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Blue Planet: 9 Ways to Embrace the Indigo Trend

The New-Age Navy
Blue Planet: 9 Ways to Embrace the Indigo Trend
It started with indigo. Denim fetishists in Japan began dipping more than just jeans in the dye, and before you knew it, their obsession spidered worldwide. Then cerulean-headed girls hit the streets, textile and leather factories turned the dials to electric navy, and lately it feels like the whole world has entered its blue period.
By AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
Courtesy of Hermès
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    The New-Age Navy
    The New-Age Navy
    Instead of the same old navy fabrics, mills across Europe have eased into brighter shades. Such design houses as Hermès and Brunello Cucinelli can’t get enough of them. 
    Courtesy of Hermès
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    Royal Shades
    Royal Shades
    Blue-mirrored lenses are making classic frames like these Ray-Bans ($125) even cooler. 
    Courtesy of Ray Ban
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    What Pantone Number is Your Hair?
    What Pantone Number is Your Hair?
    A year after the release of breakout French film Blue Is the Warmest Color, we’re still seeing edgy girls in big cities like New York adopting the bold ’do of actress Léa Seydoux. 
    Sundance Selects
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    Good Luck!
    Good Luck!
    Since ancient times, the Turks have believed the blue-eyed nazar motif, now trending among ceramicists and jewelers, wards off evil. Markets in Istanbul sell nazar beads to hang around your neck, above your home’s door, or on your rearview mirror. Workaday bowl $58
    Jeffrey Cross
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    Dye Hard
    Dye Hard
    Tokyo trendsetters are so into clothes dyed with indigo, you can find entire stores devoted to the inky hue, including Blue & White (pictured). Now stateside designers are giving everything from pocket squares to shirts the same indigo treatment. 
    Julia Cosgrove
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    Deep-Blue Dipping
    Deep-Blue Dipping
    The Japanese dip items in indigo up to 40 times to get the color just right. We love the indigo-dipped look of this You Must Create Blouse ($209). 
    Raymond Patrick
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    Blue Suede News
    Blue Suede News
    The biggest leather factories in the world, in Italy and Brazil, are now producing cobalt leather, which explains why high-end woven bracelets and asymmetric pouches like this one from Otaat Myers Collective keep popping up. 
    Courtesy of Of a Kind
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    This Scent is Even Named Blue
    This Scent is Even Named Blue
    Actually Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna, to be exact. The latest from Acqua di Parma ($98), a fresh, spicy mix, riffs on the coastal sage, juniper, and crystal-clear seas of Sardinia’s Cala Coticcio (pictured).

    Flickr user decadence
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    Midnight in Basel
    Midnight in Basel
    At this season’s Baselworld, a gathering of world-renowned watchmakers in Switzerland, midnight blue watches, such as this Tag Heuer Aquaracer ($2,950), made a big splash. 
    Courtesy of Tag Heuer