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The Color Orange

By Janet Bennett
Washingtonpost.com Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2000


When I noticed the mango-colored pansies in upper Georgetown and the multicolored orange tulips in Woodley Park and around Kenwood, it confirmed my suspicion that the color orange is springing up everywhere, and that everything from microwave ovens to mascara is awash in it. If you want to up your coolness quotient this summer, we recommend the following:

Made from recycled rubber, Inflate's waterproof Pod day pack in eye-popping Day-Glo orange ensures that precious cargo, such as your CDs, stay dry whether you're on land or sea. Moreover, it will take some doing for this particular hip bag to ever be misplaced or you, for that matter, when you're wearing it. Available at Apartment Zero for $75.

Close your eyes and you're picknicking in Provence or beach hopping on the Riviera instead of Rehoboth. And all it takes to transport you (Okay, figuratively) is this orange and blue dot straw tote bag ($60) from A Mano's collection of these stylish carryalls. And it's so much cheaper than a trip to France.
1677 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202/298-7200

This shimmering sleeveless orange T-shirt from Vivienne Tam, complete with a sequined bat (sequins are a trend you're likely to see more of), is not for the fashion faint-of-heart. Think Jenna Elfman's sparkly skirt in "Keeping the Faith". This is the summer to simmer and to lose your white T-shirt. FYI: extra sequins included for the haute $185 price tag. And by the way, if you're really hip, be bold, too, and pair this orange T with a hot-pink skirt or shawl. It's from Farinelli.
1007 King St., Alexandria; 703/519-6983

According to Mobili's Susan Larson, orange has always been popular at the contemporary furnishings store in Georgetown, and this Dutch-designed chair ($2,100) from Castor gives lounging about the house a new colorful dimension.
2201 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202/337-2100


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