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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share some things in my favorite palette of pale pinks.  I’m not a huge fan of red, but it’s interesting how by adding white creates one of the prettiest shades around.  I hope you enjoyed the day with someone you love!

Putnam & Putnam for Dior magazine

Putnam & Putnam for Dior magazine

Sofia Leiby

Sofia Leiby

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen

vintage glassware

pink glassware

bedding from Linen Works

bedding from Linen Works

Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie

Maxwell MacDonald and Andrew Corrie, House Beautiful

Inez and Vinoodh

Inez and Vinoodh

Inez and Vinoodh

Inez and Vinoodh

Chanel haute couture spring 2015

Chanel haute couture spring 2015 via style.com

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It’s becoming more and more of a favorite hue of mine, and quite possibly my signature palette.  Shades of blushy pink and rosey mauve were all over the spring 2015 runways, and especially during Paris Fashion Week.  I’m drawn to this range of colors simply because I love anything pretty, and the fashion itself was beyond pretty as well!  All of my favorite designers were inspired by soft to medium pink for spring, from Raf Simons at Christian Dior, to Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Hermès, Kenzo, Haider Ackermann, and even Alexander Wang at Balenciaga.  I’m sure they love it for the same reasons I do.  Pink looks great on everyone, and there’s a shade to flatter every skin tone.  I’ve even considered starting a clothing collection that is composed of nothing but shades ranging from peachy tones, to dusty mauves, inspired by the human complexion.  It also comes as a lovely coincidence that I’m posting this during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Don’t wait until next spring to bust out the pink clothes, and wear it extra proud this month, and for a cause!

Christian Dior spring 2015

Christian Dior spring 2015

Haider Ackermann spring 2015

Haider Ackermann spring 2015

Haider Ackermann spring 2015

Haider Ackermann spring 2015

Lanvin spring 2015

Lanvin spring 2015

Lanvin spring 2015

Lanvin spring 2015

Nina Ricci spring 2015

Nina Ricci spring 2015

Nina Ricci spring 2015

Nina Ricci spring 2015

Ellery spring 2015

Ellery spring 2015

Cédric Charlier spring 2015

Cédric Charlier spring 2015

Cédric Charlier spring 2015

Cédric Charlier spring 2015

Stella McCartney spring 2015

Stella McCartney spring 2015

Balenciaga spring 2015

Balenciaga spring 2015

Hermès spring 2015

Hermès spring 2015

Hermès spring 2015

Hermès spring 2015

Miu Miu spring 2015

Miu Miu spring 2015

Chloé spring 2015

Chloé spring 2015

Chanel spring 2015

Chanel spring 2015

Kenzo spring 2015

Kenzo spring 2015

Kenzo spring 2015

Kenzo spring 2015

Alexander McQueen spring 2015

Alexander McQueen spring 2015

Stella McCartney spring 2015

Stella McCartney spring 2015

Givenchy spring 2015

Givenchy spring 2015

Acne Studios spring 2015

Acne Studios spring 2015

Nina Ricci spring 2015

Nina Ricci spring 2015

Loewe spring 2015

Loewe spring 2015

 Fashion images from style.com

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It’s one of the coldest days today as I write this, so what better way to warm up then to think spring, and think pink?!  It’s not a surprising color to see for spring, but this season we will see it a bit more than other springs.  From New York to Paris fashion weeks, shades of pink from the palest blush, to deeper mauves, warmed up the runway!  Pink is such a flattering color on anyone, because of the various hues to choose from, and I love them all, particularly the barely-there shades at Prabal Gurung, Balenciaga, and others.  If you are stumped with what color to wear, just think pink!  Here are some of my favorite rosey looks for spring.  Happy February!

