Spring is springing or at least our calendars tell us so! Despite the chill and that recent snow, there are definitely colours out there for us to behold thanks to Gucci, DKNY, and Derek Lam, to name a few. Last year, our fascination with flashes of neon and bold colour began to build its momentum. This season, our dalliance is set to get bigger and bolder.
Back in Milan Fashion week 2012, Gucci exhibited a very vibrant and influential catwalk. Despite showcasing neon bright clothes in combat blue, turquoise and citron yellow, it was the bright azalea pink suits and dresses which grabbed most attention. Inspired by the talented photographic work of Richard Avedon and particular photographs of Marella Agnelli and Gloria Vanderbilt featured below, Karl Lagerfield presented a floaty and feminine collection which broke the rules just like Richard Avedon did when capturing models in natural, less staged poses throughout his successful career.
Although evolving from two piece designs from the seventies, these ensembles were anything but typical to their era. Clever touches like puffed sleeves and flowing chiffon necklines and arm embellishments rebelled against their original pattern blocks, adding movement and energy flowing throughout each outfit.
Gucci SS2013 Milan Fashion week Marella Agnelli and Gloria Vanderbilt. Richard Avedon Bing imagesGucci SS2013 Milan Fashion week
Versus Milan fashion week DKNY New York Fashion week : Bing images
Favouring more fuchsia pink tones, Versus and D Squared then showcased their short suit ensembles at New York Fashion week and you only have to look around the shops to see that these very pink tones are everywhere.
But how to wear them without channelling Barbie girl is most definitely the question. With Gucci showing us that bold is definitely more and DKNY backing this assertion with more block colours in pink suits, nailing the pink trend can become almost palpitation inducing to the faint hearted. And the question is, do we go full on or skimp out on the detail?
The answer I feel, Is around us when the blossoms finally start to spring. Take many shades of pink and mix them up in colour blocks. And we have azalea, hot pink, and fuchsia pink and even rose pink to play with. Still not a fan of too much pink? Then mix it up with a few shades of coral or even orange but keep the base colour as bright as possible.
I particularly like this suit from Zara. Definitely a must have to build so many looks around. And take inspiration from Gucci, choose a tunic top or a short dress to accompany your trousers to recreate that seventies look which will hide a multitude of sins and move the eye down the contour of your figure. So let's be bold, be pink and bring in the spring, at least to our wardrobes!
Blazer: £ 69.99, Trousers: £ 39.99 Zara Dress: £12.99 MaryJane.com Sleeveless roll neck top: £38.00 Top shop
Top: Boohoo.com £35.00 Skirt: £48.00 Topshop Shoes: £54.99 Zara