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So far, 2017’s most sur­pris­ing con­tender for colour of the year has been pink. Whether it’s the now ubiq­ui­tous mil­len­nial pink or scream­ing bright fuch­sia, pink has be­come a new and in­escapable neu­tral. And while it has tra­di­tion­ally been an ar­bi­trary rule of dress­ing that red and pink can’t be worn to­gether, when did you last see a de­signer that cared for the rules?

Delpozo’s Josep Font is the mas­ter of the un­likely colour pair­ing: past sea­sons have seen lemon yel­low and smoky pink, seafoam and orange, lilac and sher­bet green. This Pre-fall he scat­tered shots of fuch­sia, orange and elec­tric blue through the col­lec­tion, and paired pink and red most strik­ingly with a highly tex­tured sleeve­less red jumper and airy pink cu­lottes cropped just above the an­kle, all the bet­ter to dis­play match­ing slip­per mules. Stella McCart­ney fol­lowed the same route, but in­tro­duced a claret turtle­neck un­der a fringed scar­let blazer, with white boots for fresh­ness.

The key to the look, whether you’re choos­ing lights, brights or darks, is plenty of tex­ture. At Prada, glossy red leather edged plush pink fur, while at Givenchy Ric­cardo Tisci lay­ered fur over crisp, ruf­fled ging­ham, ac­ces­soris­ing with sleek red tights and a mesh bag. At Chanel, gros­grain and satin rib­bons in dif­fer­ent in­ten­si­ties of pink and red were wrapped around salmon-pink boots, topped with a coat a-flut­ter with pink rib­bon ties. A pink suit is al­ways a good idea – if you’re feel­ing Gucci, pick a candy-bright pink, crop the trousers to Ber­muda short length and layer a hoodie un­der­neath. Or try the Valentino route of tem­per­ing a rasp­berry pink suit with blush and ma­roon ac­cents and no-non­sense skate shoes. Pink is here to stay.

Delpozo Chanel Valentino Prada

Gucci Givenchy

Stella McCart­ney Kate Spade

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