Paint it green
It’s a jungle out there, and it’st’s time to dress accordingly.
Green n has always ays been n one of my favourite colours, ours, so when the colour gods at Pantone declared it the 2017 colour ur of the year, I shouted: “Yay!” But then I waited, and waited and still no green jumpers pers or jackets or shoes are in my favourite e stores.
You see, dear reader, fashion can n sometimes take its sweet time to trickle down to the level where you and I spend most of our dollars. It’s one e thing for Gucci to respond almost immediately with a pair of racing stripe track pants in the most sublime bottle green, but it’s a whole other thing for the brands mere mortals can afford to get them on to the shop floor, fast fashion notwithstanding – and let’s not even open that can of worms.
So that’s why everywhere you look, it seems green has been the colour of winter, sprouting like a newly planted lawn.
And yet, nothing in fashion happens by accident, as we learned last month when Melania Trump boarded a flight to visit children in immigration detention wearing the now infamous “I don’t really care, do u?” Zara jacket, which happened to be green. Moving on.
For a more positive celebrity example of green’s popularity, you only need to look at the Queen’s recent lime green trifecta: at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on her trip with the Duchess of Sussex to Cheshire and at Royal Ascot.
The popularity of green may be a direct reaction to most of us living in an urban jungle surrounded by shades of grey and relatively little sunlight, suggests Vanessa Manning, of Manning Cartell.
“In a world increasingly lived through screens, the urge for first-hand contact with nature becomes strong and visceral, therefore green has become such a colour focus for our latest collection,” she says.
With so many greens on the spectrum, from khaki to pea, bottle and emerald, how does a designer choose which shade to hero?
“We loved the idea of intensifying natural colours to be more futuristic – conveying a regal nature,” Manning says. “Green represents confidence, power and balance. In our current climate we feel it also represents mindfulness of our environment and portrays calmness, truth and security.”
And where some colours pop in and out in a matter of moments – chartreuse or mustard, anyone? – green will stick around for a while. But that’s not to say it won’t evolve.
In Paris in June, Kenzo showed printed leaf green, while at Thom Browne, mint and moss popped up in blazers and even shoes.
“Against a backdrop of global change, soothing and energising colours like green tap into our emotions and aid wellbeing. Green will be present for some time,” Manning says.
So pour yourself a green smoothie, buy a new plant for your desk and spend a few minutes of your weekend hunting for the perfect green jacket online. It’s not quite the same as spending a day in the great outdoors, but it may leave you feeling inspired to get back to nature. And that can only be a good thing.