Insider | Color Expert Roseanna Roberts on F/W 13 Color

Roseanna Roberts

The fab Roseanna Roberts is Director of Color Trends at the Color Association of the US, and a Color Trend Consultant. We got a chance to catch up with her on her insights for key colors for the F/W 13 season.

Q: What is the mood for Fall 2013 color?

A: This season, beauty gets a little bit grittier than we’ve seen in season’s past. The nineties become an overarching inspiration as we search for a sense of reinvention. Our interpretation of conventional beauty is turned on its head, while expressive and unrestrained creativity is celebrated.  Grunge inspired color palettes are reincarnated, with a modern, twenty-tenner twist.

Q: What are some key beauty colors for Fall 2013?

A: Heavy metals in tarnished shades of silver and gold. These metallics are a sophisticated update for black and create just the right amount of moody shadow, without taking the look into overdose. There’s also a playful side to this trend, with elements of sparkle and shimmer, keeping things lighthearted and fun.

On the runway: pewter packed a punch on the eyes at Dior, Donna Karan and Thakoon, and glittered on lids at Chanel. Dirty gold made a statement on nails at Prabal Gurung.

Nineties-era brick and deep terracotta take center stage, especially for lips. The difference this time around is that these muddied tones are complemented by much softer, prettier hues. We’ve also ditched the heavy lip liners for a less defined lip.

On the runway: rusty reds graced the lips of models at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Zac Posen and Vera Wang. It was also presented as a fresh color for eyes at Altuzzara and Gucci. Picking up where oxblood left off last season, warmed up reds were coveted by designers such as Richard Chai who introduced a matte dark burgundy polish while models at Kate Spade donned an ultra glossy boysenberry hue. Accoutrements such as studs, confetti and intricate designs make clear that the nail category continues to be a canvas for color and creativity.

Q: How have they evolved from last season? 

A: This spring, it’s all about bright lips. For fall, coral, tangerine and orange-based reds evolve into the darkened warm brick and terracotta tones. The popularity of oxblood continues and diversifies into Bordeaux and berry stains, as well as brighter pops such as magenta. We’re seeing more color on the eye than we have in recent seasons; experimentation with colored liners, shadows and mascara…those pops of color we’ve seen on the lips is now happening on the eyes as well.

Q: Why do you think these colors are key this season? 

A: Color is often an important cue to understand the current state of popular culture. The colors we choose to wear signify the way we are feeling, and how we want society to view us. While the Fall/Winter 2013-14 season embraces an underlying grunge edge, there is also a light-hearted, playful side. The nouveau grunge attitude is a platform for self-expression, with less of the angst associated with the original movement. Female empowerment remains a strong component. Beauty interprets the trend with a slightly disheveled aesthetic, while retaining a sense of composure and polish. Style leaders of the look include Carine Roitfeld Kristen Stewart and Grimes.

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