Emerald Green: Eco-Chic Or Eco-Friendly?

//Emerald Green: Eco-Chic Or Eco-Friendly?

Emerald green  was 2013’s colour of the year, therefore favoured on the runway that year. Emerald green is a lively and radiant colour, “A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” (according to Pantone).

“Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Pantone 2013 Emerald green

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Emerald on the runway. Accessories and interior decorations

Head-to-toe emerald looks started streaming in Spring 2013 and are still flowing today, maybe not with the same intensity. But they are still present on the runways, even just as accessories such as shoes, bags or clutches and jewelry.

Here is a glittery emerald skirt accessorized with emerald schoes and and emerald coat, forming an all emerald look at Michael Kors Spring 2013. 

Emerald green coat

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Only Burberry can create such a beautiful emerald lace trench coat.

A pretty pair of vintage emerald green earrings.

I am in love with this Balmain emerald green encrusted mini dress.

emerald green furniture


emerald green


Emerald green also looks great if you’re interested in decorating your home with some pieces of furniture. It brings out the nature in your home.

Who wouldn’t like to receive a pair of emerald green Jimmy Choo leather stilettos? I know I would.

Here are some gorgeous, bold, shimmery and shiny emerald green dresses, encrusted with crystals or other gems, from Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013.

Here is the Elie Saab SS2014 Couture Collection.
You may also want to read about the Elie Saab AW 2014 Couture Collection.

Fact: Elie Saab went green a few years ago, using this revitalising colour and creating gorgeous green gowns and outfits. You can see that he brings life into his collections by adding some green in them.

2012 Spring Ready-to-wear

You mai also be interested in Elie Saab: The Designer Who Embodies Best A New Year’s Eve Dress.

Emerald green is also present in some of 2015’s couture collections presented so far.

Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2015 Couture

Here is Christian Dior Fall 2014 RTW Collection and Dior Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture.

Schiaparelli Spring/Summer 2015 Couture

Eco – Fashion: Sustainble and Conscious

When we talk about the rejuvenating colour green, we think of the environment and our planet, organic food, forests, green cities and green revolutions, basically everything that’s got to do with a healthy life. Life is the key word here. Green is the colour of life.

The fact that fashion went green reflects a trend in the industry, a fashion statement. Sustainability became the new normal, that’s why eco-chic became mainstream. I think that one important reason for which fashion became green is to present to very best of it, that is, a sustainable, eco-friendly fashion.

Everybody knows that Stella McCartney is fully commited to green fashion – she never uses leather or fur in her collections or the fact that Claire Vivier uses environmentally friendly accessories. Kowtow or H&M Conscious Collection use 100% sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton.

H&M Conscious Collection


Eco (or sustainable) fashion represents a design philosophy that has the following purpose: to create a system which can be supported, indefinitely, by environmentalism and social responsibility. Leaving out the fact that GREEN is a colour that seems to takes us in that particular direction, due to its meaning, a colour is not enough to get something this big started. However, it’s good to know that designers have started to incorporate different sustainable practices in the modern design and that they care about what happens to the environment.



I guess nobody knows what the future holds, especially regarding eco-fashion, but if movements like these are going to be created further on, then, nothing seems impossible and great results will come out of this!

The colour of nature always brings fashion to life!

Emerald on the streets of Paris, New York, London, Milan

Going back to the main theme of the article, emerald green, I can say that emerald, in various shades and shapes, was also spotted at Fashion Weeks 2014 in Paris, New York, Milan and London. Take a look and see how this colour is wonderfully combined and mixed up with different colours and prints.

Here’s  Australian fashion retail consultant Yasmin Sewell mixing a green top with denim jeans under a layered black sheer skirt.

Giovanna Battaglia in a beautiful emerald green printed skirt mixed with a white flower printed shirt.

Natalie Joos in a metal shaded emerald dress.

Guess what popped up at New York Fashion Week 2014? You got that right, it’s an emerald midi skirt.

Blogger Chiara Ferragni wore an emerald leather jacket at Milan Fashion Week 2014.

Check out here 15 Street Style Icons We Admire.

Paris Fashion Week Street Style 2015 with emerald accents was brought to you by Yasmin Sewell – with striking small accessories with emerald, Aymeline Valade – with a small emerald clutch and Giovanna Battaglia – in a simple cut emerald dress.

You can also read about 68 Paris Street Style Photos For A/W 2014/2015 and 81 WOW Street Style Photos From Paris.

What do you think: better to be eco-chic or eco-friendly?

Feel free to comment your thoughts here.

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By | 2021-02-22T19:11:41+02:00 January 30th, 2015|Style|

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