The Food-Inspired Colours for Spring

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With Fashion Month bringing a plethora of new styles and cuts to the runways of Milan, New York, Paris and London, the most style savvy are itching to get their hands on SS20 collections. 

The collections won’t be available to buy until next year, but one way to hop on the latest runway trends is to incorporate Spring’s new colour palette. 

Stepping away from traditional floral pastels, designers instead chose to look to food as inspiration for the Spring colour palette. Tangerine, butter yellow, and pistachio dominated the runways from Tanya Taylor to Alice + Olivia. 

From the beginning of New York Fashion Week, tangerine took crowds by storm. Many have called it the “New Neon Green” which became last spring’s “It Colour” after being seen on the likes of the Kardashians and Blake Lively. 

Tom Ford presented tangerine as the new “cool girl” hue, incorporating it into futuristic coats and structured maxi skirts. Notably, he had model Gigi Hadid donning the subway- inspired collection’s first tangerine look. The standout ensemble juxtaposed a slouchy white t-shirt with a rigid tangerine skirt. 

Tanya Taylor’s Miami Art Deco- inspired collection showcased tangerine in playfully striped dresses and tropical floral sets. Similarly, Rosie Assoulin featured the punchy shade of orange in wispy vacation sets. 

Tangerine is the perfect stand-out color to incorporate into your Spring style if you’re looking to feel breezy and relaxed, while still looking chic. It’s a perfect palette to incorporate into your holiday wardrobe, and in your day-to-day style.

Though tangerine was the ultimate breakout colour of fashion month, pistachio green also made quite an impression, gracing the runways of Ulla Johnson Aliétte and Bailuyu.

The colour is a natural transition from the aforementioned neon green trend of last year, and is also a natural alternative to traditional spring mint or pastel green. 

Pistachio was featured on many delicate pieces from peasant dresses to dainty butterfly prints. It wove its way into crafty crochet pieces on Kate Spade’s runway and accented a muted crewneck in Bailuyu by Fu Wenjie’s collection.

As spring is almost sprung, the rule of thumb seems to be this: when in doubt reach for a savoury or sweet food-inspired shade!

Words by Madeline Pennington

Edited by Flora Fan

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