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Green isn't just hot for St. Patrick's Day

'Difficult color, green."

Rent the Oscar-winning film "Gosford Park," and you'll catch Maggie Smith, as a snooty old grande dame, making that disparaging remark about a woman dressed in green. The line was an ad-lib, delivered in her typically dry, comic manner. Yet, as it turns out, so wrong.

Designers, who've been hot for the color for a few seasons now, are offering up a jungle's worth of unusual green shades this spring, from mint, lemongrass and teal to turquoise and dark bottle green.

And then there's kelly, a color you're bound to see a lot of today on Irish folks and St. Patrick's Day lovers of all ethnic stripes.

Tommy Hilfiger thinks the shade's a classic. "Green is quintessential preppy with a pop," he told The Associated Press. "It's a familiar favorite that everyone loves to wear. And right now with the military trend, green is popping up more than ever."

So clearly there's no need to restrict the greenery to just one day a year. With so much to choose from, Long Islanders might just find ourselves living on a new Emerald Isle.

PHOTOS: Green fashions

Goddesses in green

Actresses have turned the red carpet green this awards season, especially at the Golden Globes, where a number of A-listers wore the color.

Among them: Sigourney Weaver in emerald Hervé Leroux; Marion Cotillard, bottle green satin Christian Dior; Amy Adams, dark green Carolina Herrera; Gabourey Sidibe, bright, billowy Kevan Hall.

At the Oscars, Samantha Harris wore emerald Ina Soltani and Amanda Seyfried ditched her billowy Armani for a jade Valentino mini for the Vanity Fair party.

Lady Gaga performed at the 2010 Grammys in a sparkly green leotard and Lea Michele of "Glee" went to the SAG Awards in a kelly, deep-V Malandrino.

PHOTOS: Green fashions


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