Okay, so this probably isn’t exactly what Frank Ocean was going for when he titled his premier full-length album Channel Orange. In fact, we know it isn’t since Ocean told KCRW’s Chris Douridas after the Orange listening party that the title referred to a neurological condition called “synesthesia” wherein the afflicted associates colors with letters and numbers. It’s a reference to the color he saw the summer he first fell in love. And knowing Ocean’s penchant for the poetic and his storied affinity for all things zen, we think there might also be a (perhaps subconscious) throw there to Buddhist monks’ traditional orange robes and the religion’s use of the color as a symbol of wisdom, strength and dignity. On the FASHION side of things, we can’t help but twiddle our fingers with glee at how nicely this coincides with 2012’s Pantone Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango. The citrus hue was EVERYWHERE on the Fall/Winter 2012 New York Fashion Week runways this past February, and Frank’s prodigious debut album (along with being RIDICULOUSLY honest and hypnotic) reminds us of the color trend that will help carry over a little needed summertime into the colder months.
We saw orange in all iterations, from solid walls of color at Rachel Comey and Nanette Lepore to strategic pops at Preen and Mara Hoffman, and we cooed at the vivid orange prints at Marc By Marc Jacobs and Karen Walker. It’s bright without being overwhelming and a perfect accent to most every skintone, and orange duds for fall are already hitting shelves! Commit to the hue with this geometric print lace bodycon dress from Free People ($108) or these head-turning Nike Air Max 1 sneakers from Urban Outfitters ($110). Or you could take the subtle approach by painting your nails neon naranja with this polish we found at Sephora ($9.50) or this adorable braided printed bangle from Need Supply ($22). Our faaaaavorite item, though, has to be this tasseled fabric knapsack that’s currently on sale at Urban Outfitters ($24.99)! How will you channel orange this fall?