Amy Adams, photographed last night at an intimate dinner to celebrate the opening of Max Mara’s new London flagship store looked stunning in er, camel. Ms. Adams, wearing the iconic Manuela wrap coat, dusty pink sheath dress with see-through neckline and carrying a nude handbag, all by Max Mara, looked exactly like every woman dreams of looking on a first dinner date with the person of their dreams. Her sparkling shoes may be Louboutin or Jimmy Choo, who cares? They are perfect.
Much is written about the power of luxurious, neutral colors. They can look amazing, as seen on Ms. Adams here, as long as the fabric is ultra-luxurious. Camel beige is a hue requiring the sheen of pure cashmere or silk to look it’s best and most flattering and when it works, it really works. In a less than perfect fabric, the effect borders on drab, the actual color is very dull. No-one would choose it for a cushion cover or wallpaper tone. It is also a color to be worn as an accentuating tone for other shades. The point is not the actual camel garment itself but the items around it. Ms. Adam’s pink dress takes on a sexy, creamy, lush appearance here, would it look as good beneath black or white? Possibly not.
Michael Kors has made camel his signature shade, but Calvin Klein is also a master. There is something very American about the color, it quietly radiates an air of relaxed, easy luxury. Any one can wear it and feel pulled together, sporty, gorgeous and chic. See our slide show for a celebration of luxe, creamy camel.