The Colour Blue and the Devil that Wears Prada

Day 36: 33. Color: Blue

Color themed photos can be tricky.

It took a long time to figure out how I would approach what was left of the color topics. I really wanted to complete the color themes by associating a makeup look that had one color as the predominant theme, but it seemed too simple and tedious. I thought for the rest of the color topics, I would concentrate on items that are actually associated with that color. How often is it you come across an item that is actually the color you wanted? The answer to that question is not often. When it comes to colors, we want the best shade and the best hue to represent a sense of identity or a sense of style. This rings true in interior design and in fashion. I think the best quote about how specific and important colors can be is in the film “The Devil Wears Prada” as expressed by the character Miranda Priestly:

‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.

Interestingly enough, this quote focuses on a shade of blue as well. Another popular blue is the color of the boxes for Tiffany’s jewelry. When one sees a box from this jewelry store with the signature “Tiffany Blue”, then it becomes a symbol for class or Tiffany’s Trademark.

So, what do I contribute for the color blue?

A small compilation of items that I use: a workout hand band, necklaces, earrings, blue eyeliner, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

This topic is completed: 33. Color: Blue



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