The color wizards over at Pantone have announced the “color of the year” since the early 2000’s. They make this secret decision by convening twice a year, in a European capital. A secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups is held and after two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year. The colors sometimes match a zeitgeist regarding a global mood, or even seem to the be the hue “de rigueur” of fashion and home decor.
The color for 2013 is a lively, radiant and lush green – EMERALD. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony. Emerald also has royal and fantastical connotations.
A chevron, in decoration is an inverted V-shaped pattern or insignia. It was traditionally used in architecture, pottery or military uniforms. Archaoelogists have found the motif as early as 1800 BCE in Crete, in modern-day Greece. Taking a cue from the classics, Burberry rules the runway with butter toffee accents, distinctive chevron stripes, cashmere jacquard and oversized geometry.
Fun fact -when shown as a smaller size than standard, it is a diminutive called a chevronel.
My fiance’s family is Moroccan by way of Spain. Originally from Toledo, Spain, the family was expelled in 1492 following the inquisition. After the expulsion, they migrated to Safed, Salonika, and Morocco. Eventually, they arrived in Fez, Morocco, during the 16th century from Salonika, and from there went to Meknes. In the mid-19th century, the family moved to Tangier, where they became leaders of the community.
Tangier lies on the Northern tip of Africa and is known internationally as a city of multicultural assimilation – notably of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities. In the 20th century, playwright Tennessee Williams, the beat writers William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the painter Brion Gysin and the music group the Rolling Stones, have all visited, cited and stayed in this white city between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
1. Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Volupte Perle Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick // 2. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil 4.08 oz. // 3. Isabel Marant – Gregoire Striped Embroidered Jean in White, Floral, Blue // 4. Jules Smith – Tangier Hoops in Yellow Gold // 5. Spadaro – ‘Doux Amour’ Eau de Parfum // 6. Cynthia Vincent – Morocco Slipper // 7. Theodora & Callum – Red Multi Luxor Tie All Scarf // 8. Elizabeth and James – Henna Chiffon Blouse // 9. Arhaus Jewels – Arabian Nights Bracelet
1. Le Souk Ceramique – Cookable Tagine Mustard // 2. Currey & Company – Casablanca Occasional Table // 3. Votivo Candle – Moroccan Fig, 6.8 oz. // 4. Hooker Furniture – Casablanca Dining Arm Chair // 5. Furbish Studio – Morocco Cocktail Napkins // 6. A Month In Marrakesh: Recipes From The Heart Of Morocco – Coffee Table Book // 7. Amrita Singh – Casablanca Lantern // 8. Trina Turk Bedding, Tangier Stripe – Decorative Pillow // 9. Blissliving Home – Casablanca Pillow