Kategoriarkiv: David Zyla and the Archetypes

Zyla color theory

“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 — light golden, oyster white
Romantic: Your passion color, your version of red found by gently pinching a fingertip—or the color of when you blush. Dark warm rose. Warm vintage rose. Medium warm brownish rose.

Romantic of course features red. But so does Energy. Or is Energy yellow? It is to me? Yellow meaning creative, curious, intelligent. Why not any version of yellow? Or does yellow belong to version of white? No, that was essence color. Light gold. White: oyster. No: my yellow is Mustard. That should be found in my hair!

Dramatic: Your “look at me” color, your version of blue, found in the color of the veins in your wrist. Teal blue, warm turquoise. Dramatic? Should be black. Version of black!  Maybe blue, then.

What is dramatic about vein colors? They are rather subdued. Turquose, blue, green, lilac? – in any case they ought to1.  be filled in sharply to be enhanced and 2. seriously Darkened to become Dramatic!

Energy: The color that supports you when you need a pick me up, taken from the darkest part of your iris (but not the ring around the iris) Oh, that might be difficult to name just one color: warm grey-green. Teal. Jade! No. Where is the energy in green being a calm color! Energy should be red!

Energy to me is represented by strong, sparkling, vivid colors. Like in my case turquoise, jade and clear green brought out when wearing pumpkin and jade.

Tranquility repr. by  calmer eye colors like sober green, blue, teal. Clothes matching those are dark warm tomato red, denim blue, olive and moss. 

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

Shouldn’t peaceful be a green version color? Anyway:

Light transparent blue, turquoise, warm green, grey. Depending.


First base, formal, your version of black, taken from the ring around your iris . Version of black. Ought to be Dramatic, I think!

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)

Brown and khaki, and olive/moss. What more?


Zyla Archetypes in Pictures

Zyla describes very thoroughly his color theory in the book Color Your Style.

But, alas, the so called Archetypes, he hardly only mentions.
Pairing 24 subseasons of color with as many ”archetypes” – but how are those? Descriptions please!
Being an archetype is being in some special way. But no.
At last, found this on Expressing Your Truth, starring ………………… .
Pictures that at least give an impression of what the diffrent archetypes look like! Am curious about where I might fit in….

Much to my surprise, under the title:

Zyla’s Classic Winter

The Queen
a cool or deep winter

there was this little cutie Spanish princess from the 17th century. My o my, what I see is warmth. How did she end up among the dark haired and cool skinned Winters? She has my hair color. Margarita Teresia of Spain married at 15 to her uncle, the German Roman emperor. Died at 21. Velasques painted many pictures with her as motive. Here she is, painted by Jan Thomas or Jan Thomas van Ieperen (also Jan Thomas van Yperen) How could anyone mistake this young woman for a Winter? Here, anyway, is a real Zyla Classic Winter (dark and cool):  Or is she? Some will have her being a Dark Autumn. Borders are flowing to and through!

Zyla’s Soft Winter

The Romantic Poetess
a soft cool winter — Elisabeth Taylor a renowned representant:   Likewise: Joan Collins.

Zyla’s Dynamic Winter

The Passionate Leader — Are they really all Leaders?!?
a deep winter

Zyla’s Vivid Winter

The Earthy Philosopher
a deep or bright winter

 So a Philosopher kind of woman can only be a Winter?!?

Zyla’s Antique Winter

The Keeper of the Hearth
an even softer winter

 Sorry I do not add names of the actresses, but honestly don’t know them.  When you are to choose an housekeeper for your home, look at the colors of their clothes. Hire the one dressed in cool soft hues!

Zyla’s Playful Winter

The Ballerina
a bright/clear winter —sliding in to the ballet floor,  Come on, which ”ballerina” features does this lady have?!

Here comes Summers à la Zyla. This star, watching for birds? Philosophical? Cannot see her as a ballet dancer. But rather a walzer. Here are also Beyoncé and Grace Kelly. Know their names at least. Scarlet Johansson also a Classic beauty, but not represented in this category.

Zyla’s Jeweltone Summer

The Glamorous Career Girl
cool deep summer — Mind you: all these woman are dying to make a carreer! They sacrifice home and children to become bosses over global companies. One is Andie MacDonald.  Another is…who? Summer. Really?  Light may be too evening-ish but rather Autumn, don’t you think?

Zyla’s Sunset Summer

The Elegant Bohemian
deep clear summer

 I know this actress. E.R. and The good wife. Julianne Marguiles or something like that. Don’t look bohemian to me. Though this woman, NN, might. I can see her as a hippie. 

Zyla’s Dusky Summer

The Earth Mother
soft summer Again, evening light. Not what I call an Earth Mother type.

Zyla’s Renaissance Summer

The Drama Queen
soft summer, nearest to an autumn

Presenting Garbo:  In golden light. But she’s sure a Summer. And a contribution from Rubens. Mark, the model is muscular, not fat!Might, de facto, be a male! We’re soon into Autumn, so the red hair is appropriate.

