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Pantone Announces Color of the Year for 2017: Greenery

Globally recognized as the authority on color, Pantone, an X-Rite company, has announced the color of the year for 2017: Greenery. The color has a Pantone number of 15-0343 and is a refreshing, revitalizing symbol of spring and new beginnings.

The color is a yellow-green shade that recalls spring foliage and the great outdoors. It is not as dark as a grassy green and, according to Leatrice Wiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront in fashions, and — as we will see as the year moves on — watches and jewelry.

Face-Contouring Jewelry Generates Instagram Buzz During New York Fashion Week

One of the most Instagrammed looks of New York Fashion Week had nothing to do with loose silhouettes or the subtle play of sheer and opaque textures. No, the look that set Instagram on fire was the futuristic face contouring jewelry crafted by Sydney-based Sarah & Sebastian.

Making its debut at Dion Lee's runway show, the karat gold or silver wire jewelry tightly defined each model's profile.

Jewelry designer Sarah Gittoes (the Sarah half of Sarah & Sebastian), told Refiner29 that each piece of rose gold or sterling silver wire was custom-molded to fit each model. Surprisingly, the jewelry is not affixed to the face in any way. It's held in place by facial tension.

“We liked the idea that each model’s contour was unique,” Gittoes said. “However, there was also the strength of uniformity.”

Refinery29 said the minimal facial jewelry added an exclusive touch to the already-gorgeous collection. The New York Times said the face jewelry heightened the mood of opulent primitivism. And Fusion.net picked the look as one of the "9 Cool Things We Love From New York Fashion Week (so far)," explaining that the customized minimal metal “face separator” highlighting the bionic aspect inside the everyday woman.

One critic pointed out a potentially cumbersome design flaw... "While it's stunning, it's not quite meant to be worn in real life... unless you can get through the day without opening your mouth," she wrote.

Others were excited to give the look a thumbs-up on Instagram. "All about the face piece" and "Face contouring on point" were just two examples of the comments being shared from the runway in real time.

Images via Instagram.

Fabulous In Rochester

Rochester native and fashion connoisseur Courtney Winslow shines the light on spring and summer fashion.

So as it turns out, classic and understated aren’t my thing. I tried to tone it down for winter, less is more...blah, blah, blah. Well, it just seemed like less of me and more of boring. When the spring shows hit Fashion Week it was like the mother ship calling me home. Bohemian gypsy glamour had me ripping off my cashmere black turtleneck. More is more. More fun, more color, more me.

Well, Taylor Swift called my bluff when she said, ”I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” Problem is, I can’t control the craziness that comes flying out of my mouth. People say “Hi, how’s the baby? You look great!” My response? “He’s an adorable fountain of drool, my head feels like it’s spinning around like The Exorcist and I’m pretty sure that I have forgotten one or two of them every time I get in my car. That happens right? (Sigh) Oh, and my new jeans won’t fit over my.... (Gasp!) Have you seen Mae? (Me running around trying to catch my daughter.) (Smile and brief eye contact.) “So how are you?” The blank look and awkward silence let me know that I have just way over-shared. And then I usually skip away with a half-laugh half-cry. Hey, I’m only as “back to normal” as I have ever been, and that’s not very normal.

Fashion is a way for me to feel less like a crazed mommy and more like a person. Not a normal person, but a fabulous person, or at least a mommy pretending to be a fabulous person. You get the point. After over a year in maternity clothes and elastic-waist dowdiness, I’m ready to just totally overdo it. Ever feel like you’re about to take something way too far? Well here I go, because fringe is the embellishment for this season. Everything I see with those slinky strings I want to gobble up. Shoes, purses, skirts and earrings are all dancing to the beat of my heart as it races with excitement. But remember: one fringed piece at a time. It’s like too many skinny margaritas; you’ll be a swaying hot mess quicker than you can say “tequila.”

Wear bohemian evening wear everywhere. Hippie-dippie drippy jewels and low-cut halter gowns are sweeping the floor this spring. Big hair? Don’t care; the undone, unpolished, no-fuss evening look has arrived. Try Granny’s macramé sweater vest over layers of printed chiffon. For your Fourth of July country club commitments, go with a Pucci print maxi dress and tall chestnut suede boots, mint julep included.

Go gingham! You can channel American Gidget playing beach blanket bingo or French-y sexpot Brigitte Bardot. Either way it screams summer lovin’. My favorite look is matching gingham shorts and gingham boxy top with tribal pearl earrings. It’s an easy outfit and can also be worn as separates. Pair the top with slouchy denim, and pair the bottoms with a crisp white cotton tunic. Perfect for summer weekend potluck pool parties; don’t forget the casserole.
Be bashful in wedding whites. Why bother renewing your vows? You can just wear the dress! Let’s be honest: one of the best parts of that day was slipping on that gown. Well, you’re more skilled and frankly much smarter now. So find a pretty white dress for this season, with lots of Chantilly lace and even more volume. It will be a perfect complement to a summer breeze.

