Your True Colors

1.04.2013

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When we ring in a new year, we find the idea of resolutions to be so idyllic. This cut-throat world isn't always keen on second chances and especially not clean slates, so we love delighting in this gift that comes with the date 01/01 once a year.

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Among the popular promises to be 15 pounds lighter and regular gym-goers also comes those who wish to be more of a color connoisseur.

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I'll be the first to admit I understand the addictive nature of neutrals; but, there comes a point when a go-to becomes a cop-out.

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It's true: emerald's glory days are ticking away on Pantone's timer, while blacks and cremes will always hold a place in our hearts and our closets, however we must break this bad habit and explore the color spectrum for all it's worth.

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In doing so, we look to the queen of color blocking herself--Elisa Nalin.

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Born and bred in Verona, Italy, she spent many years studying in Milan before she earned the title of creative director at Samsonite in their footwear department. From one fashion capital to the next, she's sinced moved to Paris where she regularly contributed to various international publications of Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Vogue. To date, her official job description is a stylist, and she's one of the best in the business.

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Of course, the trick to this trade is owning a unique style of your own before you're granted license to create looks for others. She could easily be ruffled by the up-and-coming trends, but chooses instead to trust her instincts and go with her go-against-the-grain gut.

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I sometimes get discouraged when I find myself drawn to something in a store that looks eerily similar to something that's been hanging in my closet for years. Elisa reminds us that there's no shame in knowing what we like and repeating it often with a new spin. In fact, there's a certain merit in being able to reinvent your fashion wheel over and over again.

She's constantly pushing the fashion envelope with fancy footwear,
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pleats,
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pattern mixing & matching,
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and funky eyewear.
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Her spunky style is matched by her equally perky personality.

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Her twitter account often uses more exclamation marks than it does actual letters.

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It's this charming smile and inviting personality that stands out in a sea of brooding, oh-so-serious fashionistas, exhibit A being the Anna Wintour.

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You can't help feel like you're staring at a human ray of sunshine when spotting Elisa's street wear style.

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When asked what she's wearing, she'll most frequently name drop Lanvin, Valentino, Dries and Marmi--not a shabby list in the slightest. But, she's also known to combine couture with vintage, exuding that intriguing eclectic look, so don't be intimidated by the big labels.

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Along a similar note, don't assume she fears monochromaticity the way we oftentimes stray from color.

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She's got that certain je ne sais quoi and

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epitomizes the era of fashion we're currently in: an era of breaking old conventional rules to build upon  the endless layers and dimensions that make up the wardrobe of a modern twenty-first century girl.

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She confesses she simply loves "things that are pretty"--a virtue we can all identify with. I understand my initial plea was to inject a little color into your closet and not to wear the rainbow like Elisa manages to pull off, but her outlandish style serves as more of a lesson than a mannequin guide: a lesson in consistency and utilizing the most flattering accessory of them all, confidence. Bravo, Miss Nalin, bravo!



2 comments:

Julianne said...

into this and her

Anonymous said...

Marni*