Runway to Real Way. “Orange” You Glad Tangerine Is In Season?

January 9, 2012 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

Happy New Year! The calendar says 2012 and that means a fresh batch of trends, tips and picks for the coming year. It also signifies another thing — that fashion week is just around the corner! So while we enjoy our proverbial calm before the storm, as January usually is, we thought we’d get a jump start on spring with one of the projected hottest trends of the year: tangerine orange. Yep, we’re not kidding! It’s one of the brightest, juiciest, happiest colors out there (just ask Clinique), and we’re ready to splash it across our outfits and paint it across our pouts. So without further ado, let’s start picking oranges!

Though we’re technically still in fall fashion territory, we can still have fun with springier hues and shapes. With tangerine being one, the possibilities are endless in how we can wrap it, belt it, button it, etc. Or as is the case with Blumarine‘s runway, we can let the shade simply shine. There’s no better way to say “bold” than with a monochromatic sheath in a dazzling orange. Blumarine based much of their Fall 2011 collection on the color, and are therefore one of the trendsetters of this season. For a simpler option that’s just as chic, slip into a statement that comes courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg. The pleats and a fold over collar add a sense of playfulness and would look great under a sweet little cardigan or trench.

If one monochromatic piece is too much, pare things down by incorporating one bright piece surrounded by neutrals. Designers like Gucci, Proenza Schouler and in this case, Marc by Marc Jacobs, took a sweet, fluttery blouse and spiced it up with the vibrant hue. Though the polka dots lend a bit of whimsy, this ensemble becomes uber-sophisticated when paired with the neutral-colored belt and skirt. Another fun and totally wearable option by 3.1 Phillip Lim can brighten up a dull office ensemble for day, or as seen here, be paired with a funky animal print for a night out.

It’s pretty much assumed that women take the most risks with their footwear. Since your size rarely changes and we can never seem to have many, shoes are often the best antidote to a serious trend craving. So kick up a fuss and nab yourself a pair of bright orange shoes. A great pick came trotting down the Timo Weiland runway, whose collection included voluminous shapes and geometric prints. The intergalactic color looked choice with the rest of the edgy pieces, but on their own with a day to day outfit they can pack an even greater punch. A perfect pair that blends high fashion with wearability comes from the Melissa + Jean Paul Gaultier collection. The rubber-soled PVC sandals carry that same sense of Weiland’s modernity, but with a wear-to-death and buy-more-than-pair functionality that we love so much.

And if you can’t cart around your taste for tangerine in apparel or footwear, what the next best thing? Handbags, natch. Carry your orange where everyone can see it, mainly in a handsomely-made frame bag, satchel or clutch. There’s not much to say about this citrus stunner on the Jaeger London runway besides that it’s gorgeous and could perk up an entire wardrobe. Get a handle on a similar style with this MICHAEL Michael Kors leather tote. These carry-alls can “carry all” your essentials straight through spring to summer. And what to do then? Why, buy a tangerine swimsuit of course! Get on board with one of this year’s hottest colors: tangerine orange!

1. Tangerine Dress
Runway: Blumarine Fall 2011 RTW
Real Way: Diane von Furstenberg Siera Pleated Minidress, $365

2. Tangerine Blouse
Runway: Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 RTW
Real Way: 3.1 Phillip Lim Long-Sleeve Silk Blouse, $375

3. Tangerine Shoes
Runway: Timo Weiland RTW Fall 2011
Real Way: Melissa + Jean Paul Gaultier High-Heeled Sandals, now $95

4. Tangerine Handbag
Runway: Jaeger London RTW Fall 2011
Real Way: MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Fulton – Large’ Leather Tote, $348

–Alia Rajput

Runway Images: NY Mag

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One Response to Runway to Real Way. “Orange” You Glad Tangerine Is In Season?

  1. Adriana says:

    Love orange! Goes well with black & white, particularly zebra print. A confident colour for confident woman!

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