the "Think Pink" scene from Funny Face

the “Think Pink” scene from Funny Face

Jil Sander spring 2014

Jil Sander spring 2014

Maison Rabih Kayrouz spring 2014

Maison Rabih Kayrouz spring 2014

Sportmax spring 2014

Sportmax spring 2014

Francesco Scognamiglio spring 2014

Francesco Scognamiglio spring 2014

Thomas Tait spring 2014

Thomas Tait spring 2014

John Galliano spring 2014

John Galliano spring 2014

Prabal Gurung spring 2014

Prabal Gurung spring 2014

Narciso Rodriguez spring 2014

Narciso Rodriguez spring 2014

Balenciaga spring 2014

Balenciaga spring 2014

Maison Martin Margiela spring 2014

Maison Martin Margiela spring 2014

Tod's spring 2014

Tod’s spring 2014

Calvin Klein Collection spring 2014

Calvin Klein Collection spring 2014

Wes Gordon spring 2014

Wes Gordon spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Chloé spring 2014

Chloé spring 2014

Bibhu Mohapatra spring 2014

Bibhu Mohapatra spring 2014

Theyskens' Theory spring 2014

Theyskens’ Theory spring 2014

Chanel spring 2014

Chanel spring 2014

Oscar de la Renta spring 2014

Oscar de la Renta spring 2014

Vika Gazinskaya spring 2014

Vika Gazinskaya spring 2014

Images from Style.com

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I had this idea for a holiday series featuring some of my favorite looks from the spring 2014 collections (still totally on my mind) that represent gold, silver, and copper, all of which I love!  Metallic is huge for spring!  I’ll go ahead and start with copper, and work up to the fanciest, gold.  Copper presented itself in true form for spring, and in a more subtle variation, pink.  The more rosey mauve tones that I’ve been obsessed with forever now are what I consider to be the non-metallic version of copper, while the real metallic copper was seen in lamé form from Givenchy to Lanvin.  I posted about it already, but I still can’t get my mind off the copper breastplate and jewelry at Proenza Schouler (see, What’s Inspiring Me Now).  I would love to see any of these looks worn during the holiday season, and I hope they inspire you for when it’s time to dress up and deck the halls!  Stay tuned for silver next…

Lanvin resort 2014

Lanvin resort 2014

Lanvin resort 2014

Lanvin resort 2014

Lanvin resort 2014

Lanvin resort 2014

Lanvin spring 2014

Lanvin spring 2014

Lanvin spring 2014

Lanvin spring 2014

Lanvin spring 2014

Lanvin spring 2014

Givenchy spring 2014

Givenchy spring 2014

Givenchy spring 2014

Givenchy spring 2014

Gucci resort 2014

Gucci resort 2014

Antipodum spring 2014

Antipodum spring 2014

Victoria, Victoria Beckham spring 2014

Victoria, Victoria Beckham spring 2014

Narciso Rodriguez spring 2014

Narciso Rodriguez spring 2014

Marni spring 2014

Marni spring 2014

Calvin Klein Collection spring 2014

Calvin Klein Collection spring 2014

No. 21 spring 2014

No. 21 spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Stella McCartney spring 2014

Chloé spring 2014

Chloé spring 2014

Vika Gazinskaya spring 2014

Vika Gazinskaya spring 2014

Vika Gazinskaya spring 2014

Vika Gazinskaya spring 2014

Lanvin spring 2014

Lanvin spring 2014

Jason Wu spring 2014

Jason Wu spring 2014

Adam Lippes spring 2014

Adam Lippes spring 2014

Wes Gordon spring 2014

Wes Gordon spring 2014

Wes Gordon spring 2014

Wes Gordon spring 2014

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Pink may not be the first color you think of when your mind turns to thoughts of autumn, but I say on the contrary!  Shades of pink, ranging from almost a nude or peachy tone at Céline and Proenza Schouler, to cotton candy pink at Carven, a truer rose at 3.1 Phillip Lim, and an actual rose print at Givenchy, were all over the fall runways.  Men and women on and off the catwalk look truly aglow in the surprisingly warm hue.  Mix these shades with more classic and darker fall colors with ease.  Picture that Céline coat over a deep green dress, or a navy jacket over that Lanvin dress.  It would be gorgeous!  I actually consider pink a neutral if it’s more on the subtle side of the spectrum.  How do you bring pink home without making your house feel like a lingerie boutique?  Well, keep subtlety in mind like designer Veere Grenney and David Hicks, and paint walls the palest of pink.  Pink is such a flattering color to wear and be surrounded by.  A dining room painted a rosey hue is only made more beautiful when lit by candles.  Your dinner guests will thank you for the way they look!  If a whole room pretty in pink isn’t for you, consider interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber’s trick of painting a ceiling in a super soft pink.  I believe he prefers Benjamin Moore ‘Bridal Pink’.  This would be ideal in a bedroom with white walls or any favorite shade.  Fall and winter can be dark and dreary sometimes, so keep it light with pink!

