Even its name, Hemlock, references the poisonous perennial that - as I'm sure Socrates would agree - has connotations which are less than cozy and cocoon'y. (image)
Part of a palette inspired by a mix of "blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women," according to Pantone's Queen of Color, Leatrice Eiseman, expect to see this sweatproof shade continue to trend into Summer 2015 as designers employ color "to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom."
The Trend Council is showing Hemlock as a touch creamier but just as cool - literally & figuratively - for Summer 2015, leaning more toward the ice-cream end of the spectrum in delectable pistachio!
...pistachios....mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....may I offer you one (or five) divine pistachio macarons from Ladurée?
essie has this sugary Hemlock polish - crème de menthe mint candy apple- which, despite its sweet-looking exterior, bites back a bit...thankfully!
To incorporate Hemlock or Pistachio into your decor, try it on a single wall with touches of black and white. Then accessorize with a rich bronzey-gold the way Todd Klein has here. He selected a particularly fabulous shade from Fine Paints of Europe called Vreeland Mint:
(photo by Simon Watson - source)
A current obsession of mine is the GORGOUS Hemlock-green vintage 280 SEL 4.5 Mercedes-Benz driven by Vera Famiga in her role as Norman's loony, hemlocky mom, Norma, in A&E's awesomely addictive soap opera, Bates Motel.
The Death of Socrates (oil on canvas) by Jacques-Louis David, 1787; in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
And in case you've wondered what hemlock actually looks like, may I present what could pass for fennel, or perhaps anise or chervil. But be not deceived as it's the non-edible branch of the parsley fam: Conium, aka Poison Hemlock. (image)
Despite its innocuous resemblance to Queen Anne's lace (wild carrot), EVERY part of the hemlock plant is highly-toxic. The tell? Look for purple mottling along the hairless stem, aka the "blood of Socrates." Just sayin'.
- Lesley Scott