The “erts” Have it: Radiant Color of the Year

Antiquities often humbles and shows modern man the wonders of the human mind.

We’re usually stunned by the level of craftsmanship and their understanding of mathematics, chemistry, physics and the natural world.

The pyramids would be one good example of the head scratching that continues
today . . . how did the ancient Egyptians build them?

Lawrence Herbert was a double-major graduate in biology and chemistry from Hofstra University in New York. His dream was to become a physician, and while working toward his dream, he took on a part-time job In 1956 with a small printing company in Manoochie, New Jersey.

While there, he learned printers had roughly 60 different pigments on hand to mix ink colors. Through trial and error, printers mixed the pigments until the desired color was achieved; an inefficient, time-consuming method.

Having a chemistry background, the pigment mixing task more than intrigued Lawrence. He knew there had to be a better method, and didn’t subscribe to “that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Putting his chemistry mind to work, Herbert was able to produce a full range of colored inks from just 12 pigments.


The Pantone Color Matching System was created. But it wasn’t until 1963, when Herbert aggressively introduced his licensed system to 21 major ink suppliers – which now needed only 10 pigments to produce the full range of colored inks.

All but one supplier signed on, and as the saying goes, “The rest is history.”  Pantone revolutionized the printing industry, followed by textiles, fashion, interior design . . .

But, what does all of this really mean?

Customers would no longer get inconsistent printed colors. For example, the branding color used on packages of Kodak film varied greatly, from a light orange-yellow to a dark orange-yellow. And, Kodak found that customers tended to purchase the lighter boxes because they felt the film in the box was “newer,” while the darker boxes were left on shelves.

By standardizing their corporate colors using the Pantone system, regardless of where their packages were printed, the Kodak logo colors would be consistent: Pantone 123 (yellow) and Pantone 485 (red).

Pantone is used and recognized internationally as The Standard. This acclaimed color match system enables accurate representation of specific colors regardless of where, or what equipment is used to print and produce the color.

Pantone is so important in the world of color that each year they embark on a secret meeting comprised of color representatives from many nations. After two days of debate, a “Color of the Year” is announced and published in “Pantone View.”

Formulas to achieve Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.

This invaluable book helps guide industry professionals in their planning for trends in future products and designs, and is the pre-cursor of what customers will eventually purchase.

Pantone Color Matching System: A revolution which occurred a little over 50 years ago.

Heretofore, there was another unknown revolution which occurred over 300 years ago.

In 1692 Dutch artist, A. Boogert, painstakingly created an over 800-page color matching swatch book, “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau.”

Radiant Orchid was already the "Color of the Year" in 1692. From a page of Mr. Boogert's color swatch book for watercolor reproduction.

Boogert’s “A Treatise On Watercolor Paints” illustrated how artists could quickly ascertain what mixture was needed to accurately reproduce a particular color into their painting. This jaw-dropping swatch book illustrates more than the ability to accurately reproduce color, it shows us that we have a lot to learn from brilliant minds of the past.

So, I’ve been researching to find anything out about Boggert’s art. Sadly, I have not found anything other than his book which survived and surfaced to the delight of Pantone lovers everywhere.

Hopefully, for Pantone lovers worldwide, we will uncover a piece of this remarkable man’s art before another 300 years pass.

Now, I beg the question . . . did Boogert get his idea from an artist 300 years earlier than him, and so on, and so on?


Halloween 2013: Will it be Another Nail-biter?

Residents from the East Coast of the United States stared Halloween 2012 right in its skeletal face, and were spooked.

They were left with the remnants of Frankenstorm Sandy which devastated thousands of miles of coastline – not to mention the massive amount of damage which caused permanent scars for many.

So, how can we put a smile on our faces once again? I’m from the school that it’s the simple things in life, not a hurricane, which pack the biggest punch.

French manicures with a vertical twist. Say, "fromage."

Our littlest of goblins can relish dressing up . . . remember Halloween really is for kids . . . while adults can subtly – yet effectively celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. No longer do we have to spend hundreds of dollars on decorations, costumes and treats.

