In light of the ongoing universal recognition of ‘going green,’ I pay tribute to this colour. I have always favoured green hues, since I was a child. Subliminally, it could be my fascination with nature, the lushness of the rainforests or simply an overall appreciation for the environment. In spite of these accolades of green, a nefarious ditty comes to mind – “Green, green, you’re a queen, servants feed you gasoline!” Not as popular as the uplifting “Blue blue, God loves you,” but quite symptomatic of an anti-monarchist sentiment, in post-colonial societies. Then, there was the ubiquitous “green with envy” which spoke to that insipid covetous nature of which we always seem to accuse each other. So, as I grew older there evolved a darker Machiavellian tenor to this naturally empowering shade. All in all, the colour green possesses individuality, intrigue and intensity which completely appeal to our regional fashion sensibility.
With the internationally accepted meaning for ‘Going green’ – ‘to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations’ -, it seems that my innocent, naive interpretations were almost prophetic. However, let’s acknowledge that the study of green has led to multifarious labels that make this saturation, all the more, compelling, within the creative realm.
I am completely in favour of independent preferences for colour use, yet I still wish to identify some persuasions, from of our metropolitan arbiters, with respect to the trending fashion colours of the upcoming dawn of the new decade. With Chive seen as an influential hue, particularly due to its being a savory and herbal green, we appreciate that this colour does impart a healthy and restorative harmony, certainly prescribing a ‘going green’ bidding. Then there is Biscay green, an aqua shade connected to cleansing waters, promoting cooling and refreshing energy. Again, testimony to the therapeutic inclination of eco-friendly forward-thinking. And finally, Neo-mint, a label of the modern colour terminology, which embodies a cutting edge attitude and an almost utopian optimism, as events such as the Tokyo’s Olympics and NASA’s Mars Rover bring the future to the present. However, we, with our Carnivalesque flair, are not solely limited to these extra-regional recommendations.
Yes, our idiosyncratic choices favour avocado green, Iguana green, moss green, lime green and even bottle green. These qualifying terms seem to be more relevant options within our Caribbean context and appear more fitting to ‘green earth’ philosophies, within our tropical domain. Another extenuating factor in the move towards a penchant for the inclusion of a green palette, next year, is the observation of 2020 as the United Nations Year of Plant Health, capping off the decade of biodiversity. Evidently, this botanical sway is affirming a green light on this colour which spiritually affects our ability to express unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion. As a result, our style would be coloured, however implicitly, by whatever the prevailing ethos dictates.
The variations of green are manifold. From the familiar and quixotic idioms – ‘green as grass’ and ‘green-eyed monster’, green still remains perennially symbolic and magnetic. For, in spite of trending colour schemes, with its post-modern incarnations – Cadmium Green, Spanish Green and Malachite Green, we are inclined to expostulate, even within the fashion industry, that we are simply ‘going green’.