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Secrets of color power

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June 10, 2010|By Diana Olson

Part 2 This week and next I'll wrap up an interview a graduate student, Ivan Iannoli, held with me recently. Iannoli is completing his master of fine arts degree in photography at UCLA and posed several questions to me. Last week I printed the first portion of the interview.


Q. If I'm surrounded by the "right" colors, that is, the colors that best suit me, how might my life be different than if I were surrounded by the wrong, or inappropriate colors? The right colors are supportive, not dominant, and highlight a person's eyes, skin, hair, bone structure and energy intensity. All clothing in one's closet can easily be coordinated together. Fewer items of clothing will be needed. The wrong colors can create stress on others and become barriers to communication. The wrong colors can add weight and age. For example, black is a fashion color but should be reserved for one with black hair as it will complement the hair, skin and eyes. Otherwise, it can be aging and accentuate lines in the face. Wearing the correct colors generates a feeling of harmony resulting in an accurate and positive self-image while increasing self-esteem and confidence.

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Q. One component of your image consulting work seems focused on helping your clients find and wear the right attire. My understanding from reading the materials on your site is that you believe the clothing/exterior should be an extension of energy/interior of the individual. How do you identify somebody's energy or individuality? How do you make that connection? And why is color the best way to convey this individualized, interior state? Yes, clothing represents the outer expression of one's inner harmony. Before I work with anyone, I have them take a validated personality assessment created by Dr. Larry Craft, president of Craft Systems, who has administered the CPP (Comprehensive Personality Profile) to thousands of employees to determine, among other things, their energy intensity. I also have clients ask three people who know them well to write ten positive descriptive words about them. These 30 words become a gift as they journey toward celebrating their uniqueness.

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