Think Pink

In a season that felt the reverberations of the atypical bright colors found in the spring collections, pink, a color typically associated with the season, cropped up throughout the fall collections. The universally flattering color was seen everywhere and in every shade, from nude to nearly red, with its approach varying  from the simple to the extreme.

Chloe, which was at the epitome of girly sophistication under Phoebe Philo, still maintains that aesthetic. Variations of yellow, emerald, navy, icy blue, and cream made up the collection’s color scheme, in addition to Clare Waight Keller’s take on the pink trend. This peachy pink was used in the casual collection’s incredibly wearable, thick fabrics with beautiful detailing including its quilting, oddly-placed zippers, and bits of leather.

About two-thirds of Jil Sander’s collection was blush-toned (the remaining one-third in reds and blacks), with the pinkest being a bright pastel. Most pieces were flowy with simple, strong lines. Highlights included oversized (and often double-faced) coats, delicate bodices, and below the knee skirts. Using the same pastel shade, Comme des Garcons’s Rei Kawakubo took a completely different route with entire pink looks resembling two-dimensional felt constructions, accentuated by the models’ fluorescent hair. Not one to shy away from risks, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton offered fanciful, blossom-like creations, with looks made solely of ruffles and paired with futurisitc sunglasses, no less.

Other designers went for a bolder shade of pink, with Diane von Furstenberg utilizing the stronger hues-from salmon to maroon, in her signature drapey silhouettes. These bold shades were accentuated with even more bold colors, such as a a teal overcoat paired with a deep V-neck maroon dress and red leather gloves, or a loose magenta top and mustard yellow pants, accentuated by a gold belt.

Peachy pink in Chloe’s incredibly wearable collection.

A rich pastel pink made up the majority of Jil Sander’s collection.

McQueen’s blooming creation.

“Think Pink,” from a scene in “