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Entries in color (5)

Monday
Jul132015

yohji monday.

the legend, yohji yamamoto.

you may know his name as the brains behind the Adidas y-3 campaign or the designer of the 2014 Real Madrid third kits, but yohji has been 'the man' since his debut in 1977, offering an unmistakingly unique perspective on fashion, design, and life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- james

Wednesday
Jun172015

Hardy Amies Snowdon 2015.

 

This small adventure,
In that wild place and at the dead of night,
On we wound,
With forehead bent Earthward,
As in opposition set against an enemy,
With eager pace, and no less eager thoughts.

‘Snowdon’ by W.Wordsworth

 

“Wordsworth’s poem is a story about a battle between ‘man’ and ‘the mountain’. This combined with a more literal colour study of Turner’s palette, formed the beginning of my own story about Mount Snowdon: a modern man’s ascent of the mountain.”

- Mehmet Ali, Creative Director

 

- James

Wednesday
Mar042015

the colorwheel.

This guide to working with color from attireclub is kind of awesome. Even if you have the basics down, this is a nice guide for explaining why certain things work together and why others don't.

 

"The color theory

Color coordination is one of the most important things when it comes to style. A well-thought outfit always has an advantage as opposed to an outfit that has not been so carefully put together. We wrote a while ago a complete guide on how to choose the colors of your clothes. In this guide, we will be looking at the practical aspect of the color theory. If you know how to mix colors well, you will be one step ahead of the game, as a well-coordinated outfit colorwise always looks more harmonious and elegant than something worn at random, unless you are so lucky and pick your colors right at random. There are several schemes you can use to put colors together. This is truly something great, as there is something for everyone and for every setting. Some color schemes tend to look more formal, while others will always be more appropriate for casual outfits.

We chose to exemplify these schemes, by using mostly shirts, ties, bow ties and pocket squares and mixing them according to the schemes. Note that you can use these schemes for any pieces and that they are not limited to bow ties, pocket squares and shirts or jackets. Also, if you don’t like these theories, you are free to make up your own, but we know that following these rules will ensure you an aesthetic look.

When you are putting together an outfit, it is recommended that you wear not more than three colors. These should not be in the same amount: you should have a primary color, a secondary and a tertiary. Of course, the primary color is the one that occupies most of the colored space, while the tertiary is the one that occupies the least. If you have any other pieces you need to put on and don’t know what color to pick, the safe bet is to wear neutral colors.Neutrals are colors that go with anything. These are: black, white, gray, khaki, etc.

 

The color wheel

The color wheel is used in any creative field to mix and match colors. It represents a balanced roundup of colors, divided into cold and warm. Some color wheels have more shades on them, while others have less. On some color wheels you will be able to notice different shades and tints, which indicate the intensity of a color. When you are working with the color wheel, you can always take into consideration the fact that you can use colors in different levels of saturation. This way, you can create endless variations, some looking better than others. We’ll explain a little the differences between hue, color and other words with which you might not be very familiar.

The color wheel

The color wheel

 

Hue and color basically mean the same thing and refer to the color family or the basic color of a certain shade. For example, blue is the color root for navy.

A tint is also called a pastel. It is any color to which white has been added, resulting in a paler version of the root color.

A shade is the opposite of a color: it refers to any color with black added.

Tones are created by adding both black and white to a color. A color mixed with gray is often called a “grayed down” color. Tones can be more soothing to the eye as they are not very strong. Some people consider them more subtle, complex and sophisticated.

 

Color schemes

Analog colors

 

The analog color scheme

The analog color scheme

 

Creating a combination of analog colors basically means that you will be choosing one color from the spectrum, skip one and then choose the next one. These combinations are very simple yet highly elegant. Such combinations are found in nature and look great.

 

A tie and a pocket square matched according to the analog colors scheme

A tie and a pocket square matched according to the analog colors scheme

 

A tie and a bow tie in another scheme with analog colors.

A tie and a bow tie in another scheme with analog colors.

 

Complementary colors

 

Complementary colors

Complementary colors

 

A combination of complementary colors involves choosing two colors that are found on exact opposite sides of the color wheel. These colors are highly contrasting and look very bold if put together. Such combinations usually draw the eye and stand out very well. To give you a few examples of such combinations, we can mention: red-blue, yellow-purple, etc.

 

Blue orange combination

Blue always goes great with orange, as they are complementary colors. You can tone the blue down in order to get a better effect.

 

 

Split complementary colors

 

The split complementary color scheme.

The split complementary color scheme.

 

A split complementary color scheme will result in a more calm, toned down look than a combination of complementary colors would, but still with a very big impact. Basically, to create such a combination, you need to choose two analog colors and the complementary color of the one that is found between them.

 

A red checkered shirt goes great with a turquoise tie and an aqua-green pocket square. The more shades you use, the more subtle your outfits will be.

A red checkered shirt goes great with a turquoise tie and an aqua-green pocket square. The more shades you use, the more subtle your outfits will be.

 

 

A green shirt makes a good combination with an orange tie, and a violet pocket square.

A green shirt makes a good combination with an orange tie, and a violet pocket square. Notice how the color scheme follows the rule.

 

Triad colors

 

Triad colors

Triad colors

 

Triad colors are colors that are found equidistant on the color wheel. If you are using a 24-color color wheel, you can count from 8 to 8 starting from any color to find the right matches (in our case, we have a 12-color color wheel so we are counting from 4 to 4). Such combinations will result in more unconventional, strange combinations, but nevertheless harmonious. They go best with formal clothes, but can also be used if you are putting together a club or party attire.

 

Triad colors can look more serious if you use tints.

Triad colors can look more serious if you use shades.

 

 

But they can also look funky and electric.

But they can also look funky and electric.

 

Monotone chromatic

A monotone chromatic color scheme, as technical as it might sound is a scheme where you use only one color. You can use it in the same shade or you can use variations of that color. Such combinations are very hard to pull off, but if you manage to do it, you will look extremely subtle and elegant. Such combinations go great at semi-formal or formal events, but you can wear them in other settings as well, as they are very sophisticated.

 

 

These orange pieces would work great with a neutral jacket.

These orange pieces would work great with a neutral jacket.

 

Monotone achromatic

Monotone achromatic color combinations are the same as monotone chromatic, just that the color you are using is a neutral. Different shades of gray put together make a very elegant look. So do browns combined, different shades of khaki or wearing an ivory outfit.

 

To avoid any 50 shades of gray references, we chose to showcase all-beige pieces

To avoid any 50 shades of gray references, we chose to showcase all-beige pieces."

 

Now, I don't recommend going crazy loud or bright. And to be honest, I would never wear a majority of the example outfits in this article, but I do think it's helpful in seeing how colors go together and why. I would recommend a much more subtle aproach than a pink shirt and green tie. But start with a neutral base and add splashes of coordinated colors until you're comfortable adding more color. Be creative, but don't be a clown. 

 

- james

Monday
Jan052015

mavericks.

we've talked about freshening up your shoes with some nice colored laces before. And generally when we talk about it, we're referring to your dress shoes. BUt why stop there? Why not add some color to your boots? Why not add some style to your sneakers too? 

Mavericks Laces has covered all the bases when it comes to lace game. 

Visit their official site to pick up a pair or a pack and refresh your feets.

 

- james

Friday
Oct102014

abc's of men's fashion - 54

colour.

The trick to incorporating colour is in pairing a strong and interesting colour (such as red or electric blue or green) with a more classic, safe colour (such as navy or charcoal grey). contrast is key--too many colors will make you look like tacky rainbow. The art is in nonchalance. 

 

- james