queen of hearts
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
Stella McCartney Kate Spade