When it comes to womens designer clothing, the Spring palette typically consists of pale pastel blouses, feminine florals and lots of cheery yellows to brighten up our wardrobes after duller, Winter shades. This year however, we are seeing a surprising amount of block colour in more vibrant shades, which are usually more synonymous with Summer accessories or Winter dresses. There is also much more black on the racks than we are accustomed to seeing this early in the year.
Dolce and Gabanna’s urban ‘D&G’ collection is being particularly bold this season. Colours such as hot pink and coral, as well as large, bright pink flowers, are teamed with natural shades including nude and stone for a very confident look. This has filtered down to the high street, as we see oranges and pinks dressing window displays of popular high-street stores. As usual animal print is common, typically deep shades of ocelot or leopard. Among their collection is a very unusual top which encompasses the entire season’s trend into one garment. Featuring an unusual but very stylish mix of black, large florals, animal print and polka dot, the long sleeved blouse will really make a statement.
McQ by Alexander McQueen have created an equally unusual Spring collection for 2012. Black and deep, cobalt blue both feature alongside deep and neon shades of pink. The florals are more discreet than those in the D&G collection, and houndstooth and zebra are featured more heavily than leopard print. Their most unusual piece is a black and white dress featuring zebra print which meets centrally to form a tiger’s face. A unique concept, this dress definitely stands out from the crowd, as will its wearer!
Love Moschino womenswear exhibits a lot of black and cream this season, and have chosen a paler shade of hot pink alongside. Snake print bags and polka dot dresses us unusual colour mixes for interest and unlike many of the other top designer collections, Love Moschino use integrated jewel and lace as well as bows and corsages to add interest to plainer items. As with many other brands, ruching and ruffles feature heavily in the new Spring collections.
The Joseph collection also includes a lot of block colour, but in a larger range of reds, oranges and more traditional yellows. Neutral shades of grey, stone, nude and khaki, as well as the only glimpse of pastel pink this year, mean the collection seems more traditionally ‘Spring’-like than those of other designers. However there are less florals and patterns, and, true to their usual style, Joseph create interest with shape and cut more than colour and pattern.
When choosing block colours to wear the Spring, bear in mind your skin tone and hair colours. Orange and pink can cause paler skin tones to look ‘washed out’ and orange should be worn with caution by redheads. Outfits combining these more vibrant shades with neutrals and pastels are much more wearable, so keep an eye out for two tone dresses, try wearing pastel blouses with vibrant skirts or trousers, or simply accessorise ‘safer’ outfits with bolder coloured bags and jewellery.
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