria Killam states, "there are more violets than any other color in the world, because a violet starts at the blue side of the color wheel, moves through purple, and ends over at the reds."

In addition to all of the gorgeous photos I've found featuring purple, I've been equally interested in the colors that designers have chosen to pair with it.  From fuchsia, to orange, to lime green, they are all exciting and innovative.

Elle Decor featured this Manhattan Living Room by Jamie Drake in February 2009.  I love the pale lilac wall-window treatment-sofa color which feed into the darker, more saturated lavender club and slipper chairs.  Hot pink and orange accents enliven the soft environment. 
The palette continues throughout the home!

Rosy fuchsia punches up these
serene periwinkle and white spaces
(periwinkle is usually considered blue, not purple)

I love these feisty green accents!

(Master Bedroom by Diamond Baratta Design)
I'm a huge fan and had the privilege of meeting William Diamond and Anthony Baratta years ago when they spoke at the Cooper Union!

I'm crazy about this photo!
I can't imagine a more elegant, serene bath.

I was shopping recently when a woman came up to me with a pair of purple heels and two purple handbags. "Which purse goes best with these shoes?" she asked.

I immediately preferred the clean-lined, simple tote. She seemed disappointed in my response, apparently preferring the more complicated, multi-hued boho-chic bag and hoping I'd say the same. She explained that it was a gift for her friend who would prefer the large, crazy one....

(interior by Nina Campbell)
Everyone wants purple right now!

In their September 2009 blog post, Eberly and Collard describe amethyst as "a transparent violet...a warm, soft addition to the home."  They explain that it has been "linked to tension and headache relief" and recommend "Soft Amethyst" paint color by Glidden Paints.

(A current ad for Saint Louis Crystal)

Royal Purple is going strong in fashion this fall, as evidenced on the runways by Proenza Schouler, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs and Marni.  Vera Wang used dark plums in her collection.  Lighter tones were also on show, including pale lilacs at Versace and warm mauve at Bottega Veneta.

Even the new fragrances by Marc Jacobs ("Lola") and
Dolce and Gabanna ("l'Impératrice")
are marked by their orchid and lilac bottles.

(Bluetooth Headset)
Current "TECH" offering at Colette in Paris

I originally decided to write this post based partially on Ferragamo's Fall Ad Campaign 2009/2010.  I was completely starstruck by this deep aubergine croc trench, as well as the entire look...absolute LOVE at first sight!

(from lifeischange.wordpress.com)
I couldn't resist this photo!

And I can't think of a better way to end this post than
with my favorite of all French Patisseries, la Religieuse!