All we have to do is apply the colors of Halloween to our . . . nails. Eeek!

Selection of the Best and Brightest

1967 Print Ad for the Magnavox Aegean Classic Color Stereo Theatre with Remote Control in Walnut. This was my family's first color television, and we still have the cabinet today – pretty much in pristine condition.

My first introduction to nighttime baseball was on my family’s first color television. The vivid color of the baseball field and players literally jumped off the screen. I felt like I was in the stadium. Our television was from a day gone by . . .  a piece of heavy, magnificent furniture – the Magnavox Magna-Color Remote Control Console.

Did I just say remote control? Why, yes I did, and albeit rudimentary as compared to the remotes used today that require the user to have a degree, the simpler year was 1967. Imagine turning on this magic piece of furniture, selecting a channel, adjusting volume, or accessing the stereo without ever having to leave your comfortable spot on the couch? You see since my sister and myself were the official channel changers in our family, the remote was a great piece of machinery. So, not only was this state-of-the-art system great for TV watching, I can also tell you we spent endless hours listening to many vinyl singles and albums on this bad boy. But, remember back in 1967 we only had channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 (WOR which televised the Mets baseball games), 11 (WPIX which televised the Yankees baseball games), 13, and sometimes 21; while it was always extra-special when you were able to get reception on the UHF tuner to watch bullfighting from Mexico.

Experiencing baseball – in living color – on my couch! What a concept!

Well, that console was handled with the utmost of care, and really became part of our family. Boy, if it could talk. It shared holidays, birthdays, parties, and the changing face of America with us. We saw the space race unfold culminating with the moon landing, assassinations, Vietnam body counts, The Ed Sullivan Show, Star Trek, Batman, and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Disney. Although most shows were designed to have vivid, rich colors shine through the screen to capture the viewer’s interest, it was color baseball which was the steady thread throughout my growing-up television-watching years.

Life was no longer black and white – no longer Pleasantville. Life was and still is scary, sad, problematic, inspiring . . . and colorful.

This year baseball’s team, the New York Mets, hosted the 2013 All-Star Game in CitiField, Shea Stadium for those steeped in yesteryear. This annual baseball game pits American League teams and National League teams against each other. The managers and players are chosen by fans, and to keep the All-Star Games relevant, the winning league gets home-field advantage in that year’s World Series.

So, what became a lackluster display of talent prior to the new home-field advantage rule, has now become a consequential competitive game. But, there was more, much more this year. And, it was Nike that just did it . . . go figure.

They took the game of baseball up an incredible notch. After my introduction to color baseball on a Magnavox TV 46 years ago, Nike added vivid color to the players cleats . . . and once again I was awestruck as baseball players seemed to jump off the screen.

Their Red Apple Collection was worn during the Home Run Derby portion of the All-Star Series. Those players talented enough to be chosen to represent their team during the Home Run Derby entered the batter’s box in one of three limited edition cleats:  Nike Air Huarache Pro Low Metal, Nike Air Huarache Pro Mid Metal, and Nike Air Swingman MVP 2 Metal.

But then what cleats are the chosen ones going to wear during the actual All-Star Game? Ah! Not to worry – the swoosh had it all under control. Enter Nike’s Bright Lights, Big City collection: Nike Air Huarache Low Metal Pro and Nike Air Huarache Mid Metal Pro. Teams select from seven different base colors – black, navy, orange, purple, red, royal blue, and yellow.

Nike has dressed the best in the brightest of footwear, and has made my color baseball experience even more memorable. Remote control nothing. I actually love baseball even more . . . wait, is that possible? Why, yes it is . . . purple cleats!


The Eyes Have It – Well, 300 of ‘Em Anyway

Although technology has improved the material, weight, and lenses of eyeglasses, the basic design used to correct and improve vision has not changed.

Monocles, bi-focals, featherweights, transition lenses, plastic, high-density polymer lenses, etc., etc., but we still need to wear glasses that sit on the bridge of our nose if we don’t go down the Lasik eye surgery route.