Céline fall 2013

Céline fall 2013

Céline fall 2013

Céline fall 2013

Veere Grenney

Veere Grenney

Veere Grenney

Veere Grenney

Lanvin fall 2013

Lanvin fall 2013

Veere Grenney

Veere Grenney

Proenza Schouler fall 2013

Proenza Schouler fall 2013

Proenza Schouler fall 2013

Proenza Schouler fall 2013

Proenza Schouler fall 2013

Proenza Schouler fall 2013

Veere Grenney

Veere Grenney

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Carven fall 2013

Veere Grenney

Veere Grenney at Claridge’s

Lele Sadoughi

Lele Sadoughi

Givenchy fall 2013

Givenchy fall 2013

David Hicks

David Hicks

3.1Phillip Lim fall 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2013

3.1Phillip Lim fall 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2013

 

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With the launch of the French fashion house’s latest fragrance Roses de Chloé, you can expect that everything associated with it, from the bottle to the ad campaign, is the prettiest it can possibly be.  Chloé is after all considered one of the most feminine of labels around, and from its history of designers, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Hannah MacGibbon, and current designer Claire Wright Keller, it has certainly maintained that über femininity with a good dose of 7o’s ease.  With roses being the main character in this new scent, it got me thinking of all things rosey, especially looks from Chloé’s 2013 season and into resort of next year that were a variation on the rose palette, from soft pink to pretty peach.  From there, as I often do, I thought about spaces with a rosey disposition, most of which have actual roses in them.  A perfect coincidence!  Summer is also the season that the bloom really flourishes, so what better time for this fragrance launch, and for me to talk about it.  Enjoy!!

the bottle

the bottle

the campaign

the campaign

the Paris event

the Paris event

Chloé spring 2013

Chloé spring 2013

roses everywhere

roses everywhere

Chloé spring 2013

Chloé spring 2013

suspended roses

suspended roses at the event

Chloé spring 2013

Chloé spring 2013

Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams

Chloé pre-fall 2013

Chloé pre-fall 2013

Nick Olsen

Nick Olsen

Nick Olsen

Nick Olsen

Chloé pre-fall 2013

Chloé pre-fall 2013

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Chloé pre-fall 2013

Chloé pre-fall 2013

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Chloé resort 2014

Chloé resort 2014

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Chloé resort 2014

Chloé resort 2014

Sills Huniford

Sills Huniford

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It’s been awhile since my first post La Vie en Rose, but I thought it only appropriate heading into the “month of love” and spring, that I share some current (and some I’ve loved for quite a while) color love for pink!  From Martha Stewart’s pink guest cottage in Maine, to the spring 2013 runways, there is plenty to enjoy about the pale hue.  I adore this color year-round, and I will never think of it as a “feminine” shade.  From barely there to vivid, there is a version of the color for everyone!  Wear it, live with it, love it!!

Martha in her pink guest cottage in Maine

Martha in her pink guest cottage in Maine

Martha stands in the dining area of her guest cottage at Skylands,  her home on Mt. Desert Island, in Maine.  Almost everything is pink in the space, but far from feeling like an overdose.  A natural fiber rug, greyish-green Fortuny on the chair cushions, and terrazzo table keep it all in check.  If anything, you can add a vase of pink flowers to your table, or wear a pale pink shirt to bring it into your life!

Preen spring 2013

Preen spring 2013

Preen has fast become one of my favorite labels to watch each season, now back at London Fashion Week as of the spring 2013 shows.  This collection was SO pretty, with a lot of navy and crisp white, to snake prints, botanical prints (and a mix of the two), and pretty pink.  This white sheer top and embellished pink skirt was a standout!

Martha's pink cottage

Martha’s pink cottage

Martha set the table for tea with pink cafe au lait cups and saucers, Venetian glass, and plenty of tasty treats, like pink macaroons.  A painting of Venice, in shades of pink of course, hangs behind.

