My London Color Adventure, Part II — Getting My “Color Season” Analyzed.

Gretchen with Ilka Dunn

The other day, I wrote about my decision to have color adventures while I was visiting London.

Before I left New York City, I’d made a plan to visit the Lycurgus Cup in the British Museum.

As reluctant as I usually am to have spontaneous adventures (Upholder), I did have an unplanned color adventure during my visit.

I got the idea for this adventure from the brilliant journalist Hannah Betts. Talking to Hannah was a fantastic experience, because she’s so funny and thought-provoking, and because she knows my work so well. She’s a Rebel who has embraced her Tendency in a big way, with great results — it was very fun (and gratifying) for me to hear about her experiences.

It turns out that Hannah is also very interested in color, and she convinced me to get my colors analyzed, to discover my “season.” She wrote a piece on  color analysis called, “What Clothes Season Are You? Are you spring or winter? The 1980s trend of getting your ‘colours’ done is proving a hit with a new generation.”

I’m not very good about making spontaneous plans, or adding new items to an already crowded to-do list, but I thought, “This is a color adventure! I should do it!” She made it easy by telling me exactly how to go about it.

So I made an appointment with Red Leopard and consultant Ilka Dunn did the color analysis. Spoiler alert: I’m an “Autumn.”

While I was there, I also met Melissa Nicholson, who has a clothing line, Kettlewell, where she creates clothes featuring that reflect this color system.

It was fascinating to think about color in a new way, and also talk to two people who are as passionate about color as I am. Since I started getting interested in color, I’ve been surprised to learn that there are many more fellow color-obsessives out there than I thought.

Talking to these two also made something clear to me about myself: Ilka and Melissa were both highly visual, while I’m not visual at all. One reason I’m drawn to the study of color is that it helps me to key into the visual world, which is a practice that doesn’t come naturally to me. But I have to approach color through words — that’s why I’m writing a little book about color! I can only see it by reading and writing about it.

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