Four Celebrity Colors of Summer

August 9, 2008 • Magazine

Four Celebrity Colors of Summer

Four Celebrity Colors of Summer

Sat, 2008-08-09 09:00

Simona Kogan

Blues and blacks and silver linings may be for cold winter months, but when the heat is on, the colors come popping out on celebrities. These A-listers are likely to trade in their stiff blazers, nylon leggings, navy dresses, and gray tweed skirts for pastels and bright pinks, hyper-cool neon embellishments and sleek, but vivid styles.

And the most prominent colors of all are not what you’d think! Sure, orange and yellow are bright summer hues but stars are wearing them in full force—boldly and brilliantly. The other two, purple and jade green, were thought to be fall shades but seems fashionistas and designers alike have added a gentle friendliness to the shades in their stylings, making them perfect for a level of fall sophistication but dapper enough to don in summer sizzle.

Let’s take a look at how celebs pull off the keen colors of summer!

Like sunshine on a cloudy day, celebs in yellow make the world much brighter. We were as whipped as anyone when we saw Angelina Jolie in a bright yellow sundress—we had so gotten used to her drab monotones that the yellow dress was a breath of fresh air. Though, it was April, yellow is the perfect color for summer months, too. Rihanna always says yes to yellow. She wore a bright yellow Robert Rodriguez jacket to top off her all-black outfit and purple boots! She also wore a tiered yellow Giambattista Valli to the BET Awards in July. Yellow definitely packs a punch.

If you’re going to wear yellow this summer:
• Stick to one or two other colors. You don’t want to look like a Crayola Crayon box.
• Pick Black. Black and yellow are a perfect combination and very in-style this summer.

We were sure glad to see Maggie Gyllenhaal perk up her otherwise black wardrobe when a Jean Paul Gaultier lace at the Dark Knight premire in Tokyo. It definitely lifted our spirits. Eva Longoria sizzled in an orange bikini on a luxury boat in Italy. Carrie Underwood, too, topped her short shorts at the CMA Music Festival with a mere $69 orange ruffled blouse from Bebe prompting People magazine to write, “Red carpet style doesn’t have to be couture.” And neither does orange apparently.

If you’re going to wear orange this summer:
• Look for dresses. Tops like Carrie’s are OK, but dresses really make you pop.
• Go for a bronzed look. Be careful because orange can easily make pale skin look washed out.

Jade Green
And now for something different! Remember when Julianne Moore wore that transparent green dress to the Oscars? These are so much better then that! Sarah Michelle Gellar added lace-up sandals to her summery, tiered green dress while walking in lower Manhattan. Jada Pinkett Smith proved you can easily dress up the color and take up a trend when donning this sexy and chic Grecian-style Herve Leroux dress at the Hancock premiere. Finally, Portia DeRossi added appeal to Ellen‘s drab black and white menswear look by wearing an emerald green Lanvin dress and gold necklace to top off an elegant duo at the 2008 Emmy’s.

If you’re going to wear jade green this summer:
• Green works well in combination. Green and gold, green and black, and even green and purple are interesting and fun mixes to try.
• The color speaks for itself so not a lot of make-up is required. Gold and white definitely brings out the sheen in your face next to green and sometimes a little black eyeliner pops nicely for evening.

The new hit color of summer – purple is definitely the hottest trend worth trying! All the celebs are making their mini-rounds in minidresses…in purple of course! Lindsay Lohan, for example, wore a mod purple tube dress to the MTV Movie Awards. Blake Lively also wore a mod purple minidress in toga style to the Teen Choice Awards. Emmy Rossum proved purple a worthy shade in a body hugging purple Alice & Olivia dress at their Hamptons fashion show. Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron both ruffled up their purple feathers in purple ruffles at the Cannes Film Festival and a premiere of Hancock respectively. Hey, it’s the look of the season!

If you’re going to wear purple this summer:
• Purple dresses are all the rage! Top them off with strappy black platforms or pumps.
• Don’t want to wear purple all over? Opt for purple accessories like thick bangles, earrings, bags, and shoes. They’ll surely make the outfit pop!

1. Angelina Jolie
2. Maggie Gyllenhaal
3. Carrie Underwood
4. Sarah Michelle Gellar
5. Jada Pinkett Smith
6. Emmy Rossum
7. Lindsay Lohan

Image Layout: Jessica Piraro

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