WHEN FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA wore a marigold sleeveless knit sheath by Narciso Rodriguez to the State of the Union address, fans gushed and the on-sale dress sold out in nano-seconds at Neiman-Marcus. According to New York Times fashion reporter Vanessa Friedman “it telegraphed a mood that was unquestionably upbeat and sunny … the brightest dress the first lady had worn to a State of the Union since 2012.”
But it was far from the first time that a famous face chose a hue that at first ,er, blush seems more suitable for different season. Hollywood may be on the warm side during film awards season but in most of the country it’s cold. Stars strutting shades of yellow on the Red Carpet in mid-winter have proven to be a winning combination. Take this year’s Golden Globes and Jennifer Lopez who struck gold for her canary-colored Giambattista Valli couture gown. Post-divorce from Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon received raves for the strapless lemon-yellow Nina Ricci dress she wore to the Globes in 2008. More? Michelle Williams in a saffron Vera Wang at the Oscars in 2006; Cate Blanchett won best supporting actress (for “The Aviator) and for her one-shoulder pale yellow silk taffeta Valentino with chocolate bow at the 2005 Oscars; Renee Zellweger stole the show if not an award in a 1959 vintage Jean Desses chiffon dress at the 2001 Academy Awards.
Terrorist threats, the teetering stock market, the current deep freeze and the forecast for a weekend snow storm can seem oppressive. But instead of reinforcing the doom and gloom outlook by donning your usual black pants and turtleneck, even or especially if you’re not feeling optimistic, add a dash of yellow to your wardrobe (see our suggestions above) and see what it does for your mood.
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