Color Trends, Off the beaten trail

Cerulean Blue

DSCF5318 Crater Lake, Oregon.

The water of Crater Lake is intensely blue, a cerulean blue.  I first heard the word cerulean while in college to describe a specific color.  I honestly thought my art professor just liked saying it.  Go ahead, say it.  My professor was right, it is fun.




See?  It just roles off the tongue.  Now that you know what the color is you’re going to impress the heck out of your friends.  Make sure you insert it into a party conversation sometime.

After looking over more and more of my photos from Crater Lake and just gasping at how blue this lake was I just couldn’t help but think of the classic scene from Devil Wears Prada about the cerulean sweater.

Click on Andrea's cerulean sweater to watch the clip

[To Andrea] This… stuff? Oh… okay. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out — oh, I don’t know — that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002 Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? (I think we need a jacket here). And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.”

Miranda may have taken it from Oscar De La Renta but if I were to be inspired to include this color it would come from nature for sure.  No need to ogle a fashion show.  Just look out a window.