Restock your sneaks. Are you sick of me mentioning them yet? Well, buy another pair. Make them simple white Adidas Stan Smiths. And wear them with everything, even when it looks silly. My husband thinks that I finally get his style and was very proud that I had bought a matching pair of kicks. Little does he know I’m following every fashion blogger’s lead. You can copy Fashion Week street style with a pencil skirt layered over a shirtdress, a moto leather jacket draped over the shoulders and white tennis shoes. Ask your three year old to help you dress, because I think they might have the right idea.

Be a festival girl. I may be too old and not cool enough to pull off this youthful trend, but if Saint Laurent can turn into a rocker chick than so can I. I mean, I can drop my kids at the Bonaroo family commune right? Penny Lane bell bottoms, ribbon-tied vest and a felt floppy hat for grabbing an early dinner with the girls: it’s the new “I’m not dressed up,” dressed-up look. Also known as, “I didn’t try hard, but it took me three weeks to find these flared jeans and I had to use my kids’ college fund to buy this suede crossbody bag” kind of look. I’m planning on testing this theory at the Cheap Trick concert at CMAC. Hmm…I should probably start getting ready now.

Buy more denim. Wear it as a jumpsuit, overalls, romper, shirt or just your everyday dungarees. It’s been polished and refined by Valentino, and ripped and bleach-splattered by Citizens of Humanity. If you can take the challenge, try a military jacket and a perfect white button down with a slouchy rolled jean and pointy flats. And if you’re really feeling trendy, the mom jean is moving in on your boyfriend jean. You decide: would you rather Mama’s high-waisted cropped waders or Magic Mike XXL’s low-slung Levi’s? Exactly.

Having a baby and two kids to manage makes getting dressed a luxury in itself. I can either do my makeup and get dressed (like really get dressed, not just throw on workout pants and a tee) or I can shower and do my hair. I don’t get both. So if you see me and I look all sorts of fabulous, chances are that I showered the night before or had a blow-out at Sooz. Being three places at once means it’s essential to have some go-to outfits hung neatly together in your closet, and your accessories available and organized. Jewelry trays and hooks on which to hang your favorite layering necklaces are not just a Pintrest pipe dream; they’re a necessity. Closet maintenance is as important as an oil change. So no wire coat hangers, be sure to color coordinate, and for goodness sake, pack up those winter sweaters! Spring and summer wardrobes mean fewer clothes to worry about, so the only thing you need to layer over is your golden glow.

Credits: Tammy Swales Photography, John Hardy earrings, Halcyon Days bracelets, MJ Collection cuff

Green With Envy: Beyonce Rocks the Grammys in 230 Carats of Emeralds and Diamonds

It’s been three days since Beyonce’s bedazzling appearance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and the world is still green with envy over the diva’s breathtaking emerald-and-diamond baubles totaling 230 carats and valued at $10 million.

Beyonce, who captured a “Best R&B Performance” Grammy for her song “Drunk in Love,” sported six fashion rings on five fingers for a total of 150 carats of gleaming diamonds and Colombian emeralds, reported PEOPLE Magazine.

The ring tally did not include her own 18-carat (with a “c”) engagement ring that she wore on a sixth finger, nor did it include the dangling pair of diamond-accented Colombian emerald earrings that weighed an impressive 80 carats. Designer Lorraine Schwartz provided Beyonce with her treasure trove of baubles.

On her right hand, she wore emerald rings on her ring and middle fingers, as well as an unusual ring on her index finger featuring opposite-facing pear-shaped diamonds. On her "love" hand, she wore two rings — one emerald, one diamond — on her index finger, a diamond ring on her middle finger and her engagement ring on her ring finger.

Beyonce’s emerald display at the Grammy’s came nearly two years after another high-profile, yet a bit more understated, emerald-bedecked performance of the National Anthem at Barack Obama’s Presidential Inaugural in 2013.

The singer’s fans will certainly remember the 130 carats of emeralds that adorned her ears and right hand as she entered the venue with her husband, Jay Z. The Lorraine Schwartz 80-carat petal-motif emerald earrings and 50-carat emerald ring were valued at $2.5 million.

Paving the Way for High-Tech Women's Watches

In the past decade there has been an incredible surge of interest in women’s watches. This trend has been spurred by the fact that today’s successful woman wants a watch equal in stature (technically and aesthetically) to a man’s watch, and by the fact that, finally, top-notch fine watch brands are getting the message and complying.

While women’s watches have always played an important role in history, they somehow took a back seat to men’s watches over the years. That may be because approximately 98 percent of watch collectors in America are men. It may also be because many watch brands were offering simply nice watches for women without recognizing that they like functions and mechanics, too.

Fashion watch brands of the world changed the way women look at watches. These brands offered large, oversized, cool looking timepieces that women could wear as true fashion statements. These brands seized the opportunity to incorporate chronographs and other simple functions into women’s watches. Then, the high-end designer brands started putting high-tech mechanical movements into watches for women – and they sold.

While many watch brands were making women’s watches, they started to take note of the fact that women like mechanics and function, as well. Today top watch brands are offering women’s watches with automatic movements, mechanical movements and complications. Among the more coveted complications for women: moonphase indicators (a somewhat romantic and aesthetically pleasing complexity), dual timers, calendars and chronographs.

We expect to be bringing more women’s watches to the forefront throughout the year as the newest releases come to light at the upcoming international watch shows, so please stop in and see our assortment.