In case you missed it, before 2016 came to a close the experts at Pantone revealed the new color of the year. They’ve chosen Greenery, also known as “nature’s neutral.” What I find most interesting is that the color is also representative of hope and new beginnings. How fitting.. I will admit that grassy green has never been one of my go-to hues, but in the spirit of change I’m giving Greenery a try.
This color homage to springtime was mirrored in the collections from major houses, particularly Balenciaga and Etro. Demna Gvasalia didn’t disappoint with his second collection for Balenciaga full of vivid color and no lack of inspiration. Aside from blurring the lines between pants and shoes, there were several other standouts from the collection infused with leafy tones, like printed frocks and tailored sets. For Etro, the aesthetic strayed little from their familiar bohemian chic sea of prints and paisleys. However, Veronica Etro kept things current including cool girl staples like pajama inspired separates and crop tops, all while throwing splashes of Greenery into the palette.
The closer we get to springtime warmth, the easier this color trend will be to fully embrace. All the same, we’ve rounded up some options to get you thinking. For a solid pop of color, try this satin Balenciaga asymmetric top or Mary Katrantzou’s Clovis Flower wool skirt. I’m also really partial to incorporating some Greenery via prints, same brightness but slightly less committal. The Prada floral stretch skinny pants and Gucci metallic floral mini skirt are prime examples. Pair them with crisp whites on top and let the colors do the talking. And because it’s still freezing, Gucci and Miu Miu are offering cashmere sweaters with hints of this trendy hue that worth a second look.
This is a big week for Americans, starting with MLK Day and ending with a controversial inauguration. With new beginnings on the horizon, you’d expect a palpable sense of hope in the air. We’re transitioning into a new and unpredictable era, but fear and negativity will get us nowhere. So, I’m starting to think Pantone was on to something. I mean, we’re all in this big, crazy world together. Why not starting acting like it? Just like adding Greenery to my wardrobe, it might not be the simplest task. But as they say, it ain’t easy being green.
Brands we love: Balenciaga Asymmetric-neck Satin Top, Balenciaga “Bazar” Medium Grained-leather Tote, Prada Floral-print Stretch-cotton Skinny Pants, Mary Katrantzou “Clovis Flower” Embroidery Wool Skirt, Gianvito Rossi “Artemis” Suede Gladiator Sandals, Gucci Appliquéd Striped Wool and Cashmere-blend Sweater, Etro Printed Silk Maxi Dress, Miu Miu Cropped Intarsia Cashmere Sweater, Marni Floral-print Cotton and Linen-blend Mini Dress, Gucci Metallic Floral-jacquard Mini Skirt
By Ariel Serano