Okay, I’m going to attempt to answer the brown question . . . could it be the J. Crew effect? My teen-aged daughters shop there, and chocolate brown seemed to sell well there. Of course, that wouldn’t explain brown’s popularity in Gotham. Perhaps it really does have something to do with a tan.
Sart, I was just looking at the Fashion & Style section of tomorrow’s NYT and Bill Cunningham’s photo spread. The subject is streets filled with black, of course, and brown, which was very fashionable in the 1930′s.
speaking as a redhead, i love the brown phenomenon. i’d also like to mention that brown doesn’t just complement tans, it also complements the slight ‘burnishing’ and additional freckling that passes for tans among we MC1R-recessive folk….