TRAFFIC LIGHTS on the catwalks
The beginnings of seasons are like the silence before the storm. The shoots are done, the issue is out and we are ready for new collections. When I first saw the Oscar de la Renta collection (in the first image), I was thinking: ‘Oh what an interesting choice of color order!‘ It instantly reminded me of my time in university and our Traffic Light themed parties where everybody would dress according to their relationship status. Red would be unavailable and green would be ‘Go for it’.
Besides the university anecdote, after seeing the whole season together, I realized that most of the designers went for the same color combination of traffic lights! These bright and enchanting color selections bring an energetic vibe to our wardrobes. However these are colors that need attention while wearing. You never know what can hit you or hit on you while wearing these.
Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors used what I call “the Jacket Over” styling technique in their collections. They have combined similar or same color outfits and styled them with jackets over the look. To have the bright colors of orange/yellow, red and green as a jacket over a simple white pants suit or even bolder, the same color outfit will bring your look to a whole new level. So to achieve the look either go for a white or nude color underneath outfit and get the color pop up or you can wear the same color on top and the bottom and shine like the sun.
The second option is to go long and lean. I prefer to be honest using this kind of bright colored long dresses and one pieces with oversized, vintage, even mens jean jackets to take to edge of and avoid looking like you’re walking the red carpet. Accessorizing here is extremely important and highly recommended. Dsquared, Giambattista Valli and Valentino are the leaders of this trend. This is very ideal for the summer nights.
A third final option for me is to wear these colors in pants combinations. Style a silk red shirt with, red pants or green shorts with green sleeveless top like the green Akris look. Gold could be used as a version of yellow therefore Alexander McQueen’s golden mermaids and Roberto Cavalli’s mythical goddesses. Go for Balmain with a gold pair of skirt of skinny pants with a denim jacket and gold accessories.
Whatever trend you follow, 20s, Mermaid, tehcno just colour up this summer in red yellow and go go go.
niente by nil