This St. Patrick’s Day, party like a leprechaun. Just don’t dress like one.
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How St. Patrick’s Day Came to Be
The most interesting factoid about St. Patrick’s Day is that this quintessentially Irish occasion honors a man who wasn’t even born there! Rather, he actually hailed from Roman Britain around the year 390 A.D. As a teen, he was kidnapped into slavery and sent to tend sheep in the countryside of Ireland. The Emerald Isle is where he remained after escaping, devoting the remainder of his life to missionary work. After he died in the year 461 on March 17th, he was largely forgotten until modern revelers decided to make him the patron saint of a fabulous global party. With one requirement: the wearing of something green! Which is another funny thing about St. Patrick’s Day…it was originally associated with the color blue. Sporting green attire became the thing to do only in the modern era (scholars aren’t quite sure why) but green ‘tis!
Emerald Green Continues to Sparkle and Fascinate
Fortunately, the luck of the Irish is with you fashionwise this year. Gorgeous greens have been gracing the hottest runways since 2013, when the Color of the Year was a lovely gemstone green. “Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green.” For centuries, countless countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity. “The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” continues Eiseman. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”
Green on the Spring 2014 Runway
It’s lively, lush and radiant…and there are plenty of ways to get your green on while staying safely on this side of chic.
Prada explored the surrealist side of green, while Marc Jacobs took a more alpine-chic slant. At Lanvin, Alber Elbaz delivered a masterclass in mixing greens.
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This Elie Saab cocktail frock shows how elegant this hue can be, as do these ethereal green gowns by Carolina Herrera and Atelier Versace.
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At the warmer, more yellowish end of the green spectrum is this beautiful Valentino couture confection. Alternatively, if you feel a little green goes a long way, try on the trend in a Christian Dior Couture bootie in refreshing mint green. Then grab some green-accented armcandy (Celine), artfully smudge on some colorful eye shadow (Chanel) and of course, book a mani/pedi (Zoya).
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Or, let it go to your head – literally! – with a spritz of green grass by Demeter behind your ears and some mermaid-green tresses like trendsetting model Chloe Nørgaard at Nicole Miller.
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Get Your Green Jewelry On
And of course jewelry can help bring some of the luck o’ the Irish to the rest of your year. Which is always most welcome.
ISHARYA Mohawk Ring
With their feisty reputation, leprechauns are kind of punk rock. Like our funky “Mohawk” ring with its drops of green malachite perched on a pearl-studded scaffold that elegantly follows the lines of your finger. The look is both organic and futuristic fab!
ISHARYA Green Shattered Enamel Earring
Our emerald-hued Shattered Enamel Earrings give a girl a regal air.
ISHARYA Green Square Resin Cuff
Basic, yes, but certainly not boring! Why not slip on a stack of our Vendome square resin-cuffs (as seen in Harper’s Bazaar!) in emerald green.
ISHARYA Goddess Statement Necklace
A little shock and awe is a good thing when you’re wanting to stun the party-scape. Our handcrafted green malachite “Goddess” necklace livens up whatever you’re wearing – whether to party in or…or not.
We would love to see your green ISHARYA Jewelry with us on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @isharya! Hope you have a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day!