Since art and fashion is all around, and eyewear is over a billion-dollar industry, fashion houses have aligned themselves with heavyweights Luxottica, Essilor Groupe International, Oakley Inc., and Marchon Eyewear.

I just lost my breath – CliC reader 18K solid gold optical jewelry.

Oops, we need to add Ron Lando into the mix.

Aside from high-end designer names, functionality, and beauty there is a new approach to eyewear, and it didn’t come from any of the heavyweights.

Ron’s Optical Case Company has brought an innovative design to the otherwise static functionality of frames. His CliC reading glasses detach at the bridge of the frame for easy on-off wearability thanks to a magnetic closure. No more hanging glasses dangling from a chain fastened by a rubber loop, no more broken or misshapen temple stems from the constant on/off needs, no more misplacing of glasses.

But, plenty of style and innovation for those of us who have to wear glasses. And, not to be outdone by the fashion houses, CliC has significantly upped the ante by creating the world’s most expensive reading glasses.

Jewelry designer Hugh Power joined forces with Ron to bring the world a breathtaking piece of hand-made, handcrafted 18K Solid Gold optical jewelry. There will be 300 Limited Edition/Lifetime Warranty CliC Gold pieces – each one exceeding 50 hours to complete.

Too rich for my blood I’m sure, but I love the CliC design and will be adding the more cost-efficient ones to my eyeglass repertoire.

But, what does this statement optical jewelry cost for the person who wants everything?

A mere $75,000 retail . . . can I get a pair wholesale?

Time to Flip Your Lid

I heard a comedian a while ago, who was commenting on baseball as being America’s favorite sport. After some give and take in the routine, it was clearly explained.

You see, it was pointed out that everywhere you look: On the streets, in schools, in backyards, on the way to work – people wear baseball caps, er lids. They don’t wear football helmets, or hockey helmets – they wear baseball caps.

And, it seems the baseball itself is the perfect size to shape the Bill just right. After all, you cannot shape the Bill with a football, or hockey puck . . . or golf ball, or basketball gosh darn it.

So, it just stands to reason – baseball is America’s favorite sport. Good insight, I thought, until now.

Minor League Baseball's Lake Elsinore Storm cap says it all.

New Era 59Fifty is aggressively advertising their concept of modifying the beloved, time-honored baseball cap into a sports lid. Yes, a sports lid.
Thank goodness, now you can buy any cap with your favorite team’s logo from MLB, MILB, NBA, NCAA, and NHL. But it’s the NFL cap which New Era boasts as, “59FIFTY® fitted cap is the official on field cap of the National Football League®.”

Really? Football has team jerseys for their fans to wear, so why can’t football design their own headwear, too – oh, yes, they already did . . . a helmet. Fans can’t exactly wear rally helmets, or can they . . .  no, that would hurt – and it’s not a good-looking fashion statement.

That perfect cap was designed for, and is synonymous with baseball – period. And, when we see a basketball player, or hockey, or football, et al wearing a “team cap,” we all think, “Hmmm, they’re wearing a baseball cap with their team logo.”

Sports team logos are plastered all over everything: Cars, toothbrushes, pajamas, linens, dinnerware, home decor, textiles . . . you get the picture, so why not onto baseball caps?

Did I hear correctly? Let’s plaster our sports team logo onto a baseball cap . . . say again – onto a baseball cap?

Thanks for supporting baseball – really . . . but hey, all you guys, get your own.

From Flattery to Forgery: When Does Imitation Cross the Line?

Plagiarism is when a person uses or closely imitates the language from another author’s words and represents them as their own. Forgery is when a person modifies or reproduces a document, signature, works of art, coins, etc., as though it’s the original. Counterfeit is when something is imitated with the intent to defraud. Stealing is when a person’s property is taken without permission and not returned. Copyright infringement is unauthorized use of works that are copyrighted.

Hmmmm . . . they all sound very similar: Taking something that isn’t yours without permission.

