Runway To Real Way: Get Into The Green Scene.

June 4, 2012 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

There’s no denying green is pretty big these days. As more and more people incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyles, green is enjoying a moment in the spotlight both on and off the runway. The color of grass, trees and plants, green embodies a certain joie de vivre when incorporated into a summer wardrobe. We suggest putting your “green thumb” to the test by trying out many shades of  shades as you can. Fresh bursts of kelly green make as much of a statement as a cool whisper of mint. And whether you choose a dress or separates, pastel or neon — “going green” has never looked better.

The true origin of the color mint is often disputed. Many say it is blue, as the color is often associated with a the flavor of a stick of gum. But we don’t think it’s called mint green for nothing, and actually enjoy that it toes the line between both. Anyway you slice it, it is a pretty pastel for summer that is at once edgy and elegant. Why else would the masterminds behind Yves Saint Laurent choose the color as it’s focus for the Spring 2012 collection? Tailored jackets cut perfectly out of the hue are a must-have piece for the season, and we love the menswear spin on this tuxedo version from A.L.C. A classic shape in a unique color equals an investment piece that will last you forever.

Gone are the days of kelly green being pulled from your closet for one day, and one day only (hint: think leprechauns and blarney stones). These days, the cheerful shade is enjoying a more regular rotation and many designers even trotted the hue down their spring runways (sans bagpipes, of course). CNC Costume National created a shade-on-shade kelly green confection for their show, complete with a shiny, waxed denim. As a more every day alternative, we adore these Rag & Bone skinny capri jeans for just about any occasion. The cropped length makes them perfect for the season, and when paired with a filmy top (as seen above) they easily become a fun alternative to your regular going out jean.

What can a color story be these days without the inclusion of neon? The eye-popping, head-turning shades are everywhere these days and frankly, we can’t get enough, Summer is made for the risk taking clothes you may never wear for the rest of year, and neon packs that perfect punch. Vionnet took the plunge with neon green this season, splashing the color down their runway with pleats and hi-lo hems. Again, a visual splendor but a look deemed too dramatic to replicate for everyday. Luckily, there are  scores of neon pieces on shelves these days, ripe for the picking. One were particularly fond of is this simple little sheath by Leah McSweeney, a slip-on style that can be accessorized to the max. With neon more always equals more.

Another common runway trend that’s been translated to the street style elite is color-blocking, and green has always been one of the usual suspects. Blocking a neutral shade of green with a pop of pink creates a look that’s playful and fun, but can still be wearable for work. Sophie Theallet color-blocked thrice with her green, pink and orange ensemble, a fresh take on summer work wear. We found a suitable alternative with this Bench jersey dress, a sweet little number that can get a ton of mileage for a tiny price tag.

Infuse some fresh and flirty green into your wardrobe this summer and see how great it is in the green scene!

1. Mint Green Jacket
Runway: Yves St. Laurent Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: A.L.C. Mint Green Zoe Blazer, now $507

2. Kelly Green Pants
Runway: CNC Costume National Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Rag & Bone Skinny Green Capri Jeans, $165

3. Neon Green Dress
Runway: Vionnet Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Leah McSweeney The Rebound Dress in Neon Green, $162

4. Color Block Skirt
Runway: Sophie Theallet Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Bench Gray and Green Jersey Dress, $33

– Alia Rajput

Runway Photos: NYmag

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