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Featuring Pantone Color of the 2012 Tangerine Tango and Dulux Orange Color trend 2012

Orange is really in vogue this season. I am not too fond of orange but I just love the red orange colors available in fashion, décor and other items. One of my favorite pastimes at this time of year is watching the Australian Open Tennis. It reminds me of the times I spent with my mother in law discussing the characters and fashions on court. This year the stand out (I think) is the Stella McCartney red orange tennis dress worn by Caroline Wozniacki.

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Last week I sang at a friend’s wedding and surprised everyone by wearing a red orange layered dress with a matching shrug and fascinator.  I tend to wear lighter more subdued colors. I must admit I really enjoyed the change and plan to add more bright, oranges, melon and peach colored items to my wardrobe.

Concept Board created by Rosena on

The orange range created by Dulux this year is a nostalgic look back to the oranges of the 60s and 70s. The vintage colors are homely and fresh. The deep tones can be used to create a homey relaxed atmosphere. The lighter tints can create a sense of sunny freshness making people feel alive.

Red orange is a great color to use in dining rooms or restaurants as it can stimulate conversation and appetite. The Pantone color of 2012 is the vibrant fun Tangerine Tango 17 – 1463. It is a reddish orange with just enough yellow to make it a friendly, bright exciting hue.

Concept Board created by Rosena on

I have used Pantone’s color of 2012 ‘Tangerine Tango’ and the Dulux ‘Time Honoured’ as inspiration for the concept boards featured in this blog. I have been meaning to mention my spelling of words like color. I often use Australian spellings like colour and honoured instead of honored. Sometimes I forget to use US spellings in my blog. Hope you don’t find this confusing.


A sample of Coco on Sample Board Online

Last week I came across images of Coco Chanel’s apartment on the website. I was particularly impressed by the staircase. What a remarkable women; Coco’s influence can still be felt today. Think Chanel No 5.

During 1922 the colour beige became the rage. Coco Chanel made the greatest impact on style in the 1920’s.She had her salon decorated in beige. Coco designed collarless tweed jackets in shades of subtle beige. She also used flesh coloured stockings with pale beige shoes to emphasize the length of the leg. The heels and toes of the shoes were black.

Coco created clothes modelled on the Englishman’s tailored styles. This included pullovers in pale shades. She also introduced the little black dress, bell bottomed trousers and was famous for the Chanel suit still in style today.

Chanel moved in artistic circles. Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Diaghilev and Salvador Dali were among the men she met at dinner parties held by her great friend Misia Sert. The Paris of 1925 was a perpetual party according to George Auric.

Coco Chanel changed the fashion of the masses. She transformed women’s fashion by removing corsets, whalebone stays and chokers from her designs. She also encouraged women to cut their hair. She advocated sunbathing and bathing suits rebelling against the conventions of the day.

At this time glitter was introduced into the home, glossy lacquered furniture and screens, shiny floor tiles, and varnished walls. Gold, silver, bronze, steel and chrome were combined with marble and glass as ornaments on furniture. In the early 20’s silver and black were high fashion colours in decor.

Sonia Delaunay brought the intense colours and forms of Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cubism into textiles. She expressed colour in terms of musical scales, harmonies and rhythms.

I was going to finish this subject in one blog but I will finish for today and continue the discussion later giving Coco the last word today.

‘Fashion is not something 
that exists in dresses only. 
Fashion is in the sky, in the street, 
fashion has to do with ideas, 
the way we live, what is happening.’ 
Coco Chanel

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