Runway To Real Way: I’m Just a Girl – Modern, Sophisticated and Summery Pink

May 23, 2011 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

Let’s face it. You love being a girl. So do we! And now that the weather is warm and the sun is shining, we are free to have every flouncy, twirling, beribboned, sequined, girly indulgence we want. To sum it all up: let’s wear pink! Ever since our mother dressed up in sundresses and matching bonnets as a child, pink has been every woman’s guilty pleasure. Gone are the days of the hue symbolizing a damsel in distress or an angelic cherub; these days pink is fierce, pink is power, pink is sensual, pink is everything you want it to be in today’s modern woman world.

While fresh flashes of pink are always fun, the hue doesn’t always have to make a bold statement. Delicate, ballerina-pink gets a grown up makeover when turned into a drapey little origami-tied dress. Equal parts naughty and nice, this creamy confection  wowed on the Emanuel Ungaro spring runway. Katherine Hamnett ties her similar blush-colored package up with a bow and voila—the perfect little pick me up for weddings, graduations and even a fancy brunch!

While a puckered up pink holds no seasonal limitations, (as in, white pants and Labor Day), it’s the most fun to let the full wattage shine during the sunny days of spring and summer. A dazzling fuchsia is always on trend, especially when cut into  a tailored pair of pants. The Mark Rothko-like color-blocking on Peter Jensen‘s spring runways paired the bright shade with an equally resonant top.  For more everyday wear, it’s best to keep the color to one area of an outfit. Jil Sander’s pleated and high-waisted pants would rock any downtown pavement when paired with a fluttery, neutral top.

Speaking of fluttery tops, the easiest staple for a summer day to night wardrobe is a short-sleeved top in a rich hue and luxury fabric. The sleeves provide an office appropriate vibe while the slinky fabric and pop of magenta pink can take the top straight into after work cocktails or even an evening event. Louis Vuitton sent a metallic number down their spring runway, resplendent in piping and a front pocket. A less fussy version for everyday wear comes compliments of Hussein Chalayan, which can easily be paired with trousers or a sleek pencil skirt.

A pink-infused floral bouquet is the ultimate girly print. It needs to be handled carefully, so as not to channel some awful early 90’s prairie skirt. Pieces cut into slim, sparse shapes will contain the print well or better yet—a swimsuit! A pink tinged swimsuit with large or small blossoms will turn heads from the neighborhood pool to an oceanfront resort. Add some sass and some sex appeal to the sweetly innocent print with cut-outs, as seen on Nanette Lepore’s spring runway, or with a plunging neckline as Diane von Furstenberg so elegantly displays.

Liberate yourself from a drab and downtrodden color palette and dive into all the ways that you can have fun this summer with pink!

1. Pale Pink Draped Dress
Runway: Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2011 RTW
Real Way: Katharine Hamnett Gina Washed Silk-Satin Dress, $350

2. Fuschia Pants
Runway: Peter Jensen Spring 2011 RTW
Real Way: Jil Sander Stretch-Cotton Slim-Leg Pants, $595

3. Magenta T-shirt Top
Runway: Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 RTW
Real Way: Hussein Chalayan Draped Jersey T-shirt, $330

4. Printed Pink Swimsuit
Runway: Nanette Lepore Spring 2011 Runway
Real Way: Diane von Furstenberg Bash Leopard-Print Swimsuit, $220

–Alia Rajput

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Image Layout: Molly Murphy

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