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Arctic blue? That’s so yesterday…

Color Forecast relies on high-speed digital cameras placed in strategic fashion centers in Paris, Milan, and Antwerp to capture data 24/7 on what the cognescenti are wearing… that data is fed into a piece of color-tracking software written by Pedro Miguel Cruz… then played back in the form depicted above– all to help one avoid appearing in public in a passe pastel.  In the end, it’s a shill for a clothing chain called Pimkie…  still, it’s all about au courant.

[TotH to Wired]

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As we celebrate contemporaneity, we might send beautiful birthday greetings to English fashion model April Ashley; remembered for her spreads in fashion bibles like Vogue (as photographed by the likes of David Bailey)– and for being the first British person publicly outed as a transsexual– she was born (Tony Jamieson) on this date in 1935, and joined the Merchant Marine at 14.  By the 50s, she’d moved to Paris and become a successful drag performer; then in 1960, she visited Morocco to have reassignment surgery.  On returning to London later that year, Ashley took up modeling, and was an immediate success… which lasted until she was outed by the Sunday People in 1961.  During her brief stint in the limelight, April won a part in the Hope-Crosby comedy Road to Hong Kong; her credit was dropped after her history was made public.

In 2005, after the passage of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, Ashley was finally legally recognised as a female and issued with a new birth certificate.

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April 25, 2012 at 1:01 am

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