Palette – Personal Color – Color of your eyes

 

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This post is about eyes related color (personal color).

Working Title/Artist: Renoir: By the SeashoreDepartment: Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date:  photography by mma, Digital File DT1875.tif retouched by film and media (jnc) 5_4_11

Working Title/Artist: Renoir: By the SeashoreDepartment: Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date:
photography by mma, Digital File DT1875.tif
retouched by film and media (jnc) 5_4_11

In the past people wore white lace collars to bring attention to their faces (see l’Histoire du look, Perruques et Belle Dentelles by ARTE France). White color enlightened people’s faces as a projector.

White collar

However, white color is the most merciless color – apart from the color of your eyes it accentuates all the possible imperfections of your face. Try it on yourself for the sake of experiment, wrap your neck and shoulders by a white sheet close to your face. Will discuss the problems with white color in separate post. Now, back to the eyes’ color. Which of the girls of Renoir’s painting attracts your immediate attention?

Working Title/Artist: Renoir: The Daughters of Catulle MendesDepartment: Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date:  photography by mma, Digital File DT1879.tif retouched by film and media (jnc) 5_4_11

Working Title/Artist: Renoir: The Daughters of Catulle MendesDepartment: Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date:
photography by mma, Digital File DT1879.tif
retouched by film and media (jnc) 5_4_11

The eye related color make the wearer appear approachable, believable and credible.

If you want to connect with people and translate the message “I am not scary or remote, I am easy to be with” then you have to dress in your personal color. The logic of such an effect is quite simple. When you are dressed in a way that your eyes put into focus, your interlocutor cannot help but look right inside of your beautiful soul.

Now the question is what is the right color? To find the right color for monochromatic people (the color of your eyes are the same as your hair, e.g. black or brown) is quite easy. It becomes trickier with “colorful persons”, especially some eyes tend to change their color depending on the outfit. The trick is to chose the best colors that will make your eyes shine.

Courtesy to www.theguardian.com

Courtesy to www.theguardian.com

Designers’ inspirations. Valentina

Here are few examples of Valentina’s sources of inspiration. Valentina, American couture and the Cult of Celebrity, famous for her extravagant statements, like this one:

“while Mainbocher unquestionably made the Duchess of Windsor look like a lady; for the same price, I could look her like a queen.”

I also have to mention Harold Koda’s foreword to the book about Valentina.
“From a business perspective, her contemporaries Norell and Mainbocher did not even begin to approach her success, and only Chanel can be seen as an equal in her faculty for self-invention and promotion. Finally, a woman who combined the aphoristic wit of Chanel, the technical virtuosity of Vionnet, the dramatic theatricality of Adrian, and the pragmatism of McCardell, is being given her due.”
Jean Fouquet, Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels, showing Charles VII's mistress Agnès Sorel (c.1450)

Jean Fouquet, Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels, showing Charles VII’s mistress Agnès Sorel (c.1450)

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Rosalind Russell in Valentina’s dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gerard David, “The Annunciation, Detail”

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Valentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow

 

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Tom Ford in his beautiful movie “A single man” uses a lot of yellow and gold colors. “A single man” is the story of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a middle-aged English college professor living in Los Angeles, which takes place over the course of a single day. George Falconer lost his boyfriend, he is in pain for several months and one day he decides to commit suicide.

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