Saturday, April 25, 2009

Spring 2009: Colors to WEAR NOW

This is the final set of three colors that Pantone has featured for Spring 2009. The trio is soft, cool and collected. Our first color is a cool look dating back into the 1930's and 1940's when so many things in fashion and decor were this muted hue. The color is called "Lucite Green" which refers to the early plastic produced by DuPont around the WWII era for jewelry and other items. This hue was revived in the 1980's during a rage for all things 1940's (the group: "Manhattan Transfer" being a good example). Now it's back again, and you can find it in so many vintage looks.[Lucite Green: 14-5714]
The neutral in this set of nine colors is a medium grey. Called 'slate gray', it can be worn with the range of colors shown earlier. Consider it a 'basic' along with white to play up the use of color in your wardrobe. [Slate Gray: 16-5804]
A very 1960's green finishes the collection. Warm and spicey, it looks great with casual denim or sporty khaki and white. This green is yet another to appear as the term 'green' becomes an everyday term in our vocabulary to mean 'ecological' and earth wise. Expect more greens this Fall and Winter. [Vibrant Green: 16-6339]

If you see something here that you like, we may have it listed on our Etsy shop: Pintuckstyle where we sell vintage fashion, or Pintucksew where vintage and retro fabric and patterns are available.

Monday, April 20, 2009


This is the second color trend review from a series of three on the Pantone color trend predictive for Spring 2009 . This set is warm and vibrant. A mod green that was wildly popular in the late 1950's and 1960's is shown first. Greens: celery, grass, avocado, olive, and other natural tones were often paired with a turqoise or other warm blues during the 1960's. The result? A young, vibrant and crisp duo. Another pairing is with pink, especially the hot type, for a wild mod look. When looking for this coloring, try the 1960's and early 1970's, where it won't disapoint! [Dark Citron: 16-0435]
It's no coincidence that spring's first color is so often a 'look at me' yellow. In vintage fashion bright yellow shows up in every decade where brights are found. You can dilute the effect by choosing this bright tone within a print, where it can pick up any outfit or accent a deeper hue. [Super Lemon: 14-0754]
Salmon, grapefruit, melon, peach and other warm tones of pink were so popular in the 1980's. Once again, they are coming into popular use. If this pink seems too bright, wear it in small doses: a top, scarf or belt. This hot color compliments skin tones and brings out a warmth and glow that is always flattering. [Salmon Rose: 15-1626]

Our samples are from past, present, and future merchandise from either the Pintuckstyle or Pintucksew shops on Etsy.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Spring Color in Vintage Fashions

This is the first post in a series of three showing COLOR TRENDS for Spring/Summer 2009, as presented by Pantone. There are nine colors in the forcast, and we can't help but notice the influence of the 1970's and 1980's fashion colors. Each slide shows our color group with examples that are close if not exact to the color trend prediction. The purpose is to show vintage examples, both fabric and fashion, that contain the color or are a good compliment to wear with that color.

The first slide shows a soft lavander that was wildly popular as the 'Halson' years progressed. At the time it was mostly seen in soft Quiana knits, voile tops, and skirts. This tone is great when mixed with denim and upbeat solids that are deeper and stronger in hue. [Lavender: 15-3817]
Bright, deep pink was used extensively in the 1980's. Termed magenta, fuchsia, or hot-pink it saw use in prom, bridal and other formal wear. As a sportswear color, the '84 Olympics went so far as to pair it with a teal blue. Today fuschsia looks vintage. It can be styled successfully as a solid, or used to accent a look. [Fuchsia Red: 18-2328]
This vivid warm blue is more compelling than other blues we have seen in recent seasons. The color is bright, clear and warm, unlike the violet-toned blues of last winter. This blue presents a cross over from as far back as the 1950's and 1960's, when bright blues were a huge fad in modern design. It re-emerged in the 80's showing up on blouses, in suits and dresses. [Palace Blue: 18-4043]

The items in the slides above are all from the Pintucks collection: past, present and future. If you see something you like, just ask, it may be available.


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