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Colour Analysis Report

Colour consultants work with clients in improving a vast array of areas where colour is of vital importance. They normally work with clients to improve their appearance, their home lives, and even their place of business. Colour consultants work to enhance moods, set tones, and accent natural beauty in a number of ways.

As a wardrobe consultant myself, colour consultancy is of particular relevance when I am working individually with clients (usually women) who want to enhance their natural looks with appropriate colours. I help clients to pick out clothing, makeup and accessories that best accent their natural hair, eye and skin colour.
My main focus is that on determining the perfect tonal/colour palette for my clients and passing this information onto them as shown in the attached Colour Analysis Reports provided to a striking warm autumn colour palette client, Mary-Lois Wilson and a soft summer colour palette, Jessica MacDonald.



Special thanks to the lovely Ms Wilson and Mrs MacDonald for sharing these reports with everyone.



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Off Figure Styling


December 19, 2012 · 1:37 am

Dramatic Lace

Originally used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, the craft of lace began in the first half of the 14th century, but did not come into widespread use until the 16th century.

Traditionally, lace was used to make tablecloths and doilies and then later in both men’s and women’s clothing, however today lace such as chantilly, kenmare, bobbin, knotted or crocheted has been reinvented and crafted into many garments including accessories such as shoes and dramatic lace skullies.

This versatile fabrication, originally made from silk or cotton, has evolved with laser-cut lace appearing throughout a number of the Resort 2012 collections. This technology savvy technique, which uses the accurate targeting of a laser cutter to precision, provides an inspired 60s retro floral anatomy cut out in modest shapes of light-hued lace and other fabrics bringing out the inner lady in all of us.

Elle Fanning in Louis Vuitton from the Spring 2012 collection

Delicate lace has also consumed the collections of many designers.  Sheer fabrics and lace adorned the runways in the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta,Vera Wang, Christopher Kane and Christian Dior.  Even Donna Karen’s pre-fall 2012 DKNY collection (which has previously been known for its girly grunge look) was full of obvious feminine silhouettes with laser-cut lace and eyelet used in day dresses and short and long sleeve t-shirts.

A favorite of mine channeling the Victorian lace look is the recent McQueen 2012 collection by Sarah Burton, presenting the most magnificent and intriguing display of mysteriously lace masked faces and corseted bodices. Women’s Wear Daily described  it as “fetish of the prettiness sort”.

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Truth or Dare

After the success of Madonna’s Material Girl teen line for Macy’s, the iconic queen of pop is in the process of yet again launching another fabulous collection since her 2007 M by Madonna Collection at H&M.

The global lifestyle brand, which will be named after her controversial 1991 Madonna: Truth or Dare (In Bed with Madonna) documentary, is aimed towards Madonna’s core fan base between the ages of 27 and 50 who posses a “timeless style and an innate sex appeal”.

The joint venture, among Iconix Branch Group, Madonna and Guy Oseary, is the second brand to be launched under the MG Icon.  MG Icon will be partnering with Macy’s for the first initial launch worldwide in 2012.  In 2013, the collection will be distributed more widely at all leading department stores in the US.

“Truth or Dare” by Madonna was created to showcase the dichotomy that is Madonna, both powerful icon and feminine beauty.  The brand will initially begin by launching perfume and then later expand to include footwear, bags, accessories, and intimates with Madonna herself being the face of all advertisement.

Neil Cole, Chief Executive Officer of Iconix Brand Group, stated…

The interest and excitement globally for brands developed by Madonna are significant. After the highly successful launch of the junior brand Material Girl, we knew there would be a tremendous demand for a brand that Madonna herself is the face of and that truly captures her essence.

Madonna seems genuinely excited about the joint venture saying to WWD:

Over the past several years, I have been approached countless times to create my own brand. The timing is right and I have found great partners in Iconix, who can help translate my vision to reality.

The former Material Girl, dominatrix, hippie, turned Material Mum, yoga guru, producer and children’s book author can now add successful fashion designer to her long list of talents.

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Hot in the City

Following the footsteps of the Australian landscape is the desert-inspired colour palette that several designers took on board for their spring/summer 2011-12 collections.

Safari hues such as gold, sand, beige, rust and maroon appeared in the designs of Alex Perry, Carl Kapp, Kirrily Johnston, Therese Rawsthorn, Manning Cartell, Ellery, Fernando Frisoni and Nicola Finetti.

In continuing its popularity, bright, bold colour blocking continues to dominate the catwalks standing out in collections such as Sass and Bide opening their shows in multi-coloured tribal prints of fuchsia mixed with

To really warm up your look for summer, work hot-to-touch desert shades with softer neutrals or classic blacks, with simple accessories and killer heels.

Think vivid rich jewel colours of amethyst, sapphire, emerald, ruby pink and ruby red, citrine, amber and orange garnet.

Another vibrant colour hitting the runways, which hasn’t had much exposure since the 1970’s, is burnt orange which is flattering on most skin tones.  Expect to see this colour lusted after by many designers in rich, spicy tones and luxe embellishments.

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