The much anticipated early December
announcement pronouncement has come; Ultra Violet, a deep, blue-purple shade is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 .
Purple, it must be said, can be polarizing. Research from a myriad of market researchers and assorted color scientists (yes, color scientists are a thing) show that while men tend to dislike the hue, women have a clear propensity for purple. Hence we can assume there may be some disaccord along gender lines when it comes to Ultra Violet, however, early reaction has been surprisingly positive. It’s been referred to as counterculture… but also as regal… both in the same blurb. That might say something about its eventual universality.
In any case I can already testify to the fact that Ultra Violet lends itself very well to fairway fashion, and I look forward to seeing a lot Continue reading “Pantone Color Of The Year 2018 & Ultra Violet Golf Fashion”
It’s an iconic combination to be sure, with red representing hardiness and valor, while white evokes purity and innocence. Then there’s blue, for vigilance and justice.
That explanation makes it’s easy to understand why the red, white and blue color palette is so powerful.
Here in the US, where flags fly proudly throughout the year, there’s a special place for the patriotic color scheme in summer. From Memorial Day at the end of May to Labor Day in early September our streets, homes and public buildings are resplendent in red, white and blue.
So, heading into the Independence Day weekend, it’s a perfect time to show your colors on the golf course. With so many stellar designers doing golf apparel these days, the choices are endless. Happy 4th of July.
|SUMMERTIME GOLF, LAST WEEK AT RICHTER PARK|
All of a sudden… we’re half way through summer.
For those of us in “continental” climate zones this is the heart of golf’s high season… and here in the northeastern United States, the season’s been pretty sublime so far; lots of warm, sunny days with uncharacteristically low humidity.
I suspect I’m not alone in feeling a tinge of regret for not having played more these past few weeks… that sentiment seems to be a yearly ritual among the recreational golfers I know. Now comes the yearly commitment to get out there much more often during summer’s second half. Well, I’m on it! Despite the ill-timed heat wave due to descend upon us this weekend.
|OK, CALL ME CRAZY – MY GROWING COLLECTION OF VINTAGE GOLF SHOES|
In addition to playing lots more golf, I intend to get back to writing
It was almost three years ago, back in the summer of 2011, that Pinehurst Resort and the USGA presented the logos for this year’s US Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships. The men’s logo features the whimsical “Golf Lad” with his oversized bucket hat and hanging suspenders, while the women’s logo stars the state bird of North Carolina, a bright red Cardinal.
2014 seemed so far off back then, and the history-making prospect of back-to-back men’s and women’s U.S. Opens, at a single venue, was still somewhat abstract.
Flash forward to now, as the unprecedented joint get’s underway, and everything comes into focus. The course, Pinehurst No. 2, has a championship golf legacy that makes it a perfect choice for this historic U.S. Open doubleheader. Over the years, it’s hosted the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and a couple of U.S. Opens… as well as the most prestigious senior and amateur events. Meanwhile the village of Pinehurst has become a destination for travelers seeking stellar golf in a historic setting that also offers excellent dining, cultural and shopping experiences.
On that last note, let’s get back to those logos. What I didn’t mention was that a separate “joint logo” was created, in addition to the two logos described above. Designed by renowned U.S. Open artist Lee Wybranski, it artfully combines elements of the men’s and women’s logo to commemorate the consecutive championships. Featuring the two trophies, side by side, “Golf Lad’s” floppy hat sits jauntily on the men’s cup while the Cardinal perches precariously on the women’s, this dual logo whimsically represents the historic melding of the two events.
Those attending the tournaments will find all three logos well represented in the merchandise pavilion, on a wide variety of apparel and accessories. And for those who can’t make it to Pinehurst, USGAshop.com offers an expansive array of items featuring each of the three logos… the a perfect way for anyone to own a small piece of golf history.
|Like Michelle Wie, You May Want to Supersize Your Golf Visor this Summer © Golf Girl Media|
An exciting Sunday at the season's first major and a win last week in her native Hawaii have put LPGA superstar Michelle Wie firmly back into the spotlight, and in addition to her brilliant on-course abilities, fans are collectively getting reacquainted with her distinctive fashion sense.
On the golf course, Wie has been wearing Nike since… well… since she turned pro in 2005, at age 15. Unusually tall and long-of-limb, the precocious phenom made every outfit look exceptional. She regularly made the "best-dressed female golfer" lists that appeared in blogs and magazines. Off course, at dinners and galas, she wore gowns by trendy young designers… and, while a student at Stamford, Wie actually dabbled in fashion design herself, documenting innovative DIY designs in a blog she kept at the time. MORE –>
Several years ago a familiar feline began to appear on the fairways and greens of the world's golf courses. The diminutive bobtail cat was already famous… a fixture on everything from toys and accessories to school supplies and stationery items.
Kitty White, the cat behind Hello Kitty is one of the world's most recognizable… and lucrative… branded characters. An ultra-basic design… her eyes are simple black dots and she doesn't even have a mouth… allows her to resonate with consumers across the globe.
Her unabashed "cuteness" first charmed children then transcended to teens before celebrities, designers… and a new breed of pink-possessed girly girls… made Hello Kitty a pop-culture phenomenon embraced by many different demographics. Hence her association with household appliances, motor vehicles and a surprising array of food products. It was inevitable she'd find her way onto a golf course eventually, and she did. Currently, an image search for Hello Kitty golf will produce a plethora of predominantly pink products. Virtually anything one might need to practice the sport, is available emblazoned with the now iconic logo.
Since she first appeared on a small vinyl change purse in 1974, Japanese company Sanrio has created tens of thousands of Hello Kitty products and licensed her image to hundreds of firms around the world. The only boundary, being that the iconic kitten would not do anything that might upset mothers and wives, such as holding a gun or drinking spirits. READ MORE —>
|Merion-Inspired Red Wicker Bags via TheGolfGirl on Polyvore|
When you’re universally known as the “toughest test in golf”, you’ve clearly got a reputation to uphold.
