Aside from a few sporadic days, teasing us with a taste of what summer might become, the sun has yet to put in a noteworthy appearance. Nevertheless, fashion’s finest delivered a variety of very worthy summer collections, with clashing patterns and bold colours taking precedence. One particular colour that strikes a note for this spring/summer is (bright) yellow.
Sickly neon, bitter-sweet lemon, subtle mustard and bold dandelion are all note-worthy shades. Though be warned if, like me, your skin is suffering the trauma of a frost-bitten winter, try wearing yellow accessories as an accent colour. A fluro yellow clutch and stilettos will add interest to a monochrome dress, plus it is an easy way to work two trends in one outfit.
For those who dare, Topshop’s lemon broderie anglais suit is a whimsical yet practical choice for the office. Go minimal on make-up and accessories as the outfit itself is statement enough, though a fierce pair of heels will add a certain edginess to this pretty look.
The recent preference of bright colours over pastels for spring/summer colour palettes is a sure sign of designers’ attempts to brighten our spirits during the bleak economic downturn. A seemingly never ending stream of dismal reports predicting the worst for the global economy has evidently only heightened our hunger for fabulous fashion. We are seeking refuge in the assured satisfaction of something new, something exciting, something fun.
As it happens, our international designers were only too happy to accommodate our need. Their generous offering of sunny-hued dresses, shirts, trousers and accessories perfectly satisfied our appetites for frivolity and playfulness.
In Louis Vuitton’s sixties style shift dresses, Marc Jacobs has used shockingly bright yellow against white to dazzling effect. The combination of the bright colour palette and the playful retro style cannot help but transport us from our everyday woes. Stella McCartney has opted for a similar strategy with her signature quirky maxi dresses in deep sunset yellow and sickly orange.
New York’s master of minimalism, Michael Kors, has created an optimistic collection for this season. Chic, sophisticated and charmingly cute all at once, Kors has used yellow on just about everything from skirts and sweaters to jackets and sunglasses.
Of course, the sudden abundance of yellow among spring/summer collections could also be a sign of collective defiance against the weather from the fashion industry. I don’t know about you, but I for one am grateful for their determination to bring us summertime. Even if we are resigned to getting our doses of sunshine through fashion.
Article by Samantha Day, Dose of Vitamin F team member and Freelance Fashion Journalist in the UK. Samantha, also writes for her own blog called Little Black Book, covering beautiful fashion, but beautiful people and places.