Pre-fall 16 colour trend: The future’s orange

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Giambattista Valli, Christopher Kane. Delpozo, Fausto Puglisi, Antonio Berardi, Sachin & Babi, Diane Von Furstenberg, Temperley

Oh orange… that queen of colours that’s about as easy to wear as a pile of books on your head, that’s as retro as an Ossie Clark dress and that’s as on-trend as it’s possible to get at the moment.

I love orange – but to look at rather than to wear. And that’s its problem – it’s a tough colour to carry off because it’s SO overpowering. Admittedly, so is bright red, but that’s more of a classic, which is probably why orange only wins a place in fashion’s spotlight infrequently.

So, how to wear it this time? You don’t have to go for an allover. You can, of course, but it also works beautifully (and more wearably) as an accent colour/detail colour. Think zips, ribbon trims, collars, cuffs, or it being one part of a colour block.

Or pair it with another key colour – blue’s a current favourite, but khaki and various shades of tan/beige/brown also feel right.

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Narciso Rodriguez, Versace, Karen Walker, Antonio Berardi, 3.1 Phillip Lim

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