Each year the US Open attempts to ensure its fierce singularity with a shifting roster of venues and a wide variety of course set-ups.
Firm greens, narrow fairways and unforgiving rough are among the arsenal put into play to have players confronting a formidable adversary time and again.
It can all seem a bit… well… draconian, and when the whole “small offences/heavy punishments” thing becomes wearying, it’s got to be nice to have an element of lightness and whimsicality to focus on. This year, at moist, marshy Merion Golf Club, the whimsical element comes in the form of wicker basket. Eighteen of them to be exact. They come in both red and orange, and sit atop the steel pin at each hole on the historic East Course, replacing the more conventional cloth drapeau. The “wickers” provoke an endless stream of commentary and a general sense of … well something like wonderment. There are several theories as to how Merion came to favor these iconic woven “standards”. The New York Times’ Bill Pennington explores a couple of them in his article on the topic and James Achenbach provides additional details in his informative GolfWeek story.
I won’t be surprised to see a few weekend spectators accessorizing their gallery garb with some red woven whimsy. I, for one, feel that would be a stellar style statement for the 113th US Open.
Kristen Stewart July 20, 2012. Credit: Sasha-kmm/X17online.com
Kristen Stewart made $34.5 million last year, which according to Forbes magazine, makes her the highest paid actress in Hollywood.
As Bella in the Twilight movies her style is distinctly low maintenance, while the Florabotanica campaign for Balenciaga highlights a more sophisticated side of the girl known as KStew. The fine line between Grunge and Glam.
Well, a couple of days ago, the popular actress was spotted on a golf course, and there, grunge clearly won out… in the form of a baggy T-shirt (said to belong to boyfriend Robert Pattinson) and cut off khaki shorts that revealed freakishly white legs. It’s an outfit that might well come under scrutiny at the average country club, but it seemed to work for the mega-starlett.
The star wore the wayfarer type sunglasses and unkemptish hair she’s known for, but what was most distinctive about her look was the footwear: Ms. Stewart was sporting what looked like Vibram Five Fingers. A shoe style we first wrote about when Oliver Wilson tried them out at the 2010 Dubai World Championship. Definitely one of the edgier shoe styles out there.
Kristen was playing with her father, John, who bears a slight resemblance to a certain well known LPGA golf dad. John Stewart, it turns out, is a stage manager/producer for none other than George Lopez, a celebu-golfer if ever there was one. Lopez (and Golfsmith) gifted the winsome Twilight star with a full set of clubs on a recent episode of Lopez Tonight.
More photos of Kristen Stewart’s golf style… and her golf swing… can be found on X17.
Diamonds… are a girl’s best friend.
We know that much from the movie and the song… and myriad commercials. Well it seems guys are into them too… only not the sparkly kind. The diamonds showing up on the fairways and greens of Royal Lytham and St. Annes are the warm, wooly kind.
|Miles of Argyle at the 2012 Open Championship – Photos – Getty Images Europe|
First round leader Adam Scott wore some impressive argyle on Friday. Not a sweater in the classic sense, but something the handsome Aussie refers to as a “zip neck jumper”. In any case there’ll undoubtedly be numerous inquiries on its origins and availability in the days to come, because Mr. Scott could wear a bin bag and guys would want to buy it. Aspirational marketing at its most effective.
Japanese golfer Tadahiro Takayama clearly wins in the “whimsical argyle” category. His argyle sweater featured a particularly delightful shade of pink that caught the eye of many. He wore it with jeans too, adding a working-class, renegade touch to what would otherwise be an ultra-preppy look. At least I’m guessing that’s what he was going for.
Keegan Bradley’s argyle complemented his icy blue eyes, a blue that was probably not reflected in the rain-filled pot bunker that gave him trouble at the 15th on Friday.
There were many others sporting some form of the diamond pattern and I can only imagine… and hope… that the weekend will bring additional argyle sightings.
A couple of weeks ago I told you about Noshember… the creative November beard-growing challenge. No Shave November = Noshember.
Anyone who’s been watching the Presidents’s Cup these last few days has seen some great golf played out on the treacherous fairways of Royal Melbourne. Stylistically speaking, the uniforms haven’t received much attention … but there’s one particular style statement does have people talking: Australian golf Geoff Ogilvy’s “Movember moment”. The normally clean-shaven Aussie golfers is currently sporting a prodigious mustache. Some like it, some loath it but it’s definitely getting attention.
Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images North America
Yesterday’s playoff victory at Pinnacle Rock was just one more sign: Yani Tseng’s LPGA dominance is incontrovertible, unambiguous and actual.
Ten career victories, five majors by age 22, money milestones, POY honors and quantifiable uber-consistency… these are some of the highly visible results of Yani’s stellar game.
But lets get really
If I could create a silk scarf, with a golf theme… it would look a lot like this. Hot pink and turquoise…lots of flowers and whimsically rendered little golf things. Oh, and in theory it’s also available in a navy/pearl gray combination. In case the pink/turquoise makes you want to thow up or something. is too girly for you.
The thing is, these scarfs were once available at the French
Less than a week ago Rory McIlroy was just another young gun. An ultra-talented players who might someday win a major… or two. But that all changed when we won 2011 The US Open… breaking several records and impressing even those who hadn’t warmed up to him.
And now there’s a Donkey Tee in his honor.
Less than a week ago Rory McIlroy was just another young gun. An ultra-talented players who might someday win a major… or two. But that all changed when he won the 2011 US Open… breaking several records and impressing even those who hadn’t quite warmed up to him.
And now there’s a Donkey Tee in his honor.