Like most Manhattanites, I live in black. When I don’t know what to wear, I wear black. When I know exactly what I want to wear, it’s usually black. I go for black mostly because it’s slimming and versatile, but it’s also because I find color intimidating. Yet recently, I’m getting a little bored with black.
The other day, as I walked into an event at Bergdorf Goodman’s John Barrett Salon for the launch of British hair care company Show Beauty (the Dry Shampoo is excellent, btw) my friend and French publicist Céline Kaplan was like a rainbow of color shining in a sea of black. She always does. Neon pink, kelly green, tangerine orange, royal purple—you name it, she wears it—and sometimes all at once. “I love color simply because it makes me happy. It’s not a style choice,” says Céline with her frenchie accent.
Céline is the founder of Céline Kaplan Public Relations and has an ultra chic roster of clients (Eres, Ladurée, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Monc XIII), so there is nothing clownish about how she pulls herself together. “I love vintage dresses in prints, like my neon yellow Proenza Schouler leather skirt, my green Balenciaga wedges, my Mexican summer dresses and my Eres swimsuit collection,” says Céline. So how does she pull her eclectic pieces together? “Usually not to match is the rule,” she says. Mais oui! If only I could do that. (Actually, it sounds like a great strategy for a crazy busy mom with little time to get ready in the morning. Céline is mom to Mishka-Cesar, who is 17 years old, shown above right.)
So, if you’re inspired by Céline’s savoir-faire and want to dare to wear color like her, here are her favorite Fall 2013 trends:
Cobalt and Mustard: Of course Céline would reference Vincent van Gogh to explain her new love for royal blue and yellow. She’s paired a Carven blue and gold blazer with a black and white Fendi cltuch. Also on the want list: Gareth and Pugh’s blue-n-gold half moon nails. See more on Pinterest.
Animal Prints: I can easily get on board the leopard express. Here, she’s paired her favorite Yves Saint Laurent leopard dress with her Fendi clutch and red boots. Center top: Ladurée’s limited edition Leopard Box filled with gingerbread and coconut macarons. Yum! Center bottom: Christian Louboutin Leopard-Print Ankle Boots. See more on Pinterest.
What about you? Do you love color or do you live in black? Would you try these trends this fall?