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Color forecasters are calling for it, celebrities are walking the red carpet in it and I can”t resist it.  Associated with royalty, spirituality and uncommonly found in nature, it may hold the most attraction for those who consider themselves to be unconventional.  What is it?  The color purple, of course.  Take a look at some haute purple fashion to choose your favorite way to express your inner princess.

January’s Golden Globes featured these beautiful actresses all in various shades of the regal hue (left to right):  Jane Krakowski in a J. Mendel goddess gown, Rose Byrne i LanvinLeona Lewis in a Roberto Cavalli gown, Sandra Bullock in Bottega Veneta and Alfre Woodward in a Pamela Rolland dress.

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MiniMarket Night bag by stylepaste.com

Krystof Strozyna sleeveless black structured minidress with exposed back zipper detail and graphic print.  Find yours at farfetch.com – a new way to shop for fashion

Gigi chic purple python bracelet with gold clasp at maxandchloe.com

Labour of Love peplum blouse available at http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/item10038669.aspx

Hermès Upcycled Sustainability

The French fashion house Hermès has launched a new collection, dubbed “Petit H” .  Company artisans recycle defective merchandise and cutting-floor waste such as castoff teapot spouts into jewelry hangers, flawed crystal tableware into a set of dumbbells, and leather scraps into a dramatic necklace high-end jewelry among other decorative accessories. Viola – glamorous upcycling. The first show/trunk sale ran Nov. 13 to Dec. 4, 2010 at the luxury goods manufacturer/retailer’s flagship store in Paris. According to sustainable fashion site Ecouterre, collections are scheduled for Tokyo and Osaka in May, and New York and Beverly Hills in October.

H&M Recycled Threads

Leave it to the Brit label H&M to produce sustainable style using recycled PET bottles or textile waste. Available this spring, these styles are a nod to the 60’s and 70’s and include stand-outs such as this floral print chiffon dress made from recycled polyester and shorts of  organic cotton or linen.

On the home front, American designer  Tim Byrne re-imagines old factory cast-offs as stylish and functional tables by combining them with iron, exotic wood, aluminum footings and glass. http://timbyrnedesigns.com

Interested in upcycling your own finds? Check out DIY Dress-Up Ideas: 5 Sexy Ways to Upcycle Old Clothing | Designs …

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Rihanna in her see through Jean Paul Gaultier confection of a dress was flashy…and trashy.  Not an improvement from last year’s white dress (on the left). Katy Perry’s angel winged dress made her look like she made a wrong turn off the Victoria’s Secret runway switching places with Heidi Klum somehow along the way.

I found Gwenyth Paltrow‘s navigation down the stairs and onto the piano to harmonize with Cee Lo Green a riveting performance but for all the wrong reasons.  I couldn’t stop staring at her Christian Louboutin Futura multi-colored stiletto booties and thinking that any moment she would fall, making it hard to focus on her vocals (not to mention the muppets). I have to give the stylist credit for the shoe selection itself – it complimented the look of the number well.

Three ladies topped the fashion charts with their glamorous looks. Florence Welch with her Givenchy swan dress was a standout. Kathy Griffin looked svelte in her yellow metallic brocade dress.  All grown up in her J. Mendel dress and Judith Leiber clutch was a shimmering Selena Gomez.

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Looking for a new way to navigate your fashionable life? Take a look at these great style statements to accessorize your home, your body or your errands in city savvy style.

For geographical inspiration, this City Plates Collections is a fabulous transit/ urban-inspiring set to adorn your modern table.  Choose from Collection 1 featuring Los Angeles, Shanghai, Cairo, and Berlin, or select Collection 2 with New Orleans, Washington DC., Las Vegas and Dubai.

Project Runway alumEtsy shop owner, and fabric layering expert,Leanne Marshall designed this lovely topography inspired dress.

Manish Arora 3142 MDS10 Multi Silk City Print dress is available at http://anastasiaboutique.com/

Subway Mighty Wallet® designed by Terrence Kelleman is made from a single piece of  Tyvek® imprinted with an image of the New York City subway map. Includes four credit-card slots and two currency pockets created by a simple folding system that eliminates the need for seams and stitching. An earth friendly plus, this wallet is recyclable.  Go to http://www.momastore.org/
 

Find your way around NYC by taking a look at your shorts?  That’s right, if you happen to find this pair at http://www.transitmuseumstore.com/.

Enjoy just a small accent piece with a map?   Go to  http://www.etsy.com/ for this dress pendant made from reclaimed vintage tin toy globes.

Want to show your global style while out on your trek to the market?  Check out http://www.maptote.com/ and choose your favorite destination.

Time to hit the road?  Whether you’re running around town or out of town, drive dressed in style.  Check out these Burberry studded driving gloves on sale for $175 now at Saks Fifth Avenue.

This slim fitting denim jacket with exaggerated funnel neck that can be styled different ways is the perfect coverup for your road trip Buy at allsaints.com Don’t forget your driving shoes.  This Reagan Campus style from Fyre is available at www.zappos.com/Frye

Tory Burch offers this style in white or orange.

Metal chain accents make this Versus bag a fitting choice for any road warrior. Browns fashion and designer clothes & clothing

And show a little skin to keep it flashy.  Do it yourself by checking out this link:  How to Make Torn or Ripped Denim Jeans | eHow.com Now…. drive on you sexy vixen!

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Are you stuck in a color rut? Do you find yourself reaching for the same color combinations time and again?  Or, worse yet, do you suffer from color paralysis and only dress in all black or various denim-y colors? No worries, check out these innovative resources and expand your color comfort zone from monotone to the full chromatic spectrum.

This creative blog turns one year old today.  A new outfit is featured each day with the related color key below.  The color combinations are sure to increase your color wavelength.   http://color-collective.blogspot.com/

Go to http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com to see Pantone color pallettes referenced for Spring/Summer 2011.

Design Options is a Los Angeles based color trend forecasting company.  Check out their blog to view cutting edge color boards like this one below.  Better still, come to hear Creative Director Fran Sude speak this Wednesday at 11am at the Pacific Design Center‘s Blue Conference Center in Los Angeles to learn about the six inter-industry color trends for 2012.  One attendee will receive a free “Season of Color.”

http://design-options.blogspot.com/p/storyboards.html

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