In the last post, I showed examples of Summer and Spring Line-of-Design with the use of Focus Words. In this post, I will show examples of Autumn and Winter Focus Words and Line-of-Design.
Within a Seasonal Color Analysis, we identify Color, Season and Line-of-Design. Each of these is a reflection of the other, and each is an essential part of the Seasonal Color Harmony.
Line-of-Design is the expression of your Color and Color Quality translated into clothing shapes and textures. Knowing your Line-of-Design is just as important as knowing your Colors.
During a consultation, we determine important adjectives called Focus Words. We study you carefully to discover these words. The Focus Words are very specific. They describe your coloration and energy – and go further to translate into your style or Line-of-Design.
For example, a woman walked into the Color Lab. She was of medium height and had graying brown hair. Her eyes were green. As she spoke, her speech was punctuated with strongly expressed sounds. When she walked, she moved at a quick pace and placed her feet firmly on the ground.
When I held swatches up to her, I watched for what the color did when it was next to her. I found that the colors that supported her the most had a toasted quality. As she relaxed, I perceived that her energy and presence were rather intense, even spiced. She was showing me that she was an Autumn.
Sometimes the words toasted, spiced or mellow come up while doing an Autumn’s palette. These words (and others) can come into the analysis in varying degrees, and can be great words for Autumns who have struggled to feel attractive with our culture’s “pretty”-centered definition of feminine beauty.
In Nature, we see toasted, spiced and mellow in the colors here.
How would this translate into Line-of-Design for our Autumn client? Here’s a few possibilities:
In these items of clothing, we see toasted, spiced and mellow. Of course, we always take Body Signature, facial features and lifestyle into consideration as we hone in on the perfect Line-of-Design for a client, but this provides the general idea.
On another day, a man came for a Color Consultation. He was rather self-possessed and handsome. His walk was very quiet. Even though he was moving through the room, there was an element of silence and stillness in his body.
When I held swatches up to him, I saw that he made many of the colors look superfluous. I also noticed that the smoother the fabric was, the better. The colors that related most to him were intense. When the colors had this intensity, he became more present. I focused on the words intense, dramatic and refined.
Next, let’s take a look at how the words intense, dramatic and refined might translate into his Line-of-Design.
Turns out, my client loves formal clothes and feels most comfortable when he’s dressed up. He often over-dresses when he meets up with his friends. He told me that he had outgrown three tuxedos by the time he was 7 years old. When I took him shopping, the first thing he picked out to try on was a deep purple cashmere sweater. I bet you’ve guessed that he’s a Winter.
He loves having his Focus Words. He uses them to choose his clothing (he loves to shop), his belts, his skis and ski clothing. Even his backpack and surfboard are chosen carefully to convey who he is.
Through his Focus Words, he finds an authentic congruence that emanates through everything he surrounds himself with. This is especially valuable for him, as he is quiet by nature. With his colors and Focus Words, he is able to powerfully communicate who he is without saying a word.