Do you dare to show some flair?

Having recently gone and seen the ‘Roy Lichtenstein’ Exhibition, leaving le Centre Pompidou, it left a feeling of enamor by his use of bold, striking colours to create the mood of the image.

Wandering back through le Marais and the hordes of Parisians wearing beautiful, yet muted shades of mink, grey and monochrome, the taboo of ‘colour’ seems all to prevalent, despite the fact that it is actually summer!

‘Crying girl’, by Roy Lichtenstein

‘Crying girl’, by Roy Lichtenstein

Image courtesy of zone-critique.com

Throughout fashion-history, designers have grappled with the ‘Pop art’ concept, and whilst they may tick all the boxes on the catwalk, we cease to project them onto ourselves, often regarding them as cheap looking and laughable. However classy does not need to be colourless.

One of the creations from the ‘Romance was Born’ line from the Australian 2012 Fashion Week, inspired by Marvel comic cartoon characters Lichtenstein’s Pop art.

One of the creations from the ‘Romance was Born’ line from the Australian 2012 Fashion Week, inspired by Marvel comic cartoon characters Lichtenstein’s Pop art.

Image courtesy of boudist.com

This A/W, the line-up promises us hues of dark, seductive and grungy material, in lace, velvet, and leather, releasing our inner gothic fairytale. However, with the new season approaching quicker than the days of remaining sunshine, why not take advantage of some of summer colour?

If you feel like diving head first into the colour pool and want to splash some cash on a vibrant new wardrobe, an appointment with ‘Fabulous You Paris’ maybe exactly what you need. However, those who want to make it work with the items they already have, try these small but effective addictions to your present collection:

A great starting point is nail varnish. It is affordable, easy, chic and practical. It instantly lifts an ensemble, and adds a striking hit of colour. Nail varnish is easily  available these days, in every colour, texture or finish you could possibly want. ‘Kiko Cometics‘ is a favourite for budget make-up buys. They are Italy’s answer to Sephora, and found throughout Paris. And with nail varnishes starting at €2.40, in a range of over 30 colours, it is not a surprise that Kiko Cosmetics is always full with Parisians.

Or perhaps try this coral shade by Dior, perfectly named ‘Aloha’. Available at Sephora, so why not pick one up when next browsing the Champs-Elysee?

Dior Nail Polish- Sephora €18

Dior Nail Polish- Sephora €18

Another option is to liven up an outfit with statement accessories, such as a bright scarf, necklace or bag. These can all be picked up cheaply in shops such as H&M or Zara, for an instant wardrobe re-work.

      American Apparel Leather Clutch Bag- €56

American Apparel Leather Clutch Bag- €56

Zara Asymmetric Flat Sandals- €15

Zara Asymmetric Flat Sandals- €15

      Images courtesy of Polyvore

Vintage shops are often adorned with vividly coloured accessorizes and clothing. For a touch of retro glamour, hit Le Marias, which will satisfy all of your vintage needs. (For top tips and shops see ‘ParisMarais: The best places to shop in the Marais’ article)

With pieces like these in your wardrobe, even if the sun isn’t shining, your outfit will do it for you.

Image courtesy of Tumblr.com

Image courtesy of Tumblr.com

 

The ‘Roy Lichtenstein’ exposition is open from the 3rd July 2013- 4th Novemeber 2013 (11am-9pm). Tickets are €13 (€11 for concessions).

Click here to buy tickets: http://billetterie.centrepompidou.getaticket.com/Offres.aspx

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