Colgate Couture – The Color Purple

Kate Zarrella

Purple rain? Try a monsoon. Regal, rich and opulent, the color purple floods the Fall 2007 color pallet. Whether it’s an aubergine accent or an all out orchid ensemble, this cool hue is the shade of the season.

Add a pinch of purple to your everyday look with American Apparel’s eggplant leggings. High-wasted and fit to a tee, these leggings are chic and fashion-foreword. Pair them with a long black turtleneck or vest for an updated alternative to everyone’s favorite up-The-Hill outfit. Purple shoes and bags are a subtle and sophisticated way to incorporate the color into your wardrobe. Marc Jacobs’ Mina bag in plum is one juicy accessory. Quilted and adorned with gold hardware, this medium-sized bag is a must have. With the bag Jacobs revamps a classic shape and style and the Mina bag’s deep plum color is both subdued and elegant. Wear it with warm browns and hunter greens, or make it pop by pairing it with fiery red accessories.

Christian Louboutin’s suede Rolando platform pumps are delectable. With a smooth, rounded toe, Louboutin’s sky-high stilettos are simply shaped but their lavender shade is sure to stimulate any bland outfit. For a stronger punch of purple, dig your heels into Maloles’ Bottine moccasin booties. A dark eggplant patent, these round-toed booties are topped with a sharp suede cuff and laced up with orchid velvet ties. Let them stand out against black tights or leggings.

Purple dresses are bold and daring, but certainly not off-color for Fall 07. Miu Miu’s square neck dress in grape is casual and avant-garde. Loose and relaxed, this silk day dress is shaped by a soft bubble skirt; panel detailing adds texture and structure.

Last but not least, Zac Posen’s violet Slink dress is anything but ordinary. In Posen’s signature ruched silk, the Slink dress hugs the body’s every curve for a smooth, sensual fit. Ruffled cap sleeves and a deep U-neckline enhance the sculptural dress’s shape and the vibrant color makes Posen’s creation like no other.

Sensuous, luxurious, and easy to wear, purple is in. From aubergine to violet and dresses to patent boots, purple is painting this season’s styles, so put those other colors back in the closet and step into Fall ’07’s purple haze.