Catwalk to Crosswalk

The biggest trend off the Summer 2011catwalks: BOLD color. 

On hips, lips and even fingertips – supermodels were dripping in saturated color.  From emerald green, electric lilac and turquoise to shocking fuchsia, punchy orange and coral, the runway was a rainbow.

The time is now to experiment with ocean blue and lime green, hot pink and salmon, tangerine and tomato.

Pop one hue, color block two or mix and match many.

And for head-to-toe beauty – rock a rich multi-dimensional haircolor to complete the look!

Not sure how?

We asked two super-sought-after New York City celeb colorists to translate the trend for your tresses.

Mike Petrizzi from De Berardinis Salon in Chelsea immediately references Eva Longoria as looking bang-on-trend in warm chestnut tone-on-tone haircolor when worn with coral. Mike P also reveals a cooler “coffee with a lot of milk” highlight wows when paired with the season’s fuchsia dresses.

And he is LOVING the emeralds designers are using this season. “I think the most important thing to keep in mind when deciding which haircolor works with this striking color is contrast,” advises Mike P. “You can go in so many directions. Obviously a complimentary cinnamon looks ravishing, but even a bold, dramatic raven-tressed girl would shine with emerald on.”

Mike P. notes that “for a more olive complexion, typically the cooler golds and reds will look fantastic” and “when you are working with a skin tone that has more elements of warmth, the richer coppers and auburns really spice up the overall look.”

Now for the bronze bombshells, Nercy Sullivan of Alchemy Space explains “a vivid turquoise brings out deeply bronzed skintones, which are enhanced by striking blonde highlights and medium-brown lowlights.” Another way to enhance tan skintones, “copper-blonde highlights overlaying a darker hue of copper-brown worn with glowing lilacs.”

Adding in another seasonal trend, Nercy also suggests the ombre color application “as a fabulous technique that enhances the beautiful array of skin tones of Latina women.” Why it works? “This effect provides balance for bold colors as they are refined by intermixing tones.”

Whichever color combo you choose, be sure keep it caliente this summer!