Was Diane von Furstenburg flattered? DVF's "Cerisier" dress sells for $325 vs. Forever 21's "Sabrina" sells for a mere $32.

So, the nuances only confirm the difficulty the fashion industry has suffered with, and complained about for years. While high-profile designers have backed efforts for legal definitions and ramifications to those who closely imitate their designs, copyright protection has been elusive.

On September 10, 2012, Sen. Charles Schumer (D, New York) has resurrected a bill which has been floundering in the legislation process – S.3523: A bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to extend protection to fashion design, and for other purposes.

The new umpf aims to protect original designs for three years from “deliberate copies that are substantially identical to the protected design.” In order to prove a design was lifted, the plaintiff has to prove the design is protected, substantially identical and the defendant was aware of, or had access to the fact that the design was protected.

Although it’s nice to have less expensive fashion bags, shoes, jewelry and clothing that replicates the more expensive designs, shouldn’t the fashion world be protected like any other business?

The Little Black – and White Dress

In 1966, Scott Paper Co. advertised an A-line paper dress costing less than one dollar in “Seventeen” magazine as a high-profile gimmick to introduce a new market.

Not prepared for the onslaught of over 500,000 orders, Scott found itself on the forefront of a fashion craze.

They really weren’t trying to market women’s dresses, they were trying to introduce the new concept of low-cost disposable hospital gowns along with assorted other uses for quick, disposable clothing in order to benefit from the increasing cost of laundry.

Today, diapers, restaurant bibs, hospitals and other businesses who rely on disposable wares have benefitted from their gimmick . . . along with the sanitary advantages these items offer.

But what happens to paper products that aren’t formulated to be worn and disposed?

In the ever-increasing recycle mindset, paper has always been one of those products which lends itself quite nicely to being repurposed.

Phone book paper dress / © Jolis Paons

Phone book paper dress close up / © Jolis Paons

Phone books used to be the standard resource mega-book in everyone’s house, but are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Just like newspapers, the “TV Guide,” and “Reader’s Digest,” phone books are on the endangered species list.

Except if you’re Jolis Paons, who evidently had a vision and saw a beautiful dress instead of a discarded phone book. I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t want to wear this stunner.

The workmanship is exquisite, but if you look closely, you’ll see the addresses and phone numbers.

Scott Paper has changed the marketplace for many businesses, and Paons has changed the purpose of phone books.

Pearls . . . they just add elegance to anything disposable, no?

Do Tread on Me

You love fast, responsive cars with wide tires that make a statement – you consider yourself an enthusiast . . . or not.

You also love watches – cool watches. Cars and watches, they tell a lot about a person, especially the tread design.

Your strap can tell others what type of person you are by the pattern of the tread.

In your mind you know, really know, what car you would love to buy and which watch you would place on your wrist when you win the lottery. Until then, it’s all just a daydream – a “what-if” scenario.

Because you can’t have it all right now, does that mean you can’t have any part of it?

I don’t think so, Sparky.

It’s not a bad alternative to feel the best of both worlds – on your wrist.

Made of rubber or silicon with a variety of tread designs, mm widths and colors; you can either get replacement straps for your existing timepiece, or purchase a watch that already has a tread-patterned strap.

What type of person . . . er tread, are you?

Directional – pattern designed to move in a particular direction
Non-directional – pattern designed to move in any direction
Asymmetric –  pattern is a different design from one side to the other
Symmetric –  pattern is the same on both sides – but, aha symmetric is usually non-directional

Wear your heart on your sleeve – it’s a good thing.

The Element of Style

The 1934 Classic Underwood is the consummate image used to reflect a manual typewriter as the timeless machine that changed the way the world communicated. So, it stands to reason that it was chosen to graphically convey the tie as the timeless element of style.

Standard, narrow or skinny widths, these gorgeous ties come in 47 different vibrant colors in microfiber or 47 different vibrant colors in silk. Their obvious appeal: The perfect statement piece of the nostalgic past, but with today’s major pop of color.

