OR WHAT seems like eternity, “orange” has been the future — but now it’s the fashion. Taking inspiration from the setting sun in that magical hour beloved by cocktail drinkers, the colour that exudes well-being has finally earned a place in resort collections from here to Palm Beach.
And you have nothing to fear. Whether opting for shades of satsuma or tones of tangerine, word is that the colour suits all skin tones and will add a hint of joie de vivre to a lack-lustre wardrobe.
It has certainly been put to good use by the houses of De La Renta, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli and Stella McCartney. And where they venture on the Pantone chart, the high-street is sure to follow, so you have got full-blast Jaffa-swathed dresses at House of Fraser, Lovarni and The Vestry and more of a tequila sunrise effect from Betty Barclay and others who prefer a paucity of pumpkin.
Granted, it may initially take bottle to put on a high-visibility dress, as there is an innate fear of resembling a) an Easyjet crew member or b)aTangospokesperson.Butaswith thatsettingsun,therearedegreesof orange — and unlike pink, orange is a unisex colour.
My friend Laura, who rarely deviates from a black ensemble, was talked into purchasing an orange jacket to go with a Jackson Pollocksplashpatterndressforherbrother’s wedding. “It was a hold-your-breath moment,” she says, but the crowd loved it.
Pairedwithnudeorblackfornighttime and white or turquoise for day, the best way to wear orange is with gold accessories, which will conjure up a sunset moment for everyone you pass. As an extra reason to wear orange, Myeloma UK urges us to “go orange” from June 21 to 28. To help raise awareness of this blood cancer, see www.myeloma.org.uk/get-involved