“Summer or a fall”

Rory tells Richard he can do a quiz in Cosmopolitan which will tell him whether he is a summer or a fall. Rory is referring to a popular theory of colour analysis, whereby matching those colours which fit a person’s skin tones are divided into the four seasons.

Although colour analysis had been part of fashion and beauty since the 19th century, the theory of linking them with the four seasons came in around the mid-twentieth century. It became prominent in the 1970s, and was most popular during the 1980s.

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