Color Watch: Pink

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Good Day Gentiles!

We know it’s been a while since our last post, but we assure you–progress is being made on the forefront of this Earthly existence.

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Today we honor the color pink. The color of unconditional love, passion, romance, femininity, and purity. With Venus in full retrograde, it’s a sensitive time for all of us, and so we study the color pink to gain its virtues and understand its role in our lives. Pink is unique because unlike primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, pink is not found on the light spectrum. In other words, it is not a reflective color. Pink is only visible to the human eye when it is combined with red and white, making it a transmissive color. Nevertheless, it is still a very important color found not just in your underwear drawer, but all across nature, especially in the flower, insect, reptile and mineral kingdoms.

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The etymology of the word ‘pink’ is thought to be of German origin, named after “pinks,” a type of flower with frilled edges representing the endearing hue. Historically, pink has symbolized many feelings and attributes relating to the human condition, including seduction, youth, innocence, and tenderness. Pink also was a symbol of the Body of Christ in many art works during the Middle Ages.

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Metaphysically, pink is associated with the heart chakra, which is also represented by the color green. This chakra deals with the subject of universal love and compassion. Planets associated with this energy center are Venus (as mentioned above), and the Moon, our heavenly guide for the functions of the body. Interestingly enough, Venus is the planet that rules our sensual experiences pertaining to pleasure. This doesn’t limit the term to  simply physical pleasure, but pleasure in the total sense of the word. The pleasure we derive from delicious food, good company, lovers, and friends. The spaces we inhabit and the things and people we like all fall under this energy.

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Psychologically, pink can be used to aid in calming the mind of anxious and irrational thoughts, as well as facilitate compassion and love for fellow man. Pink is also known to help dispel aggression and violence when used in color therapy. Let’s not forget that pink also represents femininity, which indirectly fosters the nurturing, receptive, and intuitive natures of the feminine role.

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We urge both men and women to invite pink into their lives despite the overwhelmingly redundant cultural references to its status in society. We see how, like many scared colors, pink has been made profane by the mass media and marketing entities, and we ask you to set your judgements aside and try pink from another perspective. Perhaps a different tone of pink will help alleviate some of the pressure that pink implies, as there are many alternative hues to pink including magentas, salmons, rose, carnation, and champagne for a more subtle exposition of this fascinating color.

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Pink can flatter any skin tone, but be sure to wear the right hue for you. Those with red undertones should stick to warm pinks (salmon, coral, peach) and those with yellow undertones look best in cool pinks (rose, violet-pink, lavender-pink).

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Suggestions on how to wear pink:

-Pink makes a great accessory or accent piece. Jewelry, scarves, or cardigans are great candidates for pink

-The right pink shoes can take any outfit to the next level

-Pink socks

-Pink blush or lipstick (tastefully, of course)

-Pink nail polish

-Pink pants match virtually any color, as well as a pink top–so treat pink like you would white or black. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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That’s all for pink. It has been our supreme pleasure to bring you one of our favorite colors on The Dawn’s Color Watch. Stay tuned for more to come!

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Dripping in Love for You,

The Dawn

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Reem Acra RTW FW 2015

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Known for her intricate designs and rich fabrics, Reem Acra is simply a master of her craft. Her most recent ready to wear Fall/Winter collection is one to be revered. Her vision of beauty is so finely executed in her pieces. We cannot help but feel taken by the flowing hemlines and glistening beadwork. She is one who understands the needs of women when it comes to femininity and elegance. What we adore about her collections is that they never fall short of high taste. She has a knack for sensuality that doesn’t compromise the integrity of the female body–a skill that is inherently crucial in today’s world.

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This collection celebrates the duality of womanhood, as evident in the mixing of fabrics and textures, playing with the idea of fantasy and reality–classic Reem Acra. The color palette is the stuff of fairy tales, but it’s also exquisitely balanced with heavier fabrics to bring us back down to Earth. Pragmatism mixed with the ethereal–it doesn’t get any better than that.

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What is most impressive about this collection is the feeling of timelessness that it evokes. It rises above centuries of trends, yet is somehow rooted in the luxurious aesthetic of the past. Again, her sense of balance when it comes to garment construction is flawless, both technically and visually.

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We here at The Dawn shiver with excitement when exposed to this kind of glamour and refinement. It’s clear that Reem Acra creates from the heart, and this collection highlights the very core of her divinely inspired work.

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Woman, as an idea, is to be seen as the embodiment of the Sacred. The models on this runway seem to float in these pieces. Weightlessness, feather-like, and fluid are words that come to mind whilst feasting on such allure.

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Note the exemplary use of detail. The beadwork, lace appliques, and sublime tailoring cannot be surpassed. Thank You, Reem Acra, for displaying the awesome potential of human creativity.

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Again, the mixing of the delicate and the robust is something we absolutely cherish.

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When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.

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We have no words, only warm feelings of Love.
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It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative – whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.

