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A model carries a handbag from the Anna Sui 2007 fall collection at Fashion Week in New York. The color purple is flattering in many shades, and is friendly to most skin tones, hair colors and ages.
The color purple
Fashion’s passion reigns for fall
By Samantha Critchell
AP Fashion Writer
Purple is in the pink this fall.
The color is ubiquitous in fall clothes, and no wonder. It’s flattering in many shades, and is friendly to most skin tones, hair colors and ages. As a mailer from Barneys New York Co-op, the more casual division of fashion arbiter Barneys, declared “purple is the new black.”
Purple was prominent on the fall runways, from Anna Sui to Vera Wang, and Wang also uses it as a key color in the debut of the Simply Vera line at Kohl’s. Purple shirts are worn under almost every cardigan or jacket in a J. Jill catalog, and Catherine Beaudoin, general manager of online shoe shop Piperlime.com, says it’s a strong shade for accessories.
“It’s definitely popping,” Beaudoin says. “I think it’s very wearable in accessories — shoes, handbags, scarves and gloves. It’s often very dramatic to take a strong color and wear it on your feet or wrap it around your neck over an otherwise subdued outfit.”
Yahoo! Shopping added a “shop by color” feature earlier this month that divides options on the site into 56 color categories. One recent day, lavender was the seventh most popular dress color and purple was the ninth. Perennial favorites, such as navy, black and red were the top three. In the handbag and wallet category, purple was No. 9.
“It’s more unusual to have these great bright colors for fall. You sort of expect it for spring,” says Susan Kaufman, editor in chief of People StyleWatch, which labeled purple one of the top shades of the season. (The others were fuchsia and cobalt blue.)
If you want to follow conventional wisdom, an eggplant purple falls into the category of deeper colors normally associated with cooler weather, Kaufman says. But, she suggests, if you want to get noticed, try something that borders magenta.
A French Connection dress.
“Purple happens to be my favorite color,” says Nicole Fischelis, fashion director at Macy’s. “I love purple because the symbolism of purple itself is very interesting, it’s linked to power and spirituality.”
She also loves it because it looks so good with black and gray, fall’s other key color, or trendy silver or patent leather.
“It looks fabulous in knitwear but also charmeuse for a feminine blouse and chic dress,” she explains. “It looks good in a jacket silhouette and, for accessories, it can be in suede, leather or patent — or even colored bangles.”
J. Jill makes the case on its selling floor that light purples like lavender look great with chocolate brown.
Purple’s prominence has led to other hues that hadn’t been seen for a while, including lilac and hot pink — all of which are in the same family, she says.
Piperlime’s Beaudoin says the popularity extends to deep bourdeaux and even grape.
Investment in any of these shades is probably a wise one as they were also featured in many of the spring collections previewed for fashion insiders earlier this month.
Finola Hughes, star of Style network’s “How Do I Look?”, has already made her purple purchases, including patent leather clutch purse and a satin blouse that she plans to wear under a paler purple cashmere cardigan by Phillip Lim.
“I never liked purple before this season, but it looks so vibrant now,” says Hughes. “It doesn’t look so ’80s to me, probably because it’s being worn with gray flannel.”
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