MAD ABOUT HUE: NAVY
Think of navy blue and what comes to mind? Tattoos of anchors? Handsome sailors? Something else seafaring? For us, navy blue and the nautical are so inexorably linked that’s it hard to imagine them any other way. In fact, “navy” and “blue” didn’t always go hand in hand. It wasn’t until 1745, when the British were looking for a new uniform for their sailors. But the king couldn’t decide what look he liked best, so he let his first lord’s wife preference be his guide.
Et voila! The rich, dark blue we know and love became associated with the navy.
Fast forward to FW14 and it seems designers round the world are paying homage to the color: navy blue was all over the runways for fall. In Acne Studios’ structural leather top, Stella McCartney’s tailored two-piece or tie-dye dress, Roksanda Ilincic’s calf-length coat. We loved seeing it paired with other hues in the same vein, like cobalt or bright blue, for a sporty chic take. For an ultra-sophisticated pairing, try navy with camel or grey. And for the minimalists among us, navy’s a perfect addition to the reigned-in wardrobe, plus it looks modern with black. Is all of this coming straight out of the blue? Hardly. We’ve known it for quite some time: Blue is definitely the warmest color.