Grey, be it cool or soft or rich, is the nuanced shade that has never left the fashion forefront. But it will soon become the new “IT” buzzword come Valentines Day 2015, thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey. Let’s be honest here. One cannot dispute the ties between film and fashion, nor the link between fashion and pop culture. So, when Grey becomes all the rage upon release of the film, we expect that fashion will feel some influence. Okay, we must admit that this influence on fashion might be a little over-stated at present, but in retrospect, grey has steadily reemerged as a chic fashion ally. TV has helped boost grey’s prominence with shows like Mad Men and Suits, giving grey a sharp, tailored stand. We expect to see the classic grey suit fashion trend continue…
Grey is currently being celebrated for its refinement and adaptability as was stated this past weekend in The New York Times by Bill Cunningham. The fashion pendulum is moving into that direction, you may as well enjoy the ride. Feeling grey is turning-out to be a great fashion moment, one that raises the bar of elegance.
Not only is grey reappearing in some form with each fashion cycle, this coloration adapts equally as well to sharp dressing, as in menswear suitings, as it does to more rock/punk street style looks. Grey is even starting to become “cool” as a natural hair coloring with more than a few models seeing their careers revived due to their grey locks. Bloggers like Ari Seth Cohen with Advanced Style, have popularized the silver-haired set’s grounded personal style; others, like That’s not my Age, have also shed light on why going/being grey can be chic and freeing.
In fashion things change and things don’t really change at all. When it comes to elegance and style, grey has always been a favored hue. In mid-18th century France, premature grey hair (and heavily powdered “grisaille” hair) was thought to look youthful. Christian Dior, himself, always had a few grey looks in every collection, including his favorite pairing: light pink with pale grey (recalling his childhood home’s coloring).
When it comes to grey furs, any fashionable woman in the 1930s sported silver fox, a fur that is enjoying a huge resurgence today. Grey mink, with its cool, rich tones, is favored for both summer and winter occasions, in color mutations that include Sapphire mink and Blue Iris mink.
Whatever the shade of grey and whether it be with fur, wool, silk, or cotton, grey is “IN” for fall 2014. Get ready to embrace its cool, chic and easy elegance.