Purple State, Pink State

Color Therapy

I was sitting in my local watering hole watching the news and something hit me full force that's been on my back burner for a while — men in politics now wear pink ties.
And I mean Republican men: moose hunting, meat eating, Bible thumping, one-percent men. All have been photographed this past news cycles in pink ties, lilac ties, coral ties and purple ties. When did this happen? Rick, what were you thinking?

I know that grand dame Elizabeth Taylor was told she couldn't wear her favorite violet-colored dresses on the campaign trail in the 70s with John Warner. It simply wasn't considered American enough. And remember when Ralph Lauren started pushing pink golf shirts on the masses in the early 80s? When I was in high school, it was considered "swishy," unless you could put it over as New Wave. When did this change?

If I had to guess, it was with the rise of the metro-sexual; but really, with the internet. Every single person has unlimited access to unbridled glamour. I bet every one of these politicians has a stylist and a consultant to make sure they don't look like a dork when their next YouTube video goes viral.

But perhaps this could also be the new rise of the Independent--not Red State or Blue State but something soft and delicate. Doesn't that somehow suddenly seem refreshing.

Just for fun, if I must somehow turn all of this into something on interiors, let's use our Photoshop color pickers to create a new inspirational room. I call this one Boehner Regency.

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(Images: photo-collages 1, 2:Mark Chamberlain)

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