Astrologist Susan Miller is the mother of a fashion designer, has been lending her expertise to fashion glossies for years, and the whole fashion world seems generally obsessed with astrology for some reason. Thus, it was only a matter of time before she did a collaboration with an actual fashion brand.
Calypso tapped Miller to collaborate on a collection of cashmere sweaters that come in 13 colors, each of which Miller has linked to a color aura.
Confused? So were we. So, we called Miller and asked her to explain exactly what a color aura is, and how it works on sweaters.
“A lot of people feel that they get their personality characteristics from the constellations, but that’s not true, they get it from the planet that rules that sign,” Miller explained. “So, for [me, Dhani, a Scorpio], we would look to Pluto for colors, gems, flowers. We look to the time the person was born for an idea of what nature tells us at that time of the year. So for example, when you were born, chrysanthemums come out and different flowers than say, a Taurus who was born in May.”
Basically, that results in there being colors associated with signs and personality traits. And, if you want to bring another sign’s traits into your personality for any given situation, you can do that by wearing a certain color.
Each sweater comes with a color wheel that shows which color corresponds to which traits. For instance, under “Cayenne,” the ruling planet is Mars and the characteristics are competitive, passionate, courageous, and energetic. Pink is supposed to make you fun-loving and magnetic. Miller told me she recently wore a pink scarf (from Calypso) and suddenly commanded the attention of men everywhere she went. “I come in and my doorman says, ‘Wow, you look beautiful!’ This is a doorman who’s never said more than, ‘Do you want me to buzz you in?’ You always know you’re wearing the right thing if your cab driver and your doorman says something.”
She acknowledges that there are skeptics: “I have to say, before you scoff at it, you have to try it, it does have merit.”
The collaboration is pegged to New Year’s, so you can pick the color that is most likely to help you achieve your 2013 goals. “By wearing a color, it reinforces, ‘I really want to do this,’” says Miller. “I also feel that you can’t just make a goal happen just by wishing it. In astrology, we know we have to do something. We have to show our intent. If something’s important to you, you pick that and wear that color associated with that. Every time you look at it, you remember, I really want this; I really don’t want my life to go on the way it has.”
In addition to this being Miller’s first fashion collaboration, it’s her first time working with her daughter, Chrissie Miller, who used to design the label Sophomore, and who created the two-sided hangtag that comes attached to each sweater. “I’m really close to both my daughters and any time I get a chance to be with Chrissie it makes me happy. Actually, she lost power because she’s in lower Manhattan, so she had to live with me for a week and it was like winning a contest; I loved it. For me, the blackout was a positive thing.”
So it’s safe to say it’s something she wouldn’t mind doing again–working with Chrissie or working with Calypso. “I would like to do more with Calypso,” she said. “I would like to do something for Mother’s Day.”
Maybe the stars will align and it will happen.