Enjoying a resurgence, manual typewriters are being dusted off across America. Their obvious appeal: Amazingly cool, reliable and substantial machines that today’s keyboards cannot possibly replicate.

You’ve Got Balls

Schwetty® Balls
The Hottest Balls In Golf! – to be exact. Fore play on the links will never be the same ol’ same ol’.

Pink, blue or white – sold in pairs or in a sack; smack the newest, hottest titanium ball into the 18th hole today.

Since you’ll be playing with two, the 396-dimple patterned ball has either a right (R) or left (L) designation on each ball for quick identification.


Ladies, you will not be outdone!
Drive and putt in stepping-out style using these fashionista golf balls.

Sold in a set of four, each 432-dimple patterned ball showcases a different colored image of a high-heeled shoe for easy tracking and identification.

Golf no longer has to be stayed, quiet or boring any longer. Check out these:


When you want to display an outgoing bubbly personality, you are sure to wow and dazzle your playing partners when you whip out these loud metallic golf balls.

Choose from six vibrant colors; each ball packs its own pizzaz quotient.

These ultra-shiny, 432-dimple patterned golf balls allow for easy tracking and identification.

On My Need List

Would you really care if inclement weather was in the forecast if you owned this stunner?

Pop open this striped pinwheel
Bella Pagoda
umbrella. All heads are sure to notice as they twist and turn in your direction.

Made from high-quality, waterproof polyester fabric, the metal stick has
a choice of interchangeable handle colors . . . and the piece de resistance, a clear crystal jewel bedazzles the end.

Finally, an umbrella you’d be proud to display – definitely on my ‘need’ list.

Part One: No, It’s Not – Yes, It Is

He promised you the moon and stars – remember?

No, it’s not:
Anthony David® Handbag
Crystal-encrusted minaudiere Crescent Moon

Evening bag has a solid metal frame that is fully covered with Swarovski crystals. Each crystal is hand set; making each design truly a work of art. Can be worn as a clutch, or shoulder bag with detachable shoulder chain.

Yes, it is:

Judith Leiber® Handbag
Crystal-encrusted minaudiere Star

Evening bag has a solid metal frame that is fully covered with Swarovski crystals, gold metallic leather interior lining. This work of art can be worn as a clutch, or shoulder bag with detachable shoulder chain.

Color Me Violet

Summertime is quickly approaching, and lip color is exploding like blossoming flowers.

Pearly Violet is a color-intense lipstick from
Make Up For Ever.

The Rouge Artist line comes in a wide range of
shades and three different finishes. Get ready to pucker up with this creamy, long-lasting lipstick which boasts hydrating benefits.

Dot Your I’s

Polka dots will never go out of style. They’re just one of those patterns that bring a smile to your face.

If you love polka dots, but feel you cannot pull them off in an article of clothing, try introducing them in your stockings.

A small, steady stream of dots, random sizes and placement of dots, or the same size dot throughout; the patterns and colors vary greatly.

It’s all about what makes you look and feel beautiful.








Purr-fect Eyes Every Time

Cat eyes are back, and in a big way.

Instead of fussing and fretting over your eyeliner looking the same on both eyes, the Mother of Invention – Necessity – has come to the rescue.

More to the point – Christian Dior’s Velvet Eyes has come to the rescue.

These reusable appliqués are sold in a kit:
- 4 pairs of eyeliner patches: 2 black ones, 1 all pasted with anthracite gray crystals, 1 black with white crystals
- Small glue

Architectural Jewelry

Fashion is everywhere.

I ran across these rings created in variations of platinum, 18k gold, diamonds, enamel and gemstones – I simply had to share the beauty.

Completely envious of the awesome line of gorgeous architectural rings by Philippe Tournaire, shown are Moscow, New York City and Venice . . . enjoy!








How could I get that fabulous look?

Well, I found a respectable alternative: Noir Jewlery.

Noir jewlery has rings for around $250.00, shown are Gotham City, Barbie Dream House and the Brooklyn Bridge.