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Mayumi’s vogue talk: Colours of Spring

MAYUMI DESCHANEL ILLUSTRATIONAs promised in my last column, I will be talking about spring’s trendiest colours!


Judging from the shows I have watched, I reckon fashion week’s colour forecast for spring is bolder than ever.


The runways at London, Paris, New York, and Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 were filled with an eclectic mix of colours deeply reflecting the season. It was all about combining bold colours with cool, mellow hues. We saw a lot of cobalt blues, emerald greens, crisp whites, poppy reds, and warm tangerines together with icy tones of gray, silver, pink, and black. Spring is usually chilly, so many of the collections still kept their long-sleeved and less revealing designs made of lighter and crispier fabric, which the colours complimented very well.


I know spring is not quite here yet, as many are still keeping themselves snug and warm with their winter coats, but it is definitely on its way to Europe! Perhaps it is time to start preparing your lighter wear and to introduce some of spring’s colours to your wardrobe.


Here are some of my favourite pieces that highlight the colours of the season.


Emerald Green


emerald green

Pantone, the leading authority on colour, described emerald green as the “it” colour of the season. I would not wonder why, as it is hard to ignore this rich and lustrous hue as seen in Akris and Burberry’s collection. Their use of lace and other textured fabrics enhanced the colour as well.


Shades of green


shades of green

Other shades of green also emerged on the catwalks of Kenzo, Rag + Bone, and Michael Kors. Burberry played with a deeper and darker green as well with its other coats.


Warm Tangerines


warm tangerines

Fluorescent neons are out this season as warm and matte orange/tangerine hues are in. J. Mendel, Sophie Theallet and Akris displayed different gradations of the colour in their runway collections.


Poppy Red


poppy red

Spring 2013 is also a season for women to release their fiery and sensual side with hot red designs from Burberry, Victoria Beckham, and Michael Kors. Valentino’s ‘little red riding hood’-inspired couture dress gets two thumbs up from me because that dress is just gorgeous!


Cobalt blue

cobalt blue

 Forget the traditional spring palette. Cool and mellow Cobalt blue proves that it is one of the most popular colour trends this season. Azzarro, Misha Nonoo and Kate Spade put their own spin with sophisticated, sleek pieces and playful prints.


Crisp White


crisp white

 Vibrant and cool at the same time, white is probably the colour for all seasons. This colour never seems to go out of date, but this spring clean and crisp whites make a statement. Akris shows that wearing a solid white dress is sassy and chic, while Diane Von Furstenberg and Gareth Purgh show that wearing a white-on-white ensemble is sophisticated and polished.


Icy Tones


icy tones

Chilly spring is evident in these metallic silver and pale pink pieces. Since icy tones are typically muted and neutral colours, it is easier to style and layer them with other colours and trends. Be inspired by Diane Von Furstenberg’s dress, Burberry’s coat, or by Reed Krakoff and Celine’s pink and black looks.


I hope you folks get some ideas from this season’s colours!




Until next time,

Mayumi Deschanel




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