-Sylvia Plath
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We hope you delighted in this collection as much as we did. May you never run dry of experiencing pure Love.
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Golden Fields of Sunlight,
The Dawn

Rene Gruau: Merging Art and Fashion

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Art and Fashion are one in the same. Fashion, in its purest form, is wearable art. Rene Gruau understood this very deeply, and was able to display, quite beautifully, the relationship between these two forms of expression. His illustrations are world renown, and he has collaborated with the planet’s tops designers, including Christian Dior, Balmain, Givenchy, Rochas, and Balenciaga.

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His vision of clothing on the body is one of aesthetic mastery, as he would often exaggerate angles and represented designs in new and exciting ways.

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His dramatic use of line gave designers an edge that would soon become the standard in haute couture advertising.

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Rene Gruau is a being who discovered a distinct sense of style in his art and turned it into a cultural phenomenon–something we here at The Dawn graciously applaud.

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May his work continue to inspire lovers of Beauty and future artists of all mediums. Mr. Gruau is one to be revered, as his work marked a turning point in the culture of fine art and high fashion.

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Marigolds,

The Dawn

Recent Work at The Dawn

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Some of our most recent work with Chicago’s finest–Enjoy!


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One of our newest collaborations with Chicago photographers Marc Hauser and Escalante Photography. Always a pleasure to to work with such a legend as Mr. Hauser. This was our first run with the renown Escalante, and we must say there was never a dull moment in the studio. Our models were as sweet as can be. Love the end result!

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Photography by: Escalante Photography

Styling: Ruben Lopez

Hair and Makeup: The Dawn

Models: Caitlin McCoy and Lauren Smith


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Chicago pop duo Celine Neon is at it again. These women are a powerful force to be reckoned. Audacious, talented, and sublime; The Dawn is always delighted work with this sensational pair. See their latest video, Getcha Good, here.

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Before and after with the very accomplished Deladeso. View his work at the link below.

Oh, the colors!!

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“Fate loves the Fearless”

-James Russell Lowell

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Photography: Scott Thompson Photography

Digital Artist: Deladeso

Styling: The Dawn


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This is another collaboration with the very talented Ksju Kami of Ksju Kami Photography. The Dawn has been working with Kami Photography for almost two years now, and we are constantly inspired by each other’s visions.

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Our latest work deals with the nature of the Self, and how it interprets the world in which it resides. Beauty, pride, and the transience of being are all factors that play key roles in the mastery of existence. We chase the light, so as to be illuminated, and we transmute the darkness, to better see the road ahead.

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“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

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“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”

-Jiddu Krishnamurti

Editorial pick:

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Photography: Ksju Kami Photography

Styling/Hair: The Dawn


Cherished Ones,

That’s all for today. May your time be spent in awe of What Is.

Merriments,

The Dawn

Color Watch: Blue

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Out of all the colors, blue is by far one of the most popular, and rightfully so. It is the color that takes up most of our visual landscape, as it encompasses both sky and sea. Historically, blue has been a color of the Divine, and was often used in burials and other sacred rituals. The term “Blue Blood” came from this belief. Blue has been used for thousands of years all over the world. Cultivation of blue first began by extracting the pigment from stones and plants, then later became synthesized through the use of various chemicals, which is mainly how blue is manufactured today.

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Blue is the last of the three primary colors on our Color Watch. We like to think of blue as a statement color, one that demands high standards and a base of core beliefs. In other words, do not wear this color in vain. Blue has a myriad of uses and meanings. Trust, responsibility, reliability, honesty, inner wisdom, and eternity all resonate with this powerful color. Visually, blue falls between green and indigo on the spectrum, and ranges in tones from dark to light.

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In painting, blue was a coveted color and quite expensive throughout Europe during the Renaissance, as well as the rest of the world. It was a color worn by Kings and Nobles. Ancient Egyptians used blue to adorn Pharaohs, and the Chinese and Russians used blue to create ornate designs on porcelain glassware–a trend that took the Empires by storm.

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Blue is also the color of many uniforms, from schools to armies. This was started in Europe for economical reasons, as blue was under siege due to the popularity and scarcity of indigo dye. This started a mini revolution over the elusive hue, and as a result, blue began to be manufactured en masse. Blue uniforms soon dominated the industry, and are still popular today.

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Spiritually, blue is the color of the throat chakra, and it relates to the emission and absorption of sound. Body parts associated with this energy point are the ears, throat, lungs, and mouth. It governs the thyroid gland which is responsible for the body’s metabolism. A well balanced throat chakra manifests itself in relaxation, loyalty, trust in oneself and others, affection, and self expression. In contrast, an ill balanced throat chakra can show up as anorexia, hyper/hypo active thyroid, asthma, sleep problems, hearing problems, bronchitis, and mouth ulcers.

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When wearing blue, one evokes feelings of calmness, relaxation, freedom, and knowing. The paler the blue, the more freedom and openness one feels. Order, predicability, and communication also fall under blue, which is why blue can be very useful if worn with intent.

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We suggest wearing blue while cleaning, working on a project, or publicly speaking. If you have an eventful day, wear blue to keep order and maintain focus. Since blue is a primary color, tone plays a principal role. Be sure to match the right hue to your skin. Red based skin looks best with greener shades of blue such as cyan, turquoise, teal, and aquamarine. Yellow based skin goes well with shades closer to purple such as indigo, navy, cobalt, and ultramarine. Again, the nature of blue allows for experimentation, so take these guidelines as mere starting points and fear not the unknown! You never know until you try; often you may find that blue is just full of surprises.

