Alex Spadacenta '17
The color of 2017, as chosen by the company Pantone, is Greenery.
As stated on Pantone’s website, the color is “Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate,” according to Pantone’s website. It is a very earthy tone, and has been evident in the recent designer lines.
“I’ve seen this color used a lot in runway shows like Gucci, Stella Mccartney, Dior,” Joe Blakie ’17 said. “But I’ve also seen it used everywhere, especially grocery stores and restaurants.”
Greenery captures the concept of the environment, and Blakie feels that this color will appear at outdoor music festivals around the country, since it is such a natural tone.
A crisp color, this yellow-green can be tough to find clothes that “go” with it and Anna Costello ’19 does not feel that greenery will show up in a lot of outfits. “Maybe like when people get their bodies painted, the color would show up a little. But I don’t think people would wear it as part of an outfit,” she said. “If I were to wear it, it would probably be like a scarf or something in the spring time.”
Corri Neckritz, owner of the local store Groove, does not feel that the color will be very prominent in this year’s outfits. There is no piece of clothing that is solely Greenery, however the shade shows up in different patterns.
“I think it’s a hard color to wear,” she said. Neckritz continued to explain how she would probably wear the color as an accessory like a scarf or a hat.
The color of the year is not chosen at random. Pantone is a company “known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer,” as it states on its website.
In an interview on Glamour, Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of Pantone Color Institute, explained how the color is first introduced in the fashion world including various collections, and even on the streets of London, Paris or Milan, the world’s fashion capitals. The team will also look at what effects are being used in movies and the colors of cars.
Although some feel that the color is difficult to wear, Julie Kaplan ’17 feels that the color would be great for the spring or summer. “It is a lighter, more vibrant shade that also has depth to it,” she said. “I think that if it were paired with white or denim, maybe in a jean jacket, with tan shoes, that that would look nice.”
Nicole Dienst '18
If you asked me who won the Golden Globe for best actress, I couldn’t tell you. At the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, it was the red-carpet fashion in the spotlight all night. Sequins, pops of pink and yellow, scandalous slits and intricate jewelery were all boasted by Hollywood stars. With the Red and Whites Dance and Counties just around the corner, one would presumably expect Staples Students to draw inspiration from these flashy, unique events. But typically, the girls of Staples High School fend for themselves in the hunt to find the perfect - maybe the even unattainably perfect- dress.
Stars such as Emma Stone, Sienna Miller and Nicole Kidman were among the most talked about flashing floor-length dresses with exquisite sequins. Emily Lamanto ’18 is one of the lone junior girls sporting a unique sparkly dress for Counties. “I found my dress on my own at Lord & Taylor in Stamford,” Lamanto said. Despite following the trends of stars, Lamanto did not draw on them for inspiration. “I think these inspirations could be helpful, but they may set unrealistic expectations for what you can get out of a price range,” Hannah Roseme ’18 said.
Despite the formal environment, cut-outs and slits in dresses are on an upward trend. Sienna Miller sported a pearly white floor length dress with a large back and front cutout. And many Staples girls are also conforming with this trend. “Most of, if not all of my dresses for dances had some sort of cut out,” Staples alum Georgia Nicklin ’16 said. However, she, too, never drew inspiration from the Golden Globes or celebrity styles. “I looked on older people’s pictures to get an idea,” Nicklin said. The Golden Globe Awards may be impressive, inspiration for high school dances are drawn more from Department Store supplies and local trends.