|Photo Courtesy of Tim Thumb for 74 Gazette|
|Monika Chiang Summer 2013 Lookbook|
The time has come to bid goodbye, sayonara, au revoir and so on to emerald green. I know it is not really going anywhere but it is time for the reign of radiant orchid. I was really enthused when Pantone, the famous advocate of the color of the year, dubbed emerald as the color of 2013; however, I was also skeptical. I wondered if emerald would truly saturate garments and home décor items throughout the year. It is not really thought of as a color that transcends seasons; nor, is it given much attention until either a celebrity is photographed wearing an emerald grown or emerald jewels on the Red Carpet or fashion publications release their annual lists of favorite winter shades.
|Naomi Watts; Photo Courtesy of Vogue|
I am not going to completely regale you with how much I love emerald because that ground has already been covered many times over, by others. I decided to honor this bold shade by delving into its origins. What I found while conducting my research was intriguingly sinister. The firm that developed emerald green in the early 1800s killed it when they created this lovely shade and when I say they killed it my statement is literal. Emerald pigment was so popular upon its release that it was used in a wide range of products from paint to wallpaper to bakery confections. In addition, emerald clothing was extremely on-trend. It was quite common for designers to include emerald pieces in their collections; however, emerald pigment became associated with a number of deaths due to its arsenic content.
I am an emerald green enthusiast in spite of its lethal history. I don’t just talk the talk. I walk the walk. Emerald green is a decorative accent shade in my home. There is something about this shade that just livens up a space. I recall that when I announced to my family that I was going to use emerald as an accent shade the response I received was lukewarm. Looking back, I can understand the reason. Emerald green may have been prevalently used for home décor in the 1800s but in the 21st century it can be a challenge to find emerald green home decor. There are many variations of green décor items from throw pillows to window coverings but I was greatly disappointed when I began my search to discover that emerald items are relatively scarce in the home décor market place. Happily, due to my diligence I was able to find what I sought over the course of several months. My greatest payoff is the reactions from visitors when they see my great room/living room proves how enchanting emerald is.
|Photo by Nick Johnson; Courtesy of Thom Filicia for Good Housekeeping|
What do you like (or dislike) about emerald green? Do you have any emerald pieces in your wardrobe or have you used the shade to decorate your living space?
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