published Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Fashion Report: Designers turn to a soft shade of green

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    Misty Heinsman wears spring's latest trends, including James Jeans green jeans, $167, with a Sanctuary denim jacket, $145, Autumn cashmere sweater, $156, Autumn cashmere scarf, $205, Ada suede belt, $56, and Foley + Corinna turquoise bag, $242. Fashions courtesy of K Boutique.
    Photo by Tim Barber.
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It's not so hard being green.

Though Margarita, a soft shade of green, fell short of being named Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year (top honors went to Tangerine Tango), it still nabbed a coveted spot on the color forecasting company's Top 10 list of best colors for spring.

Designers including Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Yves Saint Laurent and Rachel Roy have incorporated shades of greens into their latest spring and summer designs.

Katherine Burger, owner of K Boutique on North Market Street, said she's seeing a lot of green in the merchandise her clothing store carries.

Mint is "huge" for spring, she said, with the hue appearing in "fabrics, clothes, bags, accessories and shoes."

That's good news to Chattanoogan Bonnie Cope, 51, who said green is her best color.

"As a redhead, I have avoided lots of colors such as pinks and reds, but green has always been a favorite color for me," Cope said. "I like the strong greens like forest, olive or emerald. These shades help my red hair stand out."

Former Miss Black Tennessee USA and fashion model Lorean Mays, 28, said green looks good on everyone.

"There are flattering shades for every ethnicity," she said. "The different shades of olive, mint, seafoam and kelly are my favorite."

Mays also likes green eyeshadow and recently purchased Lancome's Mint Jolie palette of five shades (Dillard's, $49.50).

"It gives my brown eyes a pop and complements my chocolate skin," she said.

Green eyeshadows are one of the must-have cosmetics this season, said Darin Wright, owner of Elea Blake cosmetic store on Frazier Avenue.

"The enjoyment of color peaks when the trend sways to feature the color," she said. "Most people are not fashion trendsetters; they are fashion followers. When the trends hit the stores and are in front of us in many different mediums -- clothing, home fashions, paint, advertising -- we become comfortable with the trend and adopt it."

Fingernails and toenails are going green, too.

According to, look for green polishes that have creamy undertones and lots of opacity. You want the color to stand out on your nails, the website reports.

"I'm an OPI fan, and I recommend the 'Thanks A Windmillion' from the spring/summer Holland collection," Mays said. "It's a beautiful mint green with a little spunk -- great for spring and summer."

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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