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In fashion, it's a common description of the shade a little darker than champagne, lighter than sand and perhaps with a hint of blush or peach. But when Michelle Obama wore, in the words of deer Naeem Khan, a "sterling-silver sequin, abstract floral, nude strapless gown" to a state dinner at the White House — and it was reported as such — that sparked questions about the definition of nude and its relation, if any, to the wearer's skin color. The Associated Press called Mrs.
Obama's dress color "flesh" and got immediate retorts: "Whose flesh?
It's politically incorrect," says Gale Epstein, creative director and co-founder of undergarment brand Hanky Panky. Human skin tones are a whole color palette unto themselves. Epstein says she realized years ago that the brand would need a full range of skin-tone shades.
The middle ground of Hanky Panky's dozen or so neutrals is probably taupe, which falls somewhere between the very light chai, which is also the best seller, and the much darker espresso.
Deer Pamella Roland, best known for her eveningwear, also treats nude as a broad color category. A quick search for "nude" in the online color finder for Pantone, the company that largely sets color-formula standards for fashion and home-goods manufacturing, turns up a light beige. It's a popular color in decorating, says Anthony Noberini, de director for Iconix's home brands, including Waverly, but, logically, the names are linked back to where the shade is being used.
In the kitchen, for example, the neutrals are oatmeal or flax. When it comes to the increasingly popular coffee shades, Noberini says he'll hear directly from consumers if they think his latte is too light or dark roast too dark. They're not unlike skin tones, he says, in that everyone thinks the color should reflect the one they personally are most familiar with.
It's not unprecedented for color names to change with the tastes of society. In the s, for nude name, Crayola changed its flesh color — which resembled white skin — to peach. The company attributes the switch on its Web site at least partially to the civil rights movement.
Nude as a term is too generic at this point, says Epstein. It's more literal. At the high-fashion house of Calvin Klein, nude name favors a neutral palette, color names are more specific than "nude" and used as internal shorthand.
While the sometimes esoteric labels can be a guessing game for the fashion insiders at its runway show — "ether," a light silver, was a favorite for spring — they mostly keep the nude name team from getting confused, explains women's creative director Francisco Costa. A sparkly neutral is a best seller for reality show star-turned-deer Whitney Port, who says she was finding herself so drawn to "flesh tones" when shopping for herself that she made them a big part of her Whitney Eve clothing line.
I use the word nude, but there's really an array of shades that covers — it could be mustardy, cream or blush," she says. Roland says she considers nude a range of shades, and loves working with the palette.
Nudes are a soft whisper — a sexy and elegant whisper. Nude allows a woman to wear her dress instead of the dress wearing her. It's very elegant. The woman who wears nude is suggesting what might be underneath, expressing "her most basic self," Zyla says. And perhaps that's why changing the name — or using many — makes sense.
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