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Nov 09

5-a-day the fashionable way. Why we should look to vegetables for inspiration this AW12/13.

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It's that time of year when change is afoot in the fashion world, and we pack away those lightweight threads of the summer season and reach for the knitwear, scarves and overcoats in a bid to keep us warm (and stylish) throughout the more wintry months.
The nutrition world shares a similar gear shift as the cold snap ushers in a switch from delicate salads and summer produce to an array of seasonal vegetables better suited to endure this biting climate.

As someone who shares a dual passion for both the fashion and food world I am gradually getting my head round these two seasonal adjustments, and while I was pondering on this subject I started to notice a remarkable coincidence this year. Is it me, or does my vegetable patch bear a striking resemblance to the AW12/13 colour palette? Suddenly it appears I am coordinating more than a pocket square here and a jaunty sock there. I can only conclude that this is one of those happy coincidences and use this fact to promote the benefits of applying seasonal colour both to your wardrobe and to your plate. Taking inspiration from good old Mother Nature here is my ultimate fashion-5-a-day to follow for the next few months.

vegetable colour palette

1. Olympic gold Add a flash of this winning colour to your pocket squares and accessories this season, and you'll be in good company alongside the fashion houses of Cavalli & Marc Jacobs. Look out for the lesser-spotted orange cauliflower, yellow carrot and fresh corn on the cob and you'll be topping up more than your street cred as you chomp away on a healthy dose of antioxidants, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

2. Paraquette orange Glance into the collection by Walter Van Beirendonck and at times you'd be forgiven for thinking you were standing in front of the familiar carrot mound at your local supermarket. Dries Van Noten and Jean Paul Gaultier have all used this intense colour to add a more subtle accent, which would translate perfectly to a stylish suit lining. My top tip, when bringing this colour into the kitchen is to look for organic carrots with their leaves still attached. They taste every bit as intense as their electric hue unlike the all-too-common bland taste of the everyday  budget alternative. No blandness here, please!

3. Moss Greens - Raf Simons and Iceberg have taken 'getting your greens' to a whole new level this season. You'll be bang on trend as you tuck into a plate of sautéed cavolo nero, kale or winter greens. Incorporate these rich green tones into your sartorial shopping list and you'll be in tune with the seasons in more ways than one.

vegetable colour palette


4. Bordeaux red - Some may suggest that red wine had a slight influence here, but I prefer to think that D&G, Gucci, Missoni and Acne (to name a few) were channeling their inner red cabbage as they compiled their AW12/13 collections. This colour really is a must for the season. Style out your supper by adding purple sprouts, beetroot and red cabbage, and the odd glass of red wine of course (in moderation)!

5. Combine for maximum effect No seasonal vegetable could be more stylish than the purple carrot. Encased in a deep red outer layer with striking orange core, this would have been a perfect snack for the Kenzo models backstage at Paris fashion week. Be sure to translate this extravagant colour combination to your wardrobe while hunting down the ultimate in fashionable vegetables.

Feel free to drop me a tweet @pagetandcoles with any questions and I'll make sure I answer these in my next post. 'Til next time.

Stay smart, stay healthy!

Tomm Coles is a Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultant at Paget & Coles, 10 Harley Street, London

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