ICE CREAM COLOURS TREND
The season’s main trend, decoded, innocent and dynamic, defines this summer’s silhouette. Through it, designers have solved the femininity equals elegance equation.
Amethyst: Ancient Greeks considered it a shield against inebriation, associating it with God Dionysus. On the purple color scale, the more transparent it is the higher its value. It used to adorn royal crowns and Cardinals’ rings. Today top jewelers, such as Tiffany’s with the Paloma ring designed by Paloma Picasso, offer us a modern interpretation of this gemstone’s history.
Baby blue: Powdery soft blue in shades reminiscent of summer sky, illustrated on long or midi dresses, emits a calm elegance through the use of muslin, silk or linen. This is the dimension we saw walking down the catwalks of John Galiano, Carolina Herrera, and certainly in Versace’s draped dresses.
Color block: The pastel tone game is addressed to women familiar with the trend, who want to project a soft but sophisticated image. The variations are brightly-colored or pastel tops, two-color combos like light blue with pink or ivory, and signature accessories, like we find in Celine’s creations, where a long pink jacket finds its match in the faded yellow asymmetrical pleated skirt.
Degas, Edgar: The French impressionist painter was closely associated with pastels, both as a medium and as a color. Although in his time it was mainly used for portraits, he brought it to the forefront on a more widespread use. For example: his iconic ballerinas.
Effects: Pink has been associated with love and romance. Expert show ever claim that the origin of this property can be found in our original exposure to this color. When a man or woman wears pink it signifies compassion, closeness and an open heart.
Foulards: The Hermes silk twill 90 scarves are a study on pastel. Designer Annie Faivre is inspired by her own jewelry, with feather and seashell motifs, and tells stories about the people, their beliefs, and customs in places like Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands.
Grace: In 1954 it was Grace Kelly who so elegantly wore Edith Head’s ice-blue chiffon gown in “To Catch a Thief”, but the 2018 version of grace is claimed by the promising Off White, who gave the pastel palette a visionary dimension.
Hair: Pastel-colored hair can change your appearance to match florals, feathers or even a sporty style. Their advantage is that these shades can be adjusted to your style and you can use the ombre technique to lighten up your cut.
Κiss and touch: The lip gloss beauty trend is back. In pink ethereal shades, like we see in Chanel, combined with pastel nails, with mint green and cream taking the lead.
Lilac: This season’s ultimate pastel, gives off an air of elegance with hints of innocence.It also shows strength when seen on a suit, like in Victoria Beckham’s case. The sources of inspiration here are the lilac creations by Tibiand Michael Kors. And of course, the ethereal dress by The Row!
Mix ‘n’ match: It takes a lot of courage to combine pure pastels. But this was the trend that prevailed during the Fashion Weeks. It becomes even more interesting when the pieces create unexpected combinations, as we see for example in Nina Ricci or Peter Pilotto.
Neutral: If you want to give pastels a go, you should first try them with neutral colors like white or black. The perfect match of pink, as a canvas, is a white skirt or pair of pants. A pastel dress at work, combined with a black blazer, is a display of dynamism.
Vitra: The innovative design firm has greatly influenced fashion, as the recent partnership with Acris proves. The Wooden Dolls of Alexander Girard were designed in 1953 in Santa Fe, and among their main colors we find pastel pink and cream. They standout for their attention to detail, are made entirely by hand, and not one is similar to any other.
Χ-Ray: Sheer transparencies are a major trend this season, showing the sexy side of pastels, especially when using silk or tulle fabrics, like Preen or Prabal Gurung did singing the praise of summer.
Υellow: Yellow is highlighted on dresses, without any hesitation. It declares a strong femininity, and adds a sun kissed effect even in its more faded tones.
Waist Belts: The belt returns, worn as a signature piece on a pastel monochrome outfit, either as a contrast or to create a total look, as proposed by Nina Ricci, changing the volumes and slimming the silhouette.
New A(r)titude | April 2018