January is over. We made it through the worst. And while there may still be snow on the ground and freezing wind chills in the air, there are plenty of reasons to kick up your heels and celebrate the coming of February. Why? Well, in addition to the shortened number of calendar days, the skip in the second month’s step always brings two things we look forward to: Valentine’s Day and the promise of spring. And as cheesy as it may sounds, we can’t help but revert back to our girlish fancies and waste no time in breaking out the pink. The color of love! The color of flowers! The color of artificially sweetened candies that we can’t get enough of! And luckily, for us romantics at heart, all the different shades of pink can mean so much more as well.
Pink can be playful. Not since the 80’s has the hot pink craze made as much of a splash as it is making now. And while many current designers are tipping their hats to the trends of the past with high shoulders and color-blocking, a decidedly more modern take has been introduced by blending these statement-making hues with more pared down, minimal shapes. Martin Grant took his fuchsia frock one step further with an almost futuristic cut, sliced up with a slit down the front and up the skirt. For a more classic look, (for work or play), Red Valentino lends the same shock of color to an ultra-flattering, drop-waist fit.
Pink can be sweet. Not quite ready to take on the forces of neon? Fear not, you can always ease the color into your wardrobe by replacing your white or gray workwear pieces with a primly cut, pale pink button-down. The soft color is like a breath of fresh air amid a sea of drab neutrals. If it seems too light and floaty, you can always anchor it with a hefty chunk of gold or silver hardware. Isabel Marant kept her collared look spare on the spring runways, tied off loosely with a belt, while DSquared2 provides a crisp staple you could wear everyday.
Pink can be sophisticated. Many who shy away from infusing pink into their wardrobes still dwell on the tutus and princess dresses that characterized their childhoods. Or even the ghastly ruffles and lace that may have shown up in their teenage years. But as an adult, pink plays a whole new role that you are free to take control of. Peach, for example, is a classically clean shade of pink that is often forgotten, yet makes a perfectly polished statement from office to weekend. When done up in a pleated pant, peach shows an elegant evolution from the more saccharine-styled pinks of the past. Jenni Kayne‘s slim-cut trousers are a versatile item for spring’s outdoors activities while Sonia by Sonia Rykiel‘s silk de chine pair, when paired with a simple black blazer, can easily take you from day to night.
Pink can be glamorous. Now that we’ve covered all bases of the subtle, simple shapes that pink can take on, we have to touch on the one purpose the color was made for: to stand out. Show off your love, for either someone else or for yourself, by using this season to drape yourself in a decadently rich shade of pink and stepping out on the time. Make your own red carpet with a sizzling shade of magenta like on these gorgeous gowns. The queen of ultra-feminine chic, Carolina Herrera wraps her signature loops up and around for an origami-like confection worthy of an A-list starlet. Another well-known textured team, Notte by Marchesa, achieves a similar wrapped up effect in the same dazzling color which we are not only smitten with, but are pretty much positive would look dynamite on anyone.
If you feel like it’s time to take another peek at pink and to look beyond the cotton candy and the ballerinas of the past, then now is the time. Spring is coming, love is in the air and soon short skirts and sleeveless tops will be among us once again. And for all its corny associations, there is one thing about pink that seems undeniable: its ability to make people happy. Bring on those rosy-colored glasses!
1. Pink As Playful (Fuschia Minidress)
Runway: Martin Grant Spring 2011 RTW
â€¨Real Way: Red Valentino Drop-waist Crepe Dress $595
2. Pink As Sweet (Pale Pink Button-down)
Runway: Isabel Marant Spring 2011 RTW â€¨
Real Way: DSquared2 Classic Collared Shirt $595
3. Pink As Sophisticated (Peach Pants)
Runway: Jenni Kayne Spring 2011 RTW â€¨
Real Way: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Silk Crepe de Chine Pants $450
4. Pink As Glamorous (Magenta Evening Gown)
Runway: Carolina Herrera Spring 2011 RTW â€¨
Real Way: Notte by Marchesa Rosette-Embellished Barathea-Silk Gown $1155
Runway Photos: NYMag.com