Runway To Real Way: I’m Just Mad About Saffron – The Best and Brightest Yellows for Summer 2013

June 3, 2013 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way


For some reason, there are several months that seem to resonate certain colors. April always pulses with red, December is a soft, tranquil blue and October a crisp, crunchy orange. But it’s with the most vibrant and lemony yellow that I always like to usher in June. The month of Father’s Day and graduations, the month that school gets out, the month when your muscles loosen, you slip on a breezy sundress and just relax with the endless horizon of summer in front of you. So it seemed only fitting that we turn up the volume this month on all the fresh and sunny tones of yellow!

Yellow and lace don’t often go hand in hand. When one thinks of lace it’s usually in more demure tones of blush pink and cream or a goth-y, vixen black. But the newest way to wear lace is in a punch palette of color, as many designers proved on their Spring 2013 runways. Chris Benz, who always loves to reach first for color, displayed his spring fashion bouquet with jolts of decadent saffron and citrine. We fell hard for his yellow lace jacket and matching pleated skirt and tasked ourselves to find the perfect yellow lace skirt for summer. Voila! Compliments of Erika Cavallini Semi Couture, we found our edgy look in this neon yellow lace overlay with the added comfort bonus of an elastic waistband. Slip it on with a slouchy t-shirt and wedges for a casual day to night, or pair it with a short-sleeved blazer and cami for a funky office look!

For those looking to live on the wild side this summer, yellow is an unexpected take on the animal print trend. Surprisingly neutral, the buttery hue looks great when paired with black and white zebra stripes, as Carlos Miele pointed out on his Spring 2013 runway. The long, flowing fabric of a maxi dress is definitively summer and a breeze to slip on and off over a bathing suit or wear alone for a night of rooftop cocktails. Our statement-making pick packs a lot of punch for a tiny bit of budget, and you’ll wear it all season long!

Having covered feminine lace and wild animal prints, lest we forget one of the most popular trends in summer fashion: the prep. Slim cut, pleated pants in a soft pastel hue are the bread and butter of any preppy chic wardrobe. The queen of prep chic herself, Michelle Smith, lived up to her reputation by including these lemon sorbet trousers down her in her Milly by Michelle Smith Spring 2013 show. Belted, bloused over or cuffed, we love this effortless look with any number of tops, from button down poplin to silk chemise. An equally on point brand, Rag & Bone, serves up their version in a tailored and tapered silhouette.

It’s said that surrounding oneself with bright and happy colors does wonders for one’s mood. If these swaths of sunshine haven’t done enough yet to perk you up, we have one more trend to try! Lightweight layers are key in transitioning your wardrobe to the warmer weather months, especially when they can take forever to show up! Tracy Reese tucked her golden rays under a lightweight khaki blazer and we loved the color duo that resulted. Bright yellows paired with tans, beige and brown is a fresh and modern way to ditch the darker tones of winter. Our pick for the most versatile yellow to layer up? This classic canary yellow top, in a lightweight linen blend from Marni. One color, a thousand ways to wear it. Now what could make you happier this season than that?

Look 1: Yellow Lace Skirt
Runway: Chris Benz Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Erika Cavallini Semi Couture Lace Skirt, $184.15

Look 2: Yellow Animal Print
Runway: Carlos Miele Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Milanoo Yellow Animal Print Chiffon Sleeveless V-neck Women’s Maxi Dress, $18.99

Look 3: Pale Yellow Pants
Runway: Milly by Michelle Smith Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Rag & bone Eloise Crepe Tapered Pants, $195

Look 4: Yellow Top
Runway: Tracy Reese Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Marni Linen-blend Top, $298.98

– Alia Rajput

Image Layout: Second City Style

Runway Photos: WWD and NYMag


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One Response to Runway To Real Way: I’m Just Mad About Saffron – The Best and Brightest Yellows for Summer 2013

  1. City Program says:

    Interesting observation on how brightest yellows can shape ones perspective. Great information and reference! Nice work Alia.

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