|A model presents a creation during the Nanette Lepore Spring/Summer 2013 collection show at New York Fashion Week September 12, 2012. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
Pantone, the world-renowned global authority on colour, has crowned emerald as this year's top shade for style and and home design. Style lovers can rejoice: The deep, bold green is a shade anyone can work into their wardrobe. It's luxurious without being stuffy, soothing without being bland, a shade reminiscent of nature's beauty that's anything but granola.
Style expert and makeup artist Nadia Albano (nadiaalbano.com) is thrilled by Pantone's pick. Albano, who earned a spot as a top two contender on the hit show, The Ultimate W Expert Challenge, says green just happens to be one of her favourite colours.
"It’s fresh and crisp, yet earthy and warm, and it works well with most skin tones. It represents prosperity, abundance, growth and, of course, money — and lord knows, the world could use a little more of these things!"
The hue is enjoying a major boost after a strong showing at New York Fashion Week, as Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore, Tracy Reese and Tory Burch wove shades of emerald into their spring collections. The bold green made as much of a statement head-to-toe as it did paired with graphic black-and-white and rich browns and corals.
Is this green growing on you? Not only is it versatile, but the colour's newfound popularity means there will be plenty of emerald gems to be found in stores this spring.
Albano offers these tips on going green for fashion fans of all ages:
20s – Express yourself!
- This is the time to go for that outrageous emerald eye makeup, whether frosty, sparkly or matte.
- Keep toes toasty with coloured UGG boots. "Wear them with a skinny jean and a cute hoodie for school or apres ski, whilst sipping on a hot chocolate. They’re sure to get attention."
- "Red is the opposite color of green, which is very complementary. Wear green skinny jeans (like these, from J Brand) on a date with a cream-coloured silk blouse, a red pump, black blazer and a funky gold cuff."
30s – Define who you are
- "Invest in your wardrobe and select garments that are versatile, like the Bennett Dress from Aritzia. Try wearing this silk dress with a blazer, stockings and a classic pump for work. For evening, rock this dress with a cropped leather jacket, a killer stiletto ankle bootie and an edgy clutch."
- "If you work in a creative environment, try the latest 'Elumen' bright hair colour trend. Ask your hair stylist to infuse ribbons of emeralds in your hair — it looks great as an ombre placement!"
40s and 50s – Refine your look and celebrate your style
- "Stay on-trend by incorporating a beautiful piece of jewellery, either classic or super avant-garde," Albano says. Canadian designer Elsa Corsi (elsacorsi.com) makes an emerald drop earring to gush over, says Albano.
- Accessories like a colourful Diane von Furstenberg scarf will brighten up any outfit.
- "Every woman needs a good bag. Opt for a classic design like this Marc Jacobs number. It’s functional, durable and on trend."
Tweet Nadia @nadiaalbano to get her take on your style.
Sparkle and shine in emerald makeup
Emerald is poised to make a major splash in the beauty world. It's a perfect pick for eyes in particular, as it's complementary to green, blue, hazel and brown eyes.
According to Pantone's colour experts, emerald can also be paired with ruby red, peaches, pinks and wine hues, meaning no matter what hue you choose for your cheeks and lips, it can be a great match.
Albano advises those who want to try an emerald eye to "have fun, and remember to play to your audience."
If you want to go bold, pick up a vibrant-green shadow and use it in a soft smoky eye (she suggests MAC's Swimming).
You can also use green to update a liquid-liner cat eye (try Make Up For Ever's Aqua Liner #3), or choose green mascara for an "outside-the-box" look that will pump up brown or hazel eyes, Albano says.
If green eyes aren't your thing, emerald is perfect for those who love attention-grabbing nails — it's a dramatic-yet-wearable pick, and the colour's complementary nature means you'll always have the upper hand, no matter what outfit you're wearing. Albano's can't miss pick is Zulu by Nars:
"It's on-trend, yet understated."
If you're having trouble choosing just the right shade of green to capture the trend, keep an eye on Sephora stores. The makeup giant has partnered with Pantone for the last two years, creating makeup formulated to match the colour authority's exact specifications. The Colour of the Year for 2012,
Tangerine Tango, inspired its own range; this March, Sephora will roll out an Emerald line featuring shadows, liners, nail polishes and even brushes in the signature shade.
The line will also feature lip colours and blushes — in peach, nude, pink and lilac hues created to complement an emerald eye. (Fortunately, the Wicked Witch of the West look hasn't caught on yet.)