Blue Skies Ahead

March 19, 2006 • Magazine

Blue Skies Ahead

Blue Skies Ahead

Mon, 2006-03-20 01:00

Andra Naylor

Did you know that it’s somebody’s job to forecast the upcoming season’s colors for both fashion and interior designers? And it’s not just a somebody. It’s a whole bunch of bodies. There are color experts, color forecasters and companies devoted to tracking color trends and predicting upcoming ones.

The Pantone Color Institute surveyed New York Fashion Week designers to find the most inspirational colors for spring. The top ten colors – sand dollar, deep ultramarine, french vanilla, lily green, skyway, blue tint, cameo pink, melon, clove and viola — focus on the idea of relaxation, which sounds good to me.

So take a deep breath, think spring and enjoy these shopping suggestions:

Be the life of the party in Diane von Furstenburg’s Asti Dress in Dreamscape ($345 at Von Furstenburg proves she’s not only the master of the dress, but also of the season’s color palette. This party dress is whimsical yet chic and was my inspiration for adding color to my wardrobe.

Be glamourous in Ruth’s Deep Ultramarine babydoll dress with beaded bodice ($183 at Its lush and airy shape will have you smooth-sailing into summer. Be beautiful in another of the season’s blue hues in BCBG’s casual strapless dress in Blue Tint for $200.

Work two fresh-from-the-forecast colors into your wardrobe with a French Vanilla and Sand Dollar halter dress by Trina Turk, $317 at Or opt for Miss Sixty’s girly vintage-style pullover ($119 at

Stand out this season with Lauren Moffatt’s Lily Green and metallic strapless dress for $312 on J.Crew offers its take on the carefree color with a silk chiffon strapless stress for $150 on

Add some sparkle with Robert Rodriguez’s petal sequined layer tank for $129 at (Bluefly is great for shopping because you can shop by color, an option more websites should feature.) Pair Rodriguez’s everyday tank with jeans or a white skirt to look fresh and feminine.

My favorite of all the colors is Melon and I found so many great examples, but loved Banana Republic’s affordable ribbon-bound dress the best ($148 at

Purple and I have never really gotten along, but Prada’s leather sandals with crochet are tempting me to welcome Viola into my life, $297 at Designers describe this season’s purple as a bit vintage, somewhat sugary and perfectly sweet.

Step it up with Cacharel’s silk tulip skirt in Clove ($325 at, a 3-tier confection with scalloped edges and a fold at the waist. Pair it with a simple white tank, gold jewelry and you’re ready to go!

If you’re still a little shaky about adding so much color to your closet, consider doing it with accessories. Jewelry, scarves and belts add an easy punch of color. I love Vilaiwan’s rose necklace in this season’s Cameo Pink for $190 on Check out for shawls by Maasai, beautiful handbeaded wraps made in Kenya. In Melon, Sand Dollar and Clove for $360 each.

If you haven’t noticed, we here at Second City Style are on a mission – we’re determined to get Chicago out of black and into some color. So what color will you shop for first?

1. Diane von Furstenburg, 2. Ruth, 3. Trina Turk, 4. Lauren Moffatt, 5. Robert Rodriguez, 6. Banana Republic, 7. Prada, 8. Vilaiwan, 9. Maasai

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