Color Your Style
What if I told you that the ideal artist to inspire, nurture, and soothe Queen Latifah was Renoir, whereas Madonna was more of a Rembrandt girl? Or if I told you that the perfect floral arrangement for Hilary Swank would include lots of deep green leaves, while Penelope Cruz’s unique style is best set off by flaming red poinsettias?
Now what if I told you that your own personal style also has its own artist, flower, shape, and texture, and that you, too, can express your own unique energy and flair through the objects, art works, colors, and fabrics with which you surround yourself? Discovering how to make the style choices that best express you: that is the essence of David Zyla’s Color Your Style.
Many of us think of fashion as the trends followed by “the beautiful people,” while style is the rules that govern what clothes, accessories, and hairstyles we are “allowed” to wear. We read fashion magazines to find out what’s “in,” and check out what looks good on models and movie stars to determine what might look good on us. In that view, style comes from the outside, and we have to work our hardest to figure it out, master it, and try—without much hope of success—to live up to it.
Well, after twenty years of costuming actors, styling celebrities, and helping everyday men and women discover their personal styles, Emmy Award-winning stylist David Zyla is here to tell you that style doesn’t come from outside—it comes from within. Somewhere inside you is your own unique style: the colors, textures, fabrics, accessories, and overall look that best expresses who you are. This style is not determined by the media or magazines or Fashion Week, but by your own personality and spirit: what David likes to call your Authentic Style .
Authentic Style isn’t just about your clothes. It includes artists, aspects of nature, scents, cosmetics, furnishings, stationery: everything that shows the world who you are and helps you access your own unique energy. And surrounding yourself with the right colors, shapes, textures, accessories, and environment can actually transform your sense of yourself and your world.
Color Your Style (Plume) offers you a concrete, step-by-step approach for making your own personal style choices, from updating your wardrobe, to decorating your home, from choosing the perfect lipstick to personalizing your new office, from hosting a party to buying a car. Color Your Style shows you how to uncover your unique palette based on your flesh tones, facial features, eye color, and natural hair color. Based on two decades of experience as a fashion designer and celebrity stylist including designing the daytime dramas of ABC-TV and working with the First Ladies of Daytime, Comedy and the Nation: Susan Lucci, Carol Burnett and Hillary Clinton, Color Your Style will empower you to use your palette to make the style choices that express your most authentic, attractive self.
HOW DO YOU PUBLISH A BOOK ON COLOR WITH NO COLOR INSIDE?
The days of the almost-right red, the just-off-the-mark blue, the close-but-no-cigar brown are over.
In Color Your Style, we’re bringing you perfection—the exact tone, shade, intensity that will bring out the best in you. The colors you need don’t match anything anybody can print. They match what you wear every day—your skin, your eyes, your hair…
You have 8 basic colors. Here’s what they are.
And here’s how to find them.
THE 5 THAT EXPRESS WHO YOU ARE
Essence: Your vulnerable color, your version of white, a skin tone that harmonizes the colors in the palm of your hand
Romantic: Your passion color, your version of red found by gently pinching a fingertip—or the color of when you blush
Dramatic: Your “look at me” color, your version of blue, found in the color of the veins in your wrist
Energy: The color that supports you when you need a pick me up, taken from the darkest part of your iris (but not the ring around the iris)
Tranquil: Your peaceful color, taken from the lightest part of your iris
3 NEUTRAL BASE COLORS
First base, formal, your version of black, taken from the ring around your iris
Second base, less formal but still serious, your version of brown, taken from the darkest part of your hair [tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair]
Third base, casual, your version of khaki, taken from the lightest part of your hair (tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair)
David Zyla will teach readers when to wear each color and how to use the system to attract love, enhance power, make an impression and more.