Courtesy of Soap

David Zyla, Emmy Award Winning Fashion Desginer, Author, and Color expert paid a visit to the AllStars Project on July 8,2010.  He led a workshop titled Color of Style, with a group of young people from the various programs of the AllStars Project.  Zyla recently (6/25) was awarded an Emmy for his Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design on ABC’s All my Children.

Zyla has a very interesting philosophy on color & fashion. He feels it is not our place to judge people and their fashion but that people should want to bring the best of themselves and who they are out and hopefully in reading his book, “The Color of Style” you will understand just how to do that. Fashion is tricky and finding what is right for you can be a challenge as well, but Zyla feels there are 8 basic colors that you have in order to bring out the best in you with your choice in clothing.

To know more visit his website at but here’s a snippet from his site:

"The Colors Dude The Colors!" (Courtesy of Lukas Studio Oil)

“You have 8 basic colors. Here’s what they are.
And here’s how to find them.


Essence: Your vulnerable color, your version of white, a skin tone that harmonizes the colors in the palm of your hand

Romantic: Your passion color, your version of red found by gently pinching a fingertip—or the color of when you blush

Dramatic: Your “loo

k at me” color, your version of blue, found in the color of the veins in your wrist

Energy: The color that supports you when you need a pick me up, taken from the darkest part of y

our iris (but not the ring around the iris)

Tranquil: Your peaceful color, taken from the lightest part of your iris


First base, formal, your version of black, taken from the ring around your iris

Second base, less formal but still serious, your version of brown, taken

from the darkest part of your hair [tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair]

Third base, casual, your version of khaki, taken from the lightest part of your hair (tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair)

David Zyla will teach readers when to wear each color and how to use the system to attract love, enhance power, make an impression and more.”

People are canvases that we bring out with color…

Far Left : Pam Lewis, Director of Youth Programs. Center: David Zyla , AllStars Youth

Many of the young people in the room are embarking on internships or are already in their summer internships and probed Mr.Zyla with endless questions on the “appropriateness” of office attire in this dreadful summer heat. ( ie: What is too muc? what colors might work/not work? Casual Fridays?!) They also even asked him how does he feel the notion of “Performance” has played a role in his career. Being a Performance based model program, the AllStars Project believes the notion of performance surely helps develop and grow young people. I think Mr.Zyla agrees… he said that his theatre background contiously helps him in many aspects of his fashion work today!

David Zyla and Celitheactress

I made sure at the end of the presentation I thanked Mr.Zyla for taking out the time to come talk to us and share with us his philosophy on color and style. It was great to see someone who works in such a judgmental business like fashion be so humble, down to earth and personable.  You gave so much in his presentation and really brought forth the best of who he is!


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3 responses »

  1. Nicole says:

    Wow! I never heard of this guy before, but as soon as you said that he was a “Color expert,” I wanted to know so much more. It’s crazy that you’re writing this post because I’ve been wondering what MY color is for some time.

    I mean, I know what colors I look good in, but I more interested to find out what colors enhance power, attract love, etc.

    Adding this book to my summer reading list && you, missy, did a great job on this post! Keep up the grind in the Big Apple– I WANNA SEE THAT NAME IN LIGHTS, HONEY :]

  2. found his color break down interesting…has he studied color in more than just styling clothes?

    So proud of you Celi. Do your thing lady!

  3. Brn Skn says:

    meant to reply under Brn Skn not The R’ebel Mag…oops lol

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