Tuesday, 24 August 2010

This is: Turquoise

Reused and reinvented to striking effect for centuries, turquoise is currently having another moment in the sun. As winter draws to a close down under, we are tantalised by the swathe of cool designers making a splash with the colour of the Caribbean.

There is no denying the emotive aspect of colour and turquoise is no exception. For many it conjures images of idyllic waters, exotic jewels and mood of positive calm. Turquoise is also recognised as Pantone Colour of the year 2010, but where are those who are less than inspired, including the famous trend researcher Li Edelkoort. When chatting to Good Weekend's Amanda Hooton she was crystal clear in her forecast for 2011. "Water is the metaphor – fluid – the fluidity of the fabric, the drape, even in heavy velvets or corduroy. Blues will be important: dark blues and navies ... and turquoise. Not my favourite colour." Nevertheless we've found others who prove it can be worth taking he plunge...

1. Zimmerman has just the thing for a trip to the Caribbean. From floaty and feminine (pictured) to skin tight and slinky, turquoise is set to please this season.

2. Taka Hayashi's sneakers for Vans Vault have an element of surprise with a turquoise outsole and street cred to boot.

3. The Family Jewels is synonymous with turquoise. As the signature colour of this enduring brand it is important to keep the recognition factor fresh. We recently created this gift certificate to be as beautiful as receiving the jewellery itself (almost). With a white exterior the envelope is simple and it is the inside which is designed to surprise (pictured).

4. Tumbleweed artists Francesco Simeti and Andrea Salas were behind Moroso's stand at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2010. Turquoise ripples above in a beautiful light play which contrasts with the furniture to graphic effect.

5. Kettners in London features hues of turquoise throughout their Studioilse designed establishment. Marvel at a modern twist in The Apartment where a jolt of colour awakens the senses in this eclectic interior.

6.This is one bag we would be happy to be clutching. Mui Mui made turquoise precious in ruched leather for Spring Summer 2010.

7. Paola Lenti takes a tactile approach on the Ami chair. Here the chunky weave cleverly adds another dimension to the colour.

8. And who can forget Meryl Streep's dressing down of Anne Hathaway for her ignorance of the subtleties of colour in The Devil Wears Prada? More than just blue, Prada takes a confident step forward with their Resort 2011 collection.

Like it or not, the colour turquoise looks set to stay. Dive in.

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