ORANGE. IT IS HALF WAY between red and yellow and it is a dynamite color right now! Many say it is not as intense as red. But you can use red in large quantities in many places, and it will work just fine. Try doing the same with orange and you could be totally overwhelmed! So, you might say orange is deceptively strong. It is also bold, and often riveting.
Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren are just two designers who have used orange for years now, frequently letting it identify them in fashion lines, simply by its presence. Orange is preppy. It is also a holy color. Orange has been the color of Himalayan Tibetan monks’ robes for centuries.
ORANGE IS SHOWING up more and more throughout our culture. It is an ideal color for accessories, but it also is being used in unexpected ways, too. For example, the exterior of a recently renovated Taco Bell restaurant near me is orange and quirky and suddenly drawing in a large number of customers. Yesterday, an orange SUV was sitting in front of the place, for a double whammy!
Of course, not everything is what it seems to be. Oranges, you might be surprised to learn aren’t really orange. They’re green, and dyed oranges. If they were allowed to ripen naturally to orange, they’d go bad by the time they reached the supermarket shelves.
YOU CAN FIND ORANGE USED IN MORE AND MORE EXCITING AND FASHIONABLE WAYS THIS YEAR. LOOK HERE FOR SOME EXAMPLES:
- Oblong scarf assortment. Choose orange!
- Thanksgiving harvest pendant. Pumpkin perfect.
ORANGE IS A WARM COLOR. It is a stimulant, especially for the emotions and appetite. If you want to lose weight, keep it out of the kitchen! Metaphysicians say if any area of your life needs healing, burn an orange candle for 7 days. (We’ll have to get back to you on the validity of that one.)
In Irish culture, the color orange represents Protestant supporters of the British and the division of the island nation in two parts. It dates back to the time when King William of Orange reclaimed the North of Ireland from the insurgent Irish.
Orange is the color of the second chakra (one of the seven spiritual energy centers of the body), known as Svadhisthana, which can be found in the lower abdomen just below the navel. Its element is water and it is aligned with the planet Mars and the Sun.
The Color of Creativity
ORANGE IS THE COLOR of creativity and sexuality. It is also the color of joy, enthusiasm and creativity. When out of balance, orange blocks the chakra and causes the individual to feel guilt, stiff lower back, restlessness, and lack of sexual desire.
Back in Elizabethan times, not everybody was allowed to wear the color of their choice. Garment colors were more often than not dictated by the English legal system, in what was called the Sumptuary Laws. The color of clothing provided information about one’s wealth, religion, and social standing.
Because the color orange was frequently produced by using cheap dyes from the madder root – dyes that were not colorfast – the color orange was often worn by the lower classes. However, in a strange twist on the cast system, upper classes were also allowed to wear it!
Today, everybody wears orange, but none so much as the wealthy. Why? Because the most expensive haute couturiers have fallen in love with the color, and are using it incessantly. Just look at the fashion in the fashion capitals of the world!
On the Runways
CHRISTIAN DIOR SENT OUT a fabulous looking bright blue evening dress on the runway for Spring, accessorized with a very large statement necklace of beads and feathers, almost African-looking, and all very orange. Eddie Borgo designed a collection of new looking rings, one that looks like a bullet belt wrapped for the finger, in orange-gold. It is tough, but classy.
Pierre Hardy has a super high heeled platform shoe on the market, all in orange, while Kenneth Cole offers an orange print dress that just skims the body and ends in what might be called a long mini. Everywhere you look, you’ll see orange. In Ts, in sweaters, in blouses, in scarves.
Orange handbags in leather and fabric are hot. Orange framed sunglasses are very IN. Orange belts give dresses and pant an updated, different look. Orange beaded earrings are kinky.
TO BE SAFE, DON’T OVERDO ORANGE. YOU’LL SET OFF TOO MANY VIBRATIONS! BUT DO ADD IT TO YOUR WARDROBE AND PRODUCT MIX. THIS IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL 2011 COLOR! CHECK IT OUT HERE: