The founder of the House of Lanvin, the oldest fashion house in the world, she was way ahead of Ralph Lauren being the first fashion house to really do interior design. This particular blue was Jeanne's favourite after she purportedly saw it in a Fra Angelico fresco during the first decades of the 20th Century. She was truly passionate about colour understanding the magic that colour brings to a garment. She even opened her own dye factory in 1923, dedicated to colour experimentation. Not surprisingly because Mme Lanvin always made use of colour in her work, both pastels and bold colours. She was particularly fond of delicate shades of pinks, and that certain shade of blue which came to be known as “Lanvin Blue.” Since then, the violet-blue colour has become one of the brand’s symbols and is still very prevalent in Lanvin’s collections and packaging today.
They could never just trust that their eye would match the specifiers. It doesn’t matter how good their own ability to distinguish colours, if it’s not what the designer asked for there’s business at stake. An industry standard like Pantone is essential to make sure that everyone is on the same hymn sheet to avoid costly mistakes. The inks they use to print on paper all have codes except for white. There is no reference for white because there is an assumption that the paper is white.
With such a choice is it any wonder choosing colours for homes can be so stressful. Even when home-makers manage the furniture and renovations themselves, colour can be daunting. It is a large field of study in itself. Colours can be warm, cold, toning, complementary, primary, secondary.. the list goes on. Colour wheels abound to help with the question of what ‘goes-with’ what. While helpful it’s just an ABC of colour.
Ultimately colours are very personal. And these colour wheels can’t chart how much you love the colour of Moss with Lily-of-the-Valley because you had it in your bridal bouquet. Or the pink ribbons in your little girl’s hair on her first day at school. Or the colour of your husband’s yellow jumper.
Isn’t it nice to know that someone did ask his designer for his room to match his favourite jumper and the result was a perfect match for his style and home.
If you can choose colours that do the same in your life, then you should.