Maybe it’s because Nuva is supporting two promising designers in London Fashion Week that my thoughts are turning to spring fashion colours. We’re backing Teatum Jones and Sharon Wauchob this year in the shows, two designers whose work I love. It’s nice to see light, bright and natural shades in their collections, taking the place of all that winter grey and black. At long last, the season is changing. That means more time spent in the great outdoors, longer days, and bulbs breaking out through the earth.
According to Pantene’s fashion colour report, one of the colours which will be in this season is Greenery, a vibrant shade of green which is just perfect for spring. Green is the colour of rejuvenation, of life, and of things being reborn. I love the idea of a fresh start at this time of year. In many ways, it’s a better time to give your life a refresh than January. The beginning of the year is still very dark, falls just after Christmas and a lot of people are still tired out and strapped for cash after the festive season. Nature gives us little signs of new beginnings which makes it easier to take this challenge on.
Another reason it is good to get out in nature is that we can forget all about the pressures of day-to-day life. I love leaving my phone at home and going for a walk. We are almost all in contact on social media 24 hours a day, and, frankly, it’s exhausting. Being in transit between home and work, on holiday or relaxing at night are not seen as excuses any more for not being in touch. Studies have shown links between social media and depression and mental health issues in young people. We curate our lives, showing only the most perfect moments, and that can make people feel inadequate. People don’t often share the parts of life which are boring, disappointing or monotonous.
Social media can be addictive, but with a bit of discipline you can learn to ignore it for a while. A useful tip is to take off the notifications on your phone, so you check in when you choose and can get on with life without the constant distractions. Taking apps such as Messenger off your phone is a good idea if you are brave enough. We are used to thinking any contact is urgent, and we must respond immediately, but usually the person can wait a few hours. If it really is an emergency they can call instead.
The great thing about nature is that it is real, and it goes at its own pace. There is a real pleasure in planting and growing things, as they take their sweet old time. It’s relaxing. This is a good lesson in patience for kids, too, especially in today’s world of instant gratification and short attention spans.
In all these ways, greenery is much more than just a fashionable colour for the season. My tip is to get out there and enjoy it – and leave the smartphone in the house if you can.