Neutral ≠ Impartial: About Face

About-Face

 noun \ə-ˈbat-ˈfās\

: the act of turning to face in the opposite direction

: a complete change of attitude or opinion

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I simply must say – sometimes, opposites don't attract. Sometimes they compliment, sometimes they revolt each other... For me, when speaking of neutrals [or at least, living in neutrals only] I found myself feeling turned off. 

It's approximately one month after deciding to say to hell with my neutral project, after returning home from NYFW in September. I lived in neutrals only for roughly 10.5 months, not a full year, really starting in November 2013 after giving myself a buffer of a few months to see if I even really wanted to explore this Neutral Territory concept. I had been longing for quite some time to throw on some pink [thank you Ulla Johnson and Ryan Roche for creating a cult-worthy addiction to my favorite hue!] let alone the rest of the rainbow and started to realize that I had learned the lesson[s] I hoped to achieve through neutral territory... and some I wasn't expecting, either. 

First off, the number one lesson I learned is that color in fact plays a HUGE part in how I relate to the world and my wardrobe. I use color to translate my mood and perspective. I adore the way colors interact through pattern and texture. And with that, I don't feel like myself without at least a smidgen on. Color – in all its glory – is important to me.

The other, less-than-expected lesson I learned is remarkable and humbling and encouraging all in one. My perspective and view and project actually meant something to more than just me. My pursuit to understand myself more became one in which I understood the way my ideas and aesthetics affected those around me. The torrent of comments after my journal post 'Impatient,' for example... They were thoughtful and caring and intellectual and opinionated in a way that left me in awe of my greater collective. I was encouraged to see most everyone feel that my project had come to a conclusion and that I should just do me. And so, I am.  

Another incredible experience and opportunity came through reviewing all the interviews I had done over the last nine months. The creative community I am a part of is VAST. The word community stands out to me, as the reach and breadth between all these talented souls leaves me awed. I had the opportunity to chat with 36 different creatives and get their take on a world of neutrality. Ultimately, we confirmed "neutral" means something different to everyone, and everyone finds them important.

I suppose what I am left with is a deeper question: what now? How do I take such an impactful experience into the next chapter? I believe I stumbled across the magic of influence, of inspiring others to think about things differently and a confidence in my creativity that was very much needed. So how exactly do I take Neutral Territory in another direction? Not to mention what seemed most important in sharing with you my processes and experience? 

Now, a year after moving across the country, landing my dream job [I just got promoted to the Womenswear Director of Fashion for Pendleton] and getting married to a wonderful man who encouraged me to start Neutral Territory last fall and finding a home of my own to remodel and nest in... Neutral Territory is a place for me to just be me. But still, I must ask – what would you all like to see from me, here? And what meant the most to you in following along the way?

This may be a complete 180 – we'll see. My attitude has certainly changed.