Flowers in Martha Stewart's pink cottage

Flowers in Martha Stewart’s pink cottage

In the living room of Martha’s pink cottage, a beautiful arrangement of roses sits next to a collection of amber Venetian glass.

Preen spring 2013

Preen spring 2013

Preen spring 2013

Preen spring 2013

An over-sized digital print on a couple looks at Preen explode off of the white.

an ombre arrangement

an ombre arrangement

A perfect example of the range of pinks on a pretty table.

rose gold flatware from West Elm

rose gold flatware from West Elm

It’s subtle, but rose gold is so gorgeous!

Carolina Herrera, Jr. at home in Madrid

Carolina Herrera, Jr. at home in Madrid

Herrera's home

Herrera’s home

You would only expect the home of fashion and style icon Carolina Herrera’s daughter to be the epitome of chic!  Carolina Herrera, Jr. spends most of her time as a mother, and as the family’s designer of their multiple properties around the world.  Above she wears a navy dress, and a blue skirted table sits in the dining room/office, which is a favorite color companion of mine to pink.

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Christopher Kane spring 2013

Christopher Kane spring 2013

Leave it to Christopher Kane to give you femininity and edge.  This look appears almost as if it is still in progress (in a good way), with black tape holding pieces of lace onto the pink and white fabrics.  I think the shoes are made of phone cord too, by the way.  Love it!

Celine spring 2013

Celine spring 2013

At my favorite Celine, Phoebe Philo used pink in a super subtle way, with a white skirt and black accessories.  I’m not going to lie, 5 months after the runway show and I’m still on the fence about the fur-lined “Birkenstocks.”

www.celine.com

Martha's pink bathroom

Martha’s pink bathroom

In the bathroom of Martha’s pink cottage, a grey wicker table holds towels and apothecary items in pink and white.  A dainty pink Venetian mirror, a consignment store find, hangs above.  The pink tile on the floor is original to the 1920’s property, built for Henry Ford’s son Edsel.

in the bedroom

in the bedroom

pink & grey

pink & grey

More grey wicker compliments the all over pink of the bedroom at Martha’s.  After advice from her daughter Alexis, Martha now paints all her home’s trim the same color as the walls, as seen here, to better highlight nature outside.

Jacquard Leaf bedding from West Elm

Jacquard Leaf bedding from West Elm

rug from West Elm

rug from West Elm

West Elm’s spring collection is full of great pieces, including patterned and solid items in Lotus Pink.

Mother of Pearl spring 2013

Mother of Pearl spring 2013

Leather isn’t what it used to be!  It’s almost as soft and moveable as chiffon, can be dyed any color, and can even be printed in great patterns.  Here at Mother of Pearl, two shades of pink make for a very sweet look, with ruching on the top, and a ruffle at the hem.

www.motherofpearl.co.uk

carnations

carnations from Martha Stewart Living

Carnations are among the most beautiful and most hated flowers around.  I love flowers maybe more than anything, and I must defend them!  The key to carnations is, A) Don’t buy dyed blooms like “St. Patrick’s Day green”; keep it to the natural pinks, peaches, and white, and B) Keep arrangements tight and low; the blooms are the best part, and the stems aren’t that lovely.  Carnations can look so expensive, but can be bought in bulk for not a lot of money!

Martha Stewart's East Hampton bedroom

Martha Stewart’s East Hampton bedroom

More Martha, this time at her Hampton’s home.  A warm beige covers the walls with a slight pink undertone.  To bring that out more, she covered her painted Victorian bed with pink linen, and added more pink with bedding and fresh flowers.

www.marthastewart.com

Preen spring 2013

Preen spring 2013

The suit is huge for spring!  Back at Preen, a pale pink duo is joined by a white bandeau top for an unexpected combination.  Maybe not ideal for work, but definitely for a great day look on a day off!

www.preen.eu

paper roses from West Elm

paper roses from West Elm

More from West Elm,  instead of offering not so chic silk flowers, although there are rare exceptions, WE has created some of the prettiest blooms made of paper.  From white, to pale pink, coral, and red, these flowers have stems made of natural brown paper, which look so much better than trying to keep it “real” with green paper.

www.westelm.com

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