We All Scream for Ice Cream…Or Just Debbie Harry

By: Alicia Drever

When people think of punk singers and their sense of style, most probably envision only 2 colors: black white. On the contrary, Blondie’s lead singer Debbie Harry’s clothing color wheel is so much more than that. She wears dark, rich cranberry reds, charcoal greys, dark blues, gold and even cream! Even though Debbie Harry has worn her fair share of prints and textures, she has created quite a variety of colors amongst her wardrobe.Picture3

“If your love was as sweet as mine” sets the vibe with a bold and edgy cranberry red hue representing the depth of her love. Charcoal grey gives off a cooler tone, which corresponds, to Harry singing about going out without her guy. Of course the dark blue gives off a more sad yet dominant shade. She is “blue” about her guy being seen with another girl…even Debbie is only human, right?! The gold and cream colors are great neutrals, which perfectly complement the three main colors. They represent softness and how she is the ultimate “Sunday girl”. These colors embody Debbie’s daring and confident side, as well as her soft, gentle side.Picture2

Cranberry red can be used in a variety of ways throughout your life whether it’s in shoes, apparel or even housewares. Picture1Harry loves to sport red lips, too. It’s such a bold color that brings attention to itself. In terms of color, it is the Queen Bey of hues. I don’t know about you, but when I think of charcoal grey, I think of a cool, ‘IDGAF’ attitude. From a grey top to a smoky eye, this color is all about being urban, like Harry’s punk roots. In fact, the smoky eye is one of the things that make her face pop. It draws the attention away from her hair and draws the eye to her face. One of the main colors in Debbie Harry’s wardrobe is blue. Not only does she wear all different shades of blue, she sings about the color as well. She has even been spotted wearing bright blue eye Picture4shadow! The darker blues make her look more intense and really makes her platinum blonde hair stick out. I think it’s safe to say that blue is one of her favorite colors. As punk as Debbie Harry was and is, she paired cream with many of her outfits. She would casually throw on a cream blazer, spaghetti strap dress or even cream-colored shoes to soften up a look. Another great neutral she sporPicture5ted was gold. From gold jewelry and belts to her straight locks, she wore it well. I mean, those gold locks and bangs are her signature look. She would not be Debbie Harry without them.

Now I think we can all rest assured and agree that this color story makes it so simple for us to channel our inner Debbie Harry at any given time. Whether we want to bold and spontaneous or have a simpler look paired with neutrals, it can be done! So next time you are thinking about putting together an edgy yet soft look, think to yourself WWDHD…What would Debbie Harry Do?

References:

Cranberry shoes: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91620173642690415/

Charcoal grey look: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/119767671313280199/

Debbie Harry pic: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/90494273732949465/

Gold necklace: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/180214422565075837/

Cream blazer: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/476889048015933273/

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It’s Easy as 1,2,3

By: Jessica Miller

What do you think if you see a floral couch, a floral dress, and a floral phone case all during the same season? Did you know that it’s not a coincidence? It’s a trend! You know you have a trend when you observe the same thing across three or more different product categories. Once you know to look for this, spotting a trend is as easy as 1,2,3.

Consumers have been introduced to a brand new way of sporting the perennial neutral black. Picture4 Picture2The hue has been updated by mixing a matte texture with glossy details. Not surprisingly, this trend is popping up across many different product categories, not the least of which are cosmetics, stationary, and even cars. The Picture3mixture creates dimension and interest. For your next manicure, try a base coat of matte black, then add shapes and prints overtop in glossy black for a dramatic effect. Two-toned business cards are sophisticated and eye-catching. Who could forget one of these? And cars are super-sleek and unforgettable. This is a trend of luxury and elegance; a way to make a statement.

In high contrast to the black trend is the resurgence of gold as the statement metallic. After a long flirt Picture5with silver and nickel, classic gold is back. Kitchen and bath fixtures in gold have cycled back around. Fashion fabrics are gleaming again. And high-tech fitness “jewelry” from fashion designers is making an impact without looking like it only belongs in a gym. Picture7 Picture6Gold is a foundational color and never completely disappears, though it took quite a hit as silvery tones were strong for such a long time. Classics are classics after all.

In a not-so-similar spirit, the recycling of trends from our parents’ developmental years continues. The issue of whether they will ever become classics is not yet known; however, the 70s are in full swing again.Picture9 Wallpaper is returning, and period designs are hot. Clothing designs are right there with the wallpaper; silhouettes mimic the original shapes of the clothes, such as bell-bottom pants from the Navy and fringe decorations. Updated versions of 70s fabric prints are everywhere. Fashion is even picking up the 90s grunge style alongsidePicture8 of the 70s. Messy layers and flannel shirts tied around the waist have returned. Moving from eyes to ears, the old record player spinning LPs is back. Does it really sound better on vinyl? Nostalgia is big, as older trends are just far enough away from now to feel newly fresh and cozy. We now have the luxury of looking to the past to lead us into the future.

Good things really do come in threes. Three multiplies and reinforces an idea. Thus, when a truly important and influential trend arises, it definitely spreads across multiple product categories. Thankfully for us, this makes spotting the trends that much easier. We definitely need to take careful note of any trend seen across several product categories, as it represents a larger change in ideas. Keep your eyes open y’all because it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

References:

Wavy Nails: http://www.nailpolishhq.com/matte-nail-polish/

Cheetah Print Nails: http://hative.com/cheetah-or-leopard-nail-designs/

Black Business Cards: http://www.designer-daily.com/10-creative-and-unique-business-card-designs-28608

Black Car: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/330381322636522076/

Retro Wallpaper: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/expert-advice/decorating-trends/#page=31

Record Player: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=34115766&category=A_MUSIC_TURNTABLE

70s Street Outfit: WGSN Trendlink

90s Grunge Runway Outfit: WGSN Trendlink

Gold Fixtures/Home Decor: http://www.austinwomanmagazine.com/articles/interior-design-for-2015

Gold Dress: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2962633/Scarlett-Johansson-shimmers-gold-Tom-Ford-fashion-husband-launches-girl-group.html

Tory Burch Fitbit: http://www.toryburch.com/tory-burch-fitbit/

Out with the Old and In with the New!

geriatricfootwear1By Whitney Hall

You do not need a retirement fund, senior citizen discount, or AARP membership to access the next hottest trend. Geriatric footwear is an oldie but goodie that Austinites are clamoring for. Skimpy stilettos and dainty ballet flats are a thing of the past, comfortable and clunky are where it’s at. 

geriatricfootwear2Unsure of where to find your pair of clunkers? Check out Easy Spirit for a pair of little tennis shoes or Naturalizer or Clark’s for a sturdy pair of Mary Jane’s. For a more economically friendly approach, simply raid a grandparents’ closet!

Careful not to get too carried away with the trend. Balance youth and age by pairing Mary Jane’s with sheer tight and a skirt or shortsgeriatricfootwear3 above the knee. Light, leather Easy Spirit tennis shoes pair well with jeans and a simple t-shirt and let you move through the supermarket with ease.

For you next shopping trip, just remember: out with the new and in with the old!