Runway To Real Way: The Emerald City – Trying on Green for 2013

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January 14, 2013 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way


Well, its official. 2013 is here and it’s time to plan a whole new year’s worth of fabulous outfits. And if you’re looking to stray from the all too common rut of blacks, brown and grays, then we have a color for you. Pantone makes the lives of the fashionable slightly easier by choosing a color that will resonate throughout the year, and this year that color falls into the category of green. Emerald green, to be exact, but we decided to take this opportunity to explore the entire spectrum of the “lucky color” and see if we can find a pot of gold at the end of this stylish rainbow.

Not quite blue, but not 100% green, the blue-green craze was showing up all over Spring 2013 RTW runways. A brisk and breezy version of the green trend, this color goes from resort vacation wear to serious day wear when fashioned into a tailored, office-appropriate piece. Milly, always a reliable source in preppy, peppy and youthful must-haves, featured tailored blue/green pants in their Spring 2013 lineup. We loved the shape, the pleats and the effortless look so much we found a suitable alternative in these crepe Chloe pants, a modern version of the green trend that will last you for seasons to come.

The subtlety of mint green is sultry, understated and elegant. Badgley Mischka donned the faint shade of green as part of their confectionery Spring 2013 Collection. The lace, chiffon and embroidery adds an element of Old Hollywood glamour, which is coming back in evening wear in spring. Taking this “what’s old is new again” mantra, we found an equally minty version, courtesy of Alexander Wang, a designer whose strength lies in his minimalism and immaculate cuts. Let this aloe color stand on it’s own and you’ll be a breath of fresh air on any occasion.

For those willing to dive a little deeper into the green trend, neon is the hottest version for the non-faint of heart. Our favorite envelope-pushing duo, Proenza Schouler, has built a cult following from their splashy use of bright, bold color and print. We adored their take on a neo-80’s tank dress with a full-length zipper. Add in a couple lengthening panels and a fearless attitude and Michael Kors’ racer-back stretch wool crepe dress is a fierce statement that you can start wearing now and keep in the front of your closet until next fall.

And finally, we come to the creme de la creme for 2013, emerald green. Though many designers served up sumptuous versions of the color of the Land of Oz, we love the retro-inspired styling of the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet styling for Spring 2013. Bendet served up cardigans and circle skirts in her playful 50’s lineup and this emerald green gem of a skirt shone through. Opting for a little daytime razzle-dazzle, we appreciate the statement-making assets of this MSGM metallic green skater skirt. Take a cue from Bendet and pair the hue with black, white, and red for a vintage turns modern look that won’t soon be forgotten.

Take a gamble on this year’s Pantone color of emerald green, or any of these sage-colored shades, and get ready to shine like the gem that you are!

Look 1: Blue/Green Pants
Runway: Milly Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Chloe Green Crepe Runway Pants, now $444

Look 2: Mint Green Dress
Runway: Badgley Mischka Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Alexander Wang Foil-appliquéd Crumpled Satin Dress, now $290

Look 3: Neon Green Dress
Runway: Proenza Schouler RTW Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Michael Kors Racer-back Stretch Wool-crepe Dress, now $628.25

Look 4: Emerald Green Skirt
Runway: Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: MSGM Metallic Green Skater Skirt, now $239.25

– Alia Rajput

Runway Photos: WWD

Image Layout: Second City Style

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