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It may not have been one of the top trends on Editors’ radars, but among all the bright neon, and bold patterns on the runways was a spring trend I love, army green.  There are a couple of variations of it, from more of an olive-green to more on the sage side.  I’m not a huge fan of cargo looks and camo, so what made this color work for me was the fact it was used on feminine silhouettes, like the pleated pieces at J. Mendel, and tailored separates at Stella McCartney.  To make this shade feel right headed from spring to summer is to brighten it up with colorful accessories, and then it just naturally works going into autumn with more layers, camel coats, and animal print accessories.  Army green is restrained chic, and I would highly recommend you try it on, and bring it into your home!

J. Mendel spring 2013

J. Mendel spring 2013

J. Mendel spring 2013

J. Mendel spring 2013

J. Mendel is known for their furs, so there is plenty of that each season, with fur hot pants replacing heavier fur coats for spring.  Pleated dresses were mixed in to keep it light and spring-like.  Brighter accessories were also combined, like the lime green bag above.

Martha Stewart's East Hampton home

Martha Stewart’s East Hampton home

Lily Pond Lane

Lily Pond Lane

Martha painted rooms in her Hamptons home more somber shades after years of white and brighter tones.  The home sits on Lily Pond Lane, and she took inspiration from the palette lily pads have to offer.  The walls in her library are a taupey almost military khaki.  A brighter pickle green was used for the ceiling to match a Venetian glass chandelier and picked up again on the leather of a chair.

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J. Mendel spring 2013

J. Mendel spring 2013

More pleats and color-blocked fur at J. Mendel.

Sills Huniford

Sills Huniford

Stephen Sills

Stephen Sills

Natural tones including sage green were used to upholster tufted banquettes and sofas in a couple different projects by Stephen Sills and James Huniford.

Proenza Schouler PS1

Proenza Schouler PS1

A natural leather trims this army green PS1 bag by Proenza Schouler.

Stephen Sills

Stephen Sills

Art can be used as a way to bring this earthy green home.

glossy walls

glossy walls

Sills Huniford

Sills Huniford

Since this color is not the most in your face color, and borderline murky, it appears a little more cheerful when used in a glossy form, and with enough white or brighter shades to balance it out.  It’s such a beautifully interesting shade though.

Reed Krakoff fall 2013

Reed Krakoff fall 2013

This hue is an easy color to transition into fall with, and it can be as simple as picking up a great new bag, like this croc-embossed one by Reed Krakoff.

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney created amazing tailored jackets, pants, and even a dress out of an army green fabric.  I loved her layering of these military-inspired pieces over sheer skirts and dresses, and the combination of it with a brighter emerald-green.  She also had some great army green accessories.

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

All greens really do work together, just like in nature!

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Miles Redd painted walls in this sophisticated living room a sagey green to almost match the velvet sofas.  Tiger print and ikat, along with floral chairs and a bold patterned rug keep the room interesting, and a blue used at the windows adds a freshness.

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Just like Miles Redd added amber hurricanes to the room he designed above, Stella McCartney added transparent clutches to her spring collection among all the white, black, and green looks for a pop of color!

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