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The Technicolor Season

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Why is it worth organizing our Spring Fashion issue around the seemingly very basic idea of color? Because the spring collections were so bright, so intense, so dense with shocking hues and wild patterns that it was unavoidable. Particularly here; New Yorkers are invariably associated with head-to-toe black, but what’s in the following pages could soften even the most determined dark-dressers. The very experimental might go for a streak of vivid blue eyeshadow from the neon-makeup story, or layer floral on floral as we did in the kaleidoscopic “Tripping Through the Garden.” The less adventurous can dip a toe into the spectrum via giant necklaces or graceful, ethereally light dresses saturated with color or stroked with arty patterns. And for those looking to seduce, the short, vivid outfits in “Hot Little Numbers” are pretty irresistible—though they pale before Bert Stern’s photographs of a very unclothed (but colorful!) Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe.

But back to clothes. Does this influx of easy-to-wear tones mean our streets will suddenly be as vivid as the runways? As the long, gray days of winter drag on, we can only hope.

Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe
In 1962, photographer Bert Stern shot a series of photos of Marilyn Monroe that have collectively come to be known as “The Last Sitting.”
One Is the Loveliest Color
Commitment? Art project? OCD? Five New Yorkers who wear only one color all day, every day (and it’s not black).
The Anti-Anna
French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld is full of respect for the editors on the other side of the Atlantic. But all that money and success are so . . . American.
All I Want Is Foundation That Matches
Too light. Too red. Nothing at all. Playing at the beauty counter is depressing when your skin color is out of the range.
A Shiny New Gucci
Is luxury really impervious to a nervous market? Gucci’s mammoth new midtown store assumes the appetite for designer goods is undiminished.
Tripping Through the Garden
This spring, as long as it’s got petals it’s in season.
Chunkers
Nothing shy about these baubles.
Hot Little Numbers
These dresses don’t need a party. They are the party.
Float Like a Butterfly
...waft like a bee. Nature only wishes it could come up with breezes this beautiful.
Not Colors From Nature
Makeup artist Linda Mason has been a neon champion since the eighties.
Dress Descending a Staircase
For spring, artwork came off the walls and onto the human form.


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