Zylas Iridescent Summer 
The Mysterious Mermaid
light summer

 Sweet.  And recognizable. But no, her name is a mystery to me.  Now for the Zyla Springs:

Zyla’s Vital Spring

the Prom Queen
clear spring

A desperate housewife? No, a Prom queen!

Zyla’s Early Spring

The Playful Princess
light spring Playful? No, brooding and angry at nobody knows what. Gwyneth Paltrow also represented.

Zyla’s Floral Spring

The Wholesome Flirt
light spring

 Actress to the left has my hair. But my skin, rather the one to the right. Anyway am NOT a ”Wholesome Flirt”. Not any Flirt WhatSoEver!!
Love this Fragonard picture. This is me. But nothing flirtatious about this girl: 

Zyla’s Buoyant Spring

the Life of the Party 

Life of the Party, Prom Queen, Wholesome Flirt, Playful Princess – sounds they are all one and the same type essentially!
 Goldie Hawn is very much a reprensentative for them all!

Zyla’s Mischievous Spring

The Pixie
warm spring

Were I a Spring, would surely choose Mischivous. But Pixie? A pixie cut? Never. Julia Roberts a Spring? Why not Autumn? And is not this woman a Winter?  French landscape matching Warm Spring.

Zyla’s Tawny Spring

The Maverick
warm spring. Could be me. But a Maverick. What is a maverick? Says Free Dictionary:  A person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which he or she belongs. Characterized by or displaying independence of thought and action: a person of independent or unorthodox views.a person who takes a stand independent of others in a group.maverickindependent in behavior or thought; ”she led asomewhat irregular private life”; ”maverick politicians”

unconventionalnot conforming to accepted rules orstandards; ”her unconventional dress and hair style”



1.rebel, radical, dissenting, individualistic, eccentric, heretical, iconoclastic,nonconformist Her maverick behaviour precluded any chance of promotion.
 But this woman’s hairstyle is hardly unique, but rather classic in my opinion. Could have had it myself. Hair color as mine were in younger years. Otherwise, yes, am quite maverick. And Warm Spring too. Or rather between Warm Spring n Warm Autumn.

Autumns of Zyla:

Zyla’s Spicy Autumn

The Sensuous Backpacker
a deep autumn

 Isn’t she clear?

Zyla’s Mellow Autumn

The Sexy Librarian
a soft autumn  Emma Thompson??? Librarian, really? More a Bohemic type, acc to me.

Zyla’s Gamine Autumn

The Stylish Beatnik
soft autumn -Maybe she is: 

Zyla’s Copper Autumn

The High Stakes Gambler
warm metal autumn One of may polar seasons. But am not a high stake gambler, really.

Zyla’s Bronze Autumn

The Divine Diva
deep metal autumn. Sophiiiiiaaaa:   Was she an Autumn from the beginning? Think she was a winter with dark hair she colored red. Her pale pink lipstick not neat on her. Looks sick-ish.

Klimpts mistress: 

Zyla’s High Autumn

The Passionate Impressario
lighter warm autumn

 Could be me, but with redder hair.

Wikipedia: An impresario (from Italian: impresa, meaning ”an enterprise or undertaking”)[1] is a person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays or operas; analogous to an artist manager or a film or television producer. The origin of the term is to be found in the social and economic world of Italian opera, where from the mid-18th century to the 1830s, the impresario was the key figure in the organization of a lyric season.[2] The owners of the theatre, usually noble amateurs, charged the impresario with hiring a composer, for until the 1850s operas on stage were expected to be new, as well as gathering the necessary costumes, sets, orchestra, and singers, all while assuming considerable financial risks. In 1786 Mozart satirized the stress and emotional mayhem in a single-act farce Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario). Antonio Vivaldi was unusual in acting as impresario as well as composer: in 1714 he managed seasons at Teatro San Angelo in Venice, where his operaOrlando finto pazzo was followed by numerous others.

Alessandro Lanari (1787–1852), who began as the owner of a shop that produced costumes, eliminated the middleman in a series of successful seasons he produced for the Teatro La Pergola, Florence, which saw premieres of the first version ofVerdi‘s Macbeth, two of Bellini‘s operas and five of Donizetti‘s, including Lucia di Lammermoor. Domenico Barbaia (1778–1841) began as a café waiter and made a fortune at La Scala in Milan, where he was also in charge of the gambling operation and introduced roulette.



Modern use[edit]

The traditional term is still in use in the entertainment industry for a producer of concerts, tours and other events in music,opera, theatre[3] and even rodeo.[4] Significant modern impresarios in the traditional sense include Thomas Beecham, Rudolf Bing, Sergei Diaghilev, Richard D’Oyly Carte, Fortune Gallo, Sol Hurok, Aaron Richmond, and jazz festival producer George Wein.

Application of term[edit]

The term is occasionally applied to others, such as independent art museum curators[5] and conference organizers,[6] who take a lead role in orchestrating events.

Figurative impresarios[edit]

Jacques-Yves Cousteau said of himself that he was an impresario of scientists[7] as an explorer and filmmaker who worked with scientists in underwater exploration. Nicholas Wade described James D. Watson and E. O. Wilson in The New York Times as impresarios of Charles Darwin‘s works.[8]