Wednesday, June 23, 2010


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The invasion of chartreuse has catapulted through the neutrals and pales of spring and summer this year. The color is youthful, vivacious and fun but also matches more colors than one might initially consider...

Aqua and Navy

Lela Rose look from Spring 2010 (and the outfit that started my obsession)

Emerald Green and Light Blue
Another Lela Rose Spring 2010 chartreuse look

Pale Pink and Gray
3.1 Phillip Lim handmade silk jeweled dress

Based on some of the latest Resort 2011 fashion shows, this color has more staying power than your favorite desk highlighter! Resort 2011 shows projected citron pieces well past this summer and into next year.

Matthew Williamson showed this inventive luncheon look in his Resort 2011 collection. The chartreuse top really pops against the gray, metallic fabric, but I love how he incorporated emerald green into the lapel of the jacket. The green on green-derivative gives some cohesiveness to the look while the textured, neutral fabric is far from basic but still complementary.

Matthew Williamson Resort 2011 Look

Diane von Furstenburg also mixed the peppy hue into her mostly black and white geometric Resort collection. Besides featuring one solid head to toe chartreuse look, she also popped shoes, bags and even visors with the bold bright.

DVF Resort 2011 from

DVF Resort 2011 from

DVF Resort 2011 from

Pairing chartreuse accessories with classic black and white really highlights (pardon the pun) the pieces, making classic espadrille wedges or a ladylike clutch a bit more adventurous! It also allows you to play with a little bit of color if a solid chartreuse dress or top seems intimidating or overwhelming.

Adam Lippes at ADAM also embraced the color but took a more basic approach, keeping shapes classic, such as with this staple cool-weather cardigan.

ADAM Resort 2011

At Anthropologie, stylists broke up the bright color with a tribal white pattern while also toning it down with khaki satin shorts. This top is available now if you want to dip your toe into the chartreuse puddle...

Flowering Pasutre Blouse at Anthropologie

If you think you might be interested in citron this year, try it out. You won't be disappointed, especially since you'll be able to wear it now with pales, khakis and whites and swing it into autumn with gray, taupes, and black.

Join the invasion. It's a close encounter of the stylish kind.

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