This season, yellow is the warmest colour
We love a seasonal change in colour as much as the next person, but it can be hard to embrace oxblood and deep purple and inky navy when the sun is blazing and it’s a temperate 36°C outside. But this season there’s a new colour in the mix. For the sake of clarity we’re calling it marigold, but it’s really a spectrum of shades ranging from an earthy mustard to a poppy lemon yellow, with tones of gold, buttercup and honey in between. Amidst the rich, decadent colours we’ve come to expect from Autumn/Winter, a shot of marigold is like a very welcome ray of sunshine.
There are so many beautiful ways to wear yellow, but the runways were definitely pushing a specific look: head to toe. Whether in a single piece, like Valentino’s anklegrazing turtleneck velvet dress, or in Max Mara’s perfectly coordinated bouclé suit topped with a high-shine jacket, you’ll get maximum points if you commit to the colour. At Céline, a cosy marigold wrap coat topped floor-sweeping trousers that were just a shade lighter, and Balenciaga mixed yellow-based print and brocade for a fullon floral shot – definitely one way to put a spring in your step.
If you’re not ready for that much yellow, throw some pink into the mix. One of our favourite ways to wear yellow came from Delpozo, who can always be relied upon to deliver fresh, flower-like looks. There, lemon yellow peeked out from the lining of a cape-like coat (in Autumn’s other big colour, dusty pink), and layered over and under aqua blues and rich purples. Or do like Emilio Pucci and go sporty by contrasting with stripes of electric blue, black and white. Salvatore Ferragamo used the same colour grouping, adding purple into the mix. And one of the most beautiful colour combinations was at Burberry, where Christopher Bailey used strips of marigold snakeskin to accent a shimmering coppery teadress. Forget twee – this is proper rock and roll stuff.
Max Mara Salvatore Ferragamo Delpozo Burberry Céline Balenciaga