A Little Degas, a Lot of Color

In college I took a Color Theory class. First, let's take a minute to muse about the idea of a college course being called 'Color Theory.' Another, perhaps more collegiate, class in fashion school was Art History. Now I don't recall which instructor it was, but one of them was in love with Edgar Degas. For the art-dense, Degas is best known for his paintings of ballerinas in impressionist style (though he doesn't get enough credit for his other subject matter). See below, Degas' The Rehearsal from 1873:

Now stay with me. Color Theory 101. Degas' use of color have often been described as muted, urban, coldly classical - how much do you love that description! But for me, I always noticed the subtle moments of deep color. Notice: the blue of the skirt, the hit of pink on the legs, the burgundy of hair and violin. It was like his way of using color to express to the viewer that there is more than just a cold dance studio at hand.

It's that similar hit of color I noticed while browsing through some Pre-Fall 2015 collections. It's Fall, so I was a bit surprised to see blushes and powder blue (or periwinkle?). It wasn't everywhere by any means. Just subtle hints. Like the designers playing their version of Degas and reminding us that typically-spring powdery colors can look so chic in fall silhouettes.

From top left, clockwise: Halston Heritage, Tibi, Temperley London, Gucci, Valentino, Valentino, Elie Saab, Valentino, Temperley London, Tibi. Photos from Style.com.