Friday, November 6, 2009

Universal Colours

Ezibuy developed a blog this year, and one of October's feautres is 10 style tips from image professional Anne Reinten.

You may learn something helpful, but remember this is only one person's view on how to manipulate colours and fabric to accentuate or hide your physical features. If you don't agree with what she says, keep looking. There are other image professionals who have different views.

I began researching this intriguing subject this year. If you have any knowledge of the subject, I'd be delighted to hear from you. The aforementioned Ezibuy column has exposed an example of one significantly divergent image viewpoint, ironically entitled Universal Colours.

Viewpoint A, courtesy of Anne Reinten
Universal Colours: Black, White, Grey, Ivory, Navy, Camel and Denim Blue
Universal colours are those that are neither all cool or all warm. They are also medium in value (medium-light, medium, medium-dark) - they are not very dark, light, bright or dull. Universal colours suit everyone and are seen every year without fail. They make great buys especially when in classic garments and are perfect for uniforms and bridesmaids.

Viewpoint B, courtesy of Debbie AlbrechtUniversal Colours: Melon, Turquoise, Periwinkle Blue, and Off-White
No matter what your complexion, you will look great wearing these colours. That's why they're universal.

View B is taught by Colours in Harmony image consultants. I appreciate consultants' skills but like to have their theories confirmed by the evidence of my own eyes. In the case of universal colours, I've observed that not everyone looks great in black, white, grey, etc, but thus far I have seen support for turquoise and melon being colours in which every woman looks gorgeous.

I suggest that the Ezibuy columnist mislabelled her colour group. The term she should have used to describe those readily available, basic or foundation colours that tone in with everything else is NEUTRALS.

Tip of the Week:
When discussing or studying the art of appearance, clarify the meaning of terms used, in the same way one does when discussing God, heaven and hell, etc. Establish common vocabulary definitions and your study or conversation will be more productive.

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