Jan 13, 2012
Friends, I know you're eager to continue yesterday's discussion about Tangerine Tango, not to be confused with Clementine Clog Step, Satsuma Slide, or Kumquat Gavotte.
Amateur sleuth that I am, I decided to do some online research to see just how deeply Tangerine Tango has penetrated the American consumer market. Answer: not very. First, I made a beeline for the Lord & Taylor dress department, well, actually the LordandTaylor.com dress department, where I looked at tiny photos of hundreds of women's dresses. I found virtually nothing in anything even close to Tangerine Tango. In fact, judging by Lord & Taylor, the big colors are purple, emerald, and other jewel tones -- no citrus fruit at all.
Even when you search specifically under orange, the closest I found was a cute little one-shoulder polyester dress in Papaya.
Here's what I think: a Lord & Taylor buyer with a head on her shoulders realized that if she jumped on the Tangerine Tango bandwagon, there'd be a lot of rotting fruit on the racks come Spring. Surely store buyers must recognize that orange is a difficult color for most -- most -- people and much more suitable for the cheap accessory than the big purchase.
Other than Clio, who looks good in orange? I want names, people, names.
I also did a search under orange appliance in the Home & Kitchen section of Amazon. There wasn't much. You can get a tangerine (though not Tangerine Tango) classic Kitchenaid mixer for a few hundred dollars (see top pic), but they offer a wide array of colors, not just orange.
I looked over at the Bed, Bath & Beyond website and it's slim pickings in orange -- a plastic pitcher here, a Bodum coffee maker there. Usually the orange you do see is that late-Nineties iMac orange (remember those candy-colored computers of yore?). Most definitely not Tangerine Tango.
Moving right along, I realized that I actually do know someone in the field of fashion/color forecasting, a man I met a book launch event last fall who happens also to be a well-known paper doll enthusiast and illustrator. I am going to reach out to him and find out more about color forecasting. I may wait till the dust dies down on yesterday's post in which I basically trash the forecasting field, however.
In other news...
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I must return to sewing before I forget how. This Twenties dress, straight out of a Clara Bow movie, is high on my list.
Finally, now that we're into 2012, I have made my first sewing-related purchase!
It is the Couture Techniques Workshop Basics with Claire Shaeffer DVD. Are you familiar with it? As much as I like to read about sewing -- and I still intend to review the revised edition of Claire Shaeffer's book Couture Sewing Techniques -- I really love to have things shown to me. (It was the Margaret Islander Shirtmaking DVD, a bootleg copy of which I was given by someone whose anonymity I will respect as the original costs a fortune, that taught me how to sew my first successful men's shirt, and I've watched that DVD, easily, fifty times or more. I love her.)
Do you like sewing videos?
Friends, that's it. Those with time on your hands, where can we find Tangerine Tango today? Bloomingdales? Macy's? Kmart? Please do some research and report back.
Have a great day, everybody!