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Our favorite shades of blue include grey-blue, ultramarine, pastel blue, periwinkle, navy, and turquoise. We find that these particular shades favor many skin tones. They also fare well as accessories. A pop of blue will never go unnoticed. Might we add that a good pair of blue shoes should be a staple in everyone’s closet.

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With that said, treat blue with the respect it deserves. Immerse yourself in the world of blue and discover the beauty that awaits.

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Loving You,

The Dawn

Dolce and Gabbana RTW Spring 2015

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They did it again.

Dolce and Gabbana are one of the few big designers who can still manage to take us to another world. For their ready-to-wear Spring collection, it was all flowers and flamenco mixed with regal splendor and the passion of the matador. Spain is in the air, and we are very big fans.

Some of our most adored pieces from this spectacular drama:

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The detail in this collection is breathtaking. The soft embroidery is charmingly placed against geometric diamond fishnet, a look we wouldn’t normally envision, let alone fall for. Well done, so very well done.


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Since we’re talking about detail we thought we would mention their fabulous rings–look out for this returning trend come summer. This reminds us of the Kings and Queens of antiquity, who wore a ring on each finger to designate certain qualities of the Spirit.


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There are two things happening here that we applaud. The first goes to the sheer sock/pump combination. This look isn’t easy to pull off and they did it impeccably. The other is, again, the detailed embroidery on the heel. Another big trend of the year, as we anticipate lots of activity in this area.


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Again, the elaborate detail is what sets this collection apart from the rest. We also love the symmetry involved in the flower appliques, reminding us of the mirroring quality of human existence.


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Sheer, super high waists, and below the knee hemlines are three elements we deem necessary in the understanding of the female body. As in all things, fashion is about balance. The combination of sensuality and modesty is ostensive in this collection and we can’t get enough. We also admire the hyper feminine silhouettes created by the low hemlines and flowing fabrics.


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The head pieces were one of our top picks, and for good reason. They take us to the Vatican and Frida Kahlo’s garden all at once, without restraint. Essentially, a well-done collection considers the whole package, and the head is perhaps the most important. The extravagant earrings are also worth noting, as they add that extra pop of glamour and majesty.


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Lastly, we just love an army of women in red shorts. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, it’s less aggressive and certainly more effective than the current methods. Note the embroidery yet again, as well as the ultra high waist. We also commend the use of the white collared shirt, as it adds a masculine component to an otherwise feminine look.


That’s all for today. We leave you with our lovely Frida and some nice words.

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“I was dead, then alive.
Weeping, then laughing.
The power of love came into me,
and I became fierce like a lion,
then tender like the evening star.”

-Rumi


May running waters flow through your Greatness,

-The Dawn

Color Watch: Yellow

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One of the three primary colors, yellow elicits feelings of happiness, joy, and exuberance. Yellow is a pure pigment, and produces the secondary colors green and orange. The English root of the word yellow comes from the German word for gold. This comes as no surprise as yellow is the color of sunshine, and in painting, to mix gold one must start with yellow. We adore yellow’s brilliance and its ability to stand out in a crowd, and we find much enjoyment in wearing this shining color.

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Yellow evokes a myriad of emotions and feelings, both positive and negative. Creativity, optimism, cheer, wisdom, and confidence are some positive aspects of yellow, while judgement, impatience, pessimism, and deceit are negative aspects of yellow. It is also a color of the mind, not the heart, which means yellow tends to over think things and could cause emotional detachment if not properly used.

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Visually, yellow is easily detectable to the human eye. Street signs, warning signs, and other important images are often yellow due to its high visibility. If you ever want to stand out, wear yellow. The eye will naturally gravitate towards it, no matter who or what is around you.

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Yellow is also the color of the solar plexus chakra, located in the center of the torso, just below the rib cage. It relates to self-worth and self esteem. This chakra governs the pancreas, liver, spleen and digestive system. Awareness of yourself and those around you, as well as ego consciousness all fall under the yellow chakra. If it’s unbalanced, one can become anxious, over analytical and self critical. A well balanced solar plexus produces confidence, creativity, and high self esteem.

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When wearing yellow, like all colors, be sure to pay attention to tone. Since yellow is a primary color, there are no real rules according to skin tone. Yellow is difficult to match because the tone differences are very subtle, so we suggest lots of practice in order to find the right tone for you. Generally, people with red undertones should stick to greener yellows, and those with yellow undertones look best in golden yellows or redder yellows. Again, these are general suggestions. The best way to find the right tone is through trial and error, and close attention to detail.

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You can also wear yellow as an accessory to avoid looking too orange or washed out. Yellow hand bags, nails, or scarves work quite well with most colors. Yellow calls for creativity, so don’t be afraid to play. Pick unconventional ways to wear this vibrant color and watch the magic happen!

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And with that, we depart. It has been our pleasure.

Rainbows,

The Dawn