Pantone’s 2012 Color Of The Year

Tangerine Tango….is Pantone’s 2012 color of the year.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it”, said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

From fashion and nail polish, to everything that is home decor…

To arrive at the selection, Pantone considered global color influences from areas including the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions.  Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention, according to a company release. (Article from Home Accents Today January 2012)

As you can see, it doesn’t take much Tangerine Tango to make a big statement…a pillow here, an accessory there…

When I visit Market each year, I always pay attention to the Global Views showroom.  They’re always on the cutting edge of new and upcoming trends. Above was there front-and-center display this year…Tangerine Tango!

And, in case you’re wondering, Pantone’s past colors include:

Hope I’ve inspired you to Tango this year!

Till Next Time,

Alba


AllSaints Spitalfields

During my trip home to Miami last month, I went shopping with my sister to Aventura Mall in North Miami Beach.   The mall is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, JCP, Sears and Bloomingdales…

…but the main event are the hundreds of exquisite specialty shops in between.  It was there where I found:

The London based retailer of clothing for men women and children, has been around since the early 1990’s.  The apparel is a curious mix of biker and Victorian…and evokes what feels like an Early Industrial Age.

Privately held, AllSaints has presence in Miami, Boston, San Francisco, So California, New York’s Soho district, Chicago and Las Vegas.  That’s, of course, in addition to United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The stores are known  for the countless vintage Singer sewing machines that line the windows floor-to-ceiling.  

 

 Inside, the display fixtures are constructed from salvaged industrial materials, or at least made to look that way. 

 

iPads are strategically installed throughout the store, allowing customers to order online or simply browse digital touch-screen catalogs.

 

  

 

 

Vintage mannequins, with an industrial look, contribute to an aesthetic that is a mix of British Punk and American Wild West.

 The apparel can be best described as minimalist, in an almost non-color pallet of greys, blacks, tans and whites, with a definite and prevailing Steampunk look.

 

 

My sis modeling a great little dress that she fell in love with.

 

 

I LOVE these shoes!

 

I love this store!  Probably not a style I would wear daily, but definitely for those special occations. The prices are a bit on the high end, but not outrageous.  The quality is good and the clothes are unique. But even if you don’t care for the style of dress, simply visiting the store is a visually stimulating experience…I love this store….maybe one will come to Dallas soon.

Till Next Time,

Alba