The first Monday in September signifies the end of summer and the appearance of autumn. Although this doesn’t happen as dramatically in “season-less” Southern California, in most places, leaves are beginning to change color, starting their flittering decent to the ground. Here you never know what it’s going to be, hot one day, cool the next.
With Labor Day behind us, that good ole Ban Wearing White rule kicks in, and thoughts start leaning toward the rapid approach of winter.
Believe it or not, changing the colors we wear as the seasons change was not invented by the fashion industry to subtly coerce more clothing to sell! Earthy browns and tan neutrals combine with golden yellows and bold blues not only make us feel psychologically cozy, they actually keep us warmer and more mobile in colder weather. During the not so distant past, minus the convenience of heaters, this was important for, not only feeling secure, but for survival. Literally.
As I’ve mentioned in other blogs, color subconsciously influences behavior, perceptions, emotions and even attitude. Colors that show up in the landscape of nature each season evoke memories that weave into our consciousness, affecting us in a myriad of ways.
Factors such as gender, age, and culture can influence how an individual relates and responds to color. However, our primitive nature outsmarts those elements: Like a moth to a flame, we find ourselves instinctively craving the more subdued autumn tones that arrive like clockwork each September.
Autumn feels like limbo. It’s that short period between bikinis and flip flops and hunkering down in wool coats, knitted scarves and fur-lined boots. The colors of fall let us gently ease into winter, still holding onto bright sunny memories of summer… just a tad longer.
I’m inspired as a designer is to emulate the seasonal beauty gifted to us by Mother Nature. As the temperature outside drops, the dyes I choose transform to an autumn palette, bringing warmth from the elements directly to your heart.