Who knows what was going through the heads of runway designers in the height of summer 2009 as they prepared their spring/summer 2010 collections. Maybe they had a sixth sense that we’d be sick of winter weather by February and in need of something more fresh and spring-like, or perhaps they’re more optimistic than some about the state of the economy; perhaps they feel that we’ve turned the corner and are in need of some light relief?
Either way, this optimism has been strongly reflected in the colour palette of their various collections; delicate candy pastel shades are shaping up to be one of the most influential trends of the season. The runways were awash with shades of ecru, duck egg blue, pistachio, lavender, rose, lemon and all manner of candy-coloured hues, dominating many spring/summer collections from big hitters such as Valentino and Versace to up-and-coming London-based designers Louise Goldin, Christopher Kane and knitwear specialist Mark Fast. The trend for pastels harks back to several Gianni Versace campaigns of the mid-90s, and, as such, is perfectly in keeping with the overall 90s-influenced look of this spring, which also incorporates the classic items discussed in our previous ‘Styleflash’ column and an overall cleaner, more minimalist style.
For many, this candy-hued palette is a welcome change following a winter season dominated by shades of black, grey and navy; spring’s delicate pastels feeling especially refreshing and feminine after 2009’s leather-studded padded-shouldered 80-influenced looks. For fans of the trend, the choice of items is almost unlimited, as pastel shades came sauntering down the runway in all manner of pieces – twisted chiffon dresses and silk trenchcoats at Burberry Prosum, floaty feminine blouses at Fendi and Nina Ricci, belted skirt suits from Donna Karan, knitwear (Mark Fast), slouchy tailoring (Preen), layered silk cocktail dresses (Valentino)- the list is endless!
The key to pulling of this trend is to make sure it doesn’t get too twee or overtly girly – the easiest way to do this is to maintain a sharp, clean, tailored silhouette. For those that really want a to embrace the pastel trend, our bespoke tailored ladies skirt suit is the way forward – chose a single button jacket and wear it belted, which is the most up-to-the minute style for ladies tailoring. For those that don’t want to go quite that far, separates trousers or a waistcoat are less of a commitment while still remaining bang on trend. Our ladies trousers are tailor-made exactly to your measurements to eliminate all those irritating fitting problems one may find with off-the-peg garments, and you can have them made in exactly the style you desire – from wide-legged turn ups to skinny to peg-leg.
The most fool-proof way of wearing Spring’s watercolour shades is to snap up a couple of our made-to-measure ladies shirts, which are available in a large variety of pastels, in both plains and textured fabrics. Why not try our newest ladies shirt style, with a v-neck and three-quarter length sleeves? The following fabrics are appropriate –
Pale greens – medium herringbone
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