SW - ArtPROJNFavHue2011
Originally published in STIR®
While 2011 will see renewed optimism regarding the economy, classic hues will still remain strong.

I believe Indigo Batik (SW 7602) can represent many personas. However, to me, the driving influence behind this tried-and-true dark denim color is the hardworking people of our country's past, present and future.

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We can't ignore Levi Strauss and Wrangler and their impact on fashion for the working class, and how our blue jean nation has so swiftly and pervasively evolved.

Denim is so much a part of our current culture – coincidentally, both as a high-fashion status symbol and as an iconic representation of our casual society. Whether the color is a rich, sumptuous, deep indigo bordering on black or a weathered, creased blue that's softened and faded with time and the elements, denim hues will play an important role in 2011.

Nor is Indigo Batik's influence confined solely to the U.S.: The increasingly popular ethnic batik and ikat prints frequently have deep blue infused in their patterns. And could the upcoming "blue blood" royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton also play a role in the popularity of this rich, resolute hue?