Sunday, July 23, 2017

Ocean Blues

Dynamic yet calm. Powerful yet gentle. Her qualities are as diverse as the full spectrum of blues we can find her wearing. Not one to stay aloof, she rolls in each day with the high tide, beckoning us to dip our toes into her frothy edges.
Roberto Cavalli
For centuries, people around the world have had a love affair with the ocean. Walking the shores of the beach, she softly roars with each crashing wave, creating a soothing lullaby for any who pause to listen.  
Balmain
Fishermen and sailors have answered the call of the ocean, setting sail across the vast blue waters. Surfers hear her whispered invite each morning laced with the promise of adventure in each wave. Cities are built on her beaches with the goal of capturing a fraction of the beauty and awe she presents each day. 
Using a needle and thread, designers try to communicate the natural movement and grace of the ocean's waters. Ruffles move like rolling waves of the ocean on the Molly Goddard and Badgley Mischka runways. 
"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul." 
-The Awakening
Alice + Olivia
There is a mystery to the ocean that we will likely never solve. Worlds and wonders beneath the depths of the surface are beyond human comprehension. Whether near or far to these great bodies of water, we can find cool blue inspiration from the ocean’s array of colors with designs from the Resort 2018 collections.

The shades of light blue are like the ocean’s surface on a bright sunny day. Cool and calm, there is an ease to wearing this color. 
 Tome
Christian Siriano
With the appearance of storm clouds on the horizon, the ocean takes on a gray hue. The blue borders on gray, blending rain and ocean water.
 
Molly Goddard
“It was the color of ice and honey and sky and rain mixed together into a sheet of flawless glass with broken frothy edges that tickled my feet.”
-The Siren
Reem Acra 
As night falls, the ocean’s waters become dark and mysterious. The bright blues of daytime quickly become deeper and richer shades of navy. The blues nearly border on black with the absence of sunlight. 

Molly Goddard

The navy-blue sequins of Temperley London's dresses shimmer like the moonlight on the ocean’s surface. 

Like designers, authors also find inspiration in the blue waters of the ocean. Kate Chopin’s classic 19th century novel, The Awakening, is a story of discovery and rebirth on the shores of Louisiana. The clear blue Gulf waters featured in the story offer a shimmering reflection that is bright and hopeful like the designs from Tome, Christian Siriano and Balmain.

Tome

Balmain

Christian Siriano

The Siren by Kiera Cass tells the story of a siren and her search for love and life beyond the ocean’s embrace. There are diverse emotions, like the blues and greens often found in the seaside waters and in the fabric of Anna Sui’s dresses.



The ocean's color palette proves that having the blues isn't always a bad thing. No matter the mood, there's a shade of blue to match. This season you can heed the ocean's call and wear your perfect shade.

Runway Photos: Vogue.com

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