Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Paling Into Significance

The Pastel Colour Trend - Spring/Summer 2012

"Spring is drenched in the palest of shades.."
Louis Vuitton SS'12
Turn your attention to subtler shades for Spring/Summer 2012 which are set to massively take precedence in the season soon to be upon us.

I'm talking about  soft and muted tones: mint greens, rose pinks, lemon yellows, glacier blues and as always we observe the catwalks for inspiration:

Calvin Klein Collection, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana, Erdem
As above, wear your choice of pastel head to toe, if you're feeling daring enough.

Or as an interesting alternative, revive a trend of yesteryear by pitting or "blocking" together layers of diverse pastel hues in one outfit or combine varying shades within the same palette:

3.1 Phillip Lim, Just Cavalli, Fendi, Etro

A pop of bright colour, in the way of shoes to accent your candy hued oufit is guaranteed to add a dramatic effect, as seen on the Just Cavalli catwalk (above).
You can also rack things up a notch by opting for pastels featuring fusions of metallics, prints or even one pastel colour fading into another:

Giambattista Valli, Jonathan Saunders, Hervé Léger, Richard Nicoll

Style Tips: Choosing the correct pastel shade is important as you want to ensure that it compliments your skin tone .
Those with pale skin, light hair and light eyes should avoid certain muted colours, particularly dusty rose pinks and beiges as it will be sure to "wash you out" and create an insipid complexion. Instead opt for warmer tones such as lemons and greens.

So for this Spring/Summer 2012, be sure to walk into the light!

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