I’ve noticed a funny thing happening to color lately. Fashion designers are playing with it, fashionable ladies are experimenting with it, and I…well I just really want to wear it!
The interesting thing about color right now is that it’s not about what colors are â€œinâ€? this summer and what others will be hip this fall. Instead, the fall ready-to-wear collections showcased some of the most peculiar, yet breathtaking landscapes I’ve seen in a long time. The new â€œinâ€? color is actually to mix colors, and in the process, create a strong style that’s not possible in monochrome. Even Vera Wang, who is known for wearing only dark ensembles, recently proclaimed that â€œwearing all black is so â€˜90sâ€?. I couldn’t agree more.
Marc Jacobs was perhaps the most inspiring of the designers for fall. He presented a collection that was nothing short of a masterpiece. His grown-up looks were refined, yet vibrant, and in my favorite shot – where Marc takes his bow – you can see the tableau of 56 models…56 looks you just want to pluck off the stage and wear yourself. If look #45 is a little dark for you, try his version of Neapolitan – the Claudette ruffle dress at Neiman Marcus in dark, cream and rose – yummy as the ice cream that inspired it!
Prada, too, showcased a collection full of color-blocking kookiness that was nothing short of strange. When questioned about the ingenuity behind the collection, Miuccia Prada replied that the only thing she could think of was to work on color and materials. The result was curiously pleasing combinations, like orange and gray, pictured here. This has become one of my favorite color combos and I plan to take it into fall with charcoal and burnt orange, like a Satin Fendi top with BCBG flannel cropped pants.
Fuchsia and turquoise, too, have a striking effect. This surprisingly cool mix is so chic that I’ve seen it on two of my favorite fashionistas on the red carpet. Both spunky Cameron Diaz and style maven Sarah Jessica Parker pulled off the I-would-never-think-of-that ensemble.
Finally, the saffron yellow and sweatshirt gray of spring/summer has moved aside to let a more mature, more luxurious combination take center stage. Louis Vuitton‘s painterly fall collection featured a Vermeer palette, manifested in a cozy layering of light gray, buttercup yellow and metallic skirt. Vera Wang, too, channelled this updated palette with light gray, dark gray and black topped off with bronze.