Et tu Pantone? In a sign of our current state of political correctness/gender fluidity, the color institute has become afraid/indecisive naming twin colors for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity (is this a color or a bladder control product)? The Institute claims that these colors taken together are meant to invoke relaxation, harmony and balance in our chaotic world; not to bring to mind a baby shower; while saying that they are “welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security.” It seems to me that Prada, in particular, has already nailed these colors (although their blue was a little greener) in their Fall/Winter 2015 collections. In addition to this being one of the first times that Pantone has selected anything in the pastel range, this two-fer may lead us down a slippery slope.
|Amy Schumer's Pirelli Calendar photo|
What's next? Should we get ready for two Miss Americas (one always has a scandal), two Presidents (we won't trust either one of them), or two horses winning the Triple Crown? Soon everything that we hold dear will be surrendered and it will truly signal the apocalypse. Amy Schumer will appear semi-naked sans photo shop with VBR (visible belly rolls) in the Pirelli Pin-Up Calendar while most of the other "months" will be clothed. Aaargh!
|Paul Smith cuff links from Mrporter.com|
Recently I received a credit to spend on a men's online shopping site. I rapidly clicked to the accessories section -- my husband has a cuff links compulsion; the male version of a shoe addiction. Although he's a lawyer rather than a teacher I was willing to bet that these Paul Smith pencil sleeve fasteners would hit the sweet spot between whimsical and reassuring. Bingo!
|Shatzi kids scarf|
Shortly after that I was flipping through another email featuring hats and scarves when I came upon a pencil scarf. Although available in "Ticonderoga yellow" for adults, this kids version was close to the baby pink and blue of the Pantone picks. http://shatzilife.com/collections/kids/products/the-pencil-scarf?mc_cid=4b2f3587c8&mc_eid=e45959d197
Also Pantone proper is this No. 2 pencil 5 panel hat on sale for $22. http://valfre.com/products/no-2-pencil-5-panel-hat
If you want to listen to music, here are pencil earbuds. http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/magic-pencil-earphones
|Gold filled pencil necklace $145|
Rather wear your pencil around your neck? While more of a mechanical pencil, this is reminiscent of Joan Holloway's Mad Men pen necklace. http://www.frenchgardenhouse.com/item_5042/Georgia-Hecht-Antique-Love-Letter-Gold-Filled-Pencil-Necklace.htm
|Costis pencil bracelets|
Check out Costis for the real deal: 18k white or yellow gold with tsavorite and black diamonds, diamonds and rubies, or red spinel and black diamond jeweled pencil bracelets, necklaces and pencil shaving earrings. http://www.costis.com/prodotto.php?idc=29&idp=37#37
Other fine jewelry with a pencil theme can be found at Vladimirmarkin.com including a ring ($420), golden pencil pendant ($1,700) or earrings ($1,800). There's also a pair of paperclip earrings in silver $450) that look interesting. http://www.vladimirmarkin.com/products/ring-pencil
|Me & Zena Write On ring (also available in blue)|
If you are interested in realism on a budget check out the Me & Zena write on pencil ring. http://www.meandzena.com/products/write-on-pencil-ring
|Artist Norma Copley pencil bracelet|
Feeling flush? You might like Artist Norma Copley's chic 22k gold bangle bracelet with coral eraser-- a numbered piece in a limited edition collection of only 7 or 8 pieces with space for engraving the owners name. http://www.robinkatz.co/noma-copley-pencil-bangle/
|Susan Lenart Kazmer jewelry|
Another handcrafted showstopper: Susan Lenart Kazmer's awesome bracelet. susanlenartkazmer.com
|Etsy Miceart colored pencil bracelet in resin|
All about the colored pencil? Etsy's got you covered with many color variations on this resin encased bangle including a Pantone perfect iteration. https://www.etsy.com/listing/234682487/resin-bracelet-bangle-bracelet-resin?ref=related-2
|Elevenses pencil skirt on eBay|
In terms of clothing, there's (ahem) the pencil skirt. Ahh the company Elevenses are a funny bunch-- making a pencil skirt with a pencil print is so "self-a-wear". They featured it in two colors, both out of stock but available in limited sizes on eBay.
Lastly, if all of this has left you a little hot under the collar, here's some instructions on how to put your medium to long hair up in an actual pencil. http://pencils.com/how-to-put-your-hair-up-with-a-pencil/. Ah, I feel transported back to middle school when I was jealous of any girl that could slay this look. Of course those were the days before youtube videos and online how to's gave us such power... before the concept of Pantone picking hues of the year was even a colorful dot on the not so tranquil horizon.
- Laurel Marcus