Electric Avenue

That blue is back again.

You know the one – you wore it years ago, for that pop of colour – back when pop music was heard on the spirit of radio?

I opted for electric blue when fluorescent colours were all the rage back then. It was under the radar, over ultra-glow, neon yellows, pinks, oranges and greens. I had electric blue socks and an over-sized, handknit mohair cardi in the same hue. I always wore it with black.

Call it brilliant blue, electric blue, cerulean, azure or phthalo –  it’s back with a vibrant vengeance.

I’ve been collecting these images for several seasons now. At first, there were random outbursts of colour…but collections for Spring and Fall 2011 are saturated in blue notes – from couture to common, everyday fashion.

These are not your mother’s blues, my dears. These are make-an-entrance, knock-em-dead outfits that will have reds blushing.

Pimp and Circums-dance: Gucci’s decked out ’70s disco ladies for FW11. Love the deep red, glossy lip as a contrast to the blue – a new view for my eyes.

Look what the wind blue in – can you imagine these next two on a breezy day? (Note, I didn’t say windy – a subtle breeze is all we want.)

Stephane Rolland Blue Pant Dress FW10 Haute Couture on exshoesme.com
You’d be nothing short of electrifying in this pant/gown combination from Stéphane Rolland, from his Fall 2010 Couture collection. Je need.
Emily Blunt Wearing Tom Ford SS11 in Harper's Bazaar UK January 2011 on exshoesme.com
Fringin’ Fabulous: Emily Blunt, wearing Tom Ford SS11 in the January 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

Or you can create your own movement and express yourself…

Blondie Call Me Video Still on exshoesme.com
Debbie Harry spins circles in electric blue in Blondie’s Call Me video, 1980.

…the Expressionists certainly did.

Five Women in the Street by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1913 on exshoesme.com
Five Women in the Street by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1913.
Christian Siriano FW10 Ruffled Blue Dress on exshoesme.com
This Christian Siriano ruffled dress from FW10 belongs in a painting, no?

Whether in a painting or at a dance, these rich shades and fabrics will have you panting for more.

50s Blue Satin Dance Dress via Shrimpton Couture on exshoesme.com
1950s dance dress from Shrimpton Couture – you make me feel like dancing, I wanna dance the night away…

The shades from season to season vary slightly, but there is a boldness in each blue.

Jean Paul Gaultier SS10 Haute Couture Dress and Woven Hat on exshoesme.com
What a tangled blue web we weave – Gaultier Spring 2010 Couture.
Alexis Mabille Spring 2010 Haute Couture Blue Dress on exshoesme.com
Mabille showed a split personality for his Spring 2010 Couture show – part of which was blue.

I was obsessed with phthalo blue in my art school years – it had a depth and transparency all at once. Currently, I am obsessed with this gorgeous gown from Bibhu Mohapatra, which to me, exhibits the same qualities – it’s just frothy enough and yet solid in that impeccable neckline and romantic in that empire waistline. I would love to wear this to an art opening, to bring the phthalo full circle.

Bibhu Mohapatra SS11 Frothy Blue Dress on exshoesme.com
Frothy, without the frou at Bibhu Mohapatra, SS11.

Even if it’s a darker blue like navy or midnight, it’s a change from the LBD for evening.

Armani Cruise 2011 Blue Gown on exshoesme.com
Sweetheart, I’m yours – Armani Cruise 2011.
Wayne Clark 1980s Blue Dress via Shrimpton Couture on exshoesme.com
Wayne Clark – a true blue Canadian couturier – did this perfect layered dress in the ’80s. This one is sold on Shrimpton Couture – sorry darlings.

It’s also a great way to add a little flair to your day.

Pringle FW11 Soft Blue Jacket on exshoesme.com
Blue-accented grey, tailored glen plaid gets a soft, billowy blue jacket at Pringle, FW11.
Stella McCartney SS10 Electric Blue Jacket on exshoesme.com
The opposite sich at Stella SS10 – a crisp jacket covers looser pants.

I love how the suit has returned, but in what I call Suit 2.0 – the more social, interactive suit – it allows a girl to move. This shade will also make you stand out in the corporate hierarchy.

Costume National SS11 Electric Blue Suit on exshoesme.com
Slant twist on a classic blue suit at Costume National SS11.

And quite frankly, also at fashion fêtes the world over – because everyone else will be wearing buh-lack.

Stafania Rocca and Fabio Novembre at Costume National on exshoesme.com
It looks just as great in “real life” – front-row-seaters Stafania Rocca and Fabio Novembre at the Costume show.

Imagine this on a dreary and rainy day.

Burberry Prorsum Runway - LFW Autumn/Winter 2010
Military or Mod? A coat from the Burberry FW10 show.

In this Rachel Roy, you can slink just about anywhere…but might need your own soundtrack to accompany you.

Rachel Roy SS10 Blue Suit on exshoesme.com
Rachel Roy shows how sexy a suit can be – from her SS10 collection. 

You can toy with your multiple personalities.

Viktor and rolf Blue Suited Doll on exshoesme.com
Viktor and Rolf – always playing around with how to present their clothes. This suit comes in life-size versions, aussi.

The men can play this game, too.

Dries Van Noten Menswear FW11 Blue and Grey Coat on exshoesme.com
A colour-blocked coat at Dries Menswear FW11.
Jonathan Saunders FW11 Mens Two-Tone Blue Blazer on exshoesme.com
Jonathan Saunders had a similar thought – only he was seeing double blue for FW11.

Flirt with as much – or as little colour as you can handle. And be sure to coordinate it with your landscape du jour.

I loved this image by Garance Doré, taken on Ipanema Beach last summer – the play of sunlight, the Louboutin sole against the patent blue, against the straw and sand.

It perfectly captures the energy of Rio as I imagine it to be.  “Tall and tan and young and lovely…the girl from Ipanema goes walking and when she passes, each one she passes goes Ahhhhh…”

Joana Shoes in Ipanema by Garance Dore on exshoesme.com
They know how to do colour on Ipanema Beach. Not sure which I love more in this photo by Garance Doré.

You might have to change your tune and give a nod to Mod with these on.

Pierre Cardin Blue 1960s Slingback Shoes at the Bata Shoes Museum on exshoesme.com
1960s Carnaby Street strutters, according to Pierre Cardin – part of the Bata Shoe Museum collection. I photographed these on a visit last Spring.

And really, could a post like this be complete without a couple of pairs of Blue Suede Shoes?

Hermes SS10 Blue Suede Shoes on exshoesme.com
Strapped and ready to stroll. Hermès SS10 sandals.
YSL FW10 Mohawk Blue Suede Shoes on exshoesme.com
Punk prancers by YSL for FW10.

My head is now exploding with musical references from punk days (mohawk heels, anyone?) to the glitz and groove of glam rock. Perfect boots to Do the Strand in?

Givenchy Spring 2010 Haute Couture Blue Boots on exshoesme.com
These Givenchy Spring 2010 Couture boots are not only glam, they are glam rock, baby.

These had me taking steps a few hundred years back.

Alberta Ferretti FW11 Blue Velvet Boots on exshoesme.com
Velvet crush: Alberta Ferretti goes medieval mod for FW11.

If you can’t walk a mile in those shoes, perhaps you can add a not so subtle bauble to your otherwise neutral ensemble?

This Rado Blue Fascination Jubilé timekeeper has an 18K gold bracelet with 206 diamonds, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face and hi-tech ceramic bracelet. Did your heart just skip a beat or few? It will set you back a cool 40K at Birks.

Oh, and let me borrow it? My cost per wear would be sky-high, since I only dabble in colour on occasion.

Rado Blue Fascination Watch on exshoesme.com
Keep Feeling Fascination: Rado’s Blue Fascination watch.

So, really, this colour has you covered.

Jean Paul Gaultier Woven Blue Hat Couture Spring 2010 on exshoesme.com
Peek-a-blue: I see you. JPG Spring 2010 Couture millinery at its finest.

It may be a cool tone, but its intensity will have you energized.

Gucci FW11 Blue Coat, Hat and Scarf on exshoesme.com
Clearly, I am taken with this Gucci topper – I’ll add it to the list.
Phillip Treacy FW10 Blue Hat on exshoesme.com
The trick to looking chic: a turquoise Treacy. Top marks.

It will leave you – electrified.

Armani Prive SS11 Haute Couture Electric Blue Ensemble on exshoesme.com
We’re gonna rock down to Electric Avenue. Armani Privé Spring 2011.


I’ll have the remaining blue-hued images for you in part deux (yes, there are more if you can believe it).

Image Sources: 1. Vogue.com; 2. Elle.com; 3. Harper’s Bazaar UK; 4. You Tube; 5. Stegosauro; 6. NY Post; 7. Shrimpton Couture; 8, 9. Style.com; 10. Courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra; 11. Style.com; 12. Shrimpton Couture; 13. Vogue.com; 14. WWD; 15. Elle.com; 16.  Courtesy of Costume National; 17. Getty Images; 18. Style.com; 19. Courtesy of Viktor and Rolf; 20. Style.com; 21. Vogue.com; 22. Garance Dore; 23. Pierre Cardin Shoes at the Bata photographed by Me; 24-26 Style.com; 27. Vogue.com; 28. Courtesy of Rado; 29. Style.com; 30. Vogue.com; 31. Luxury Emporium; 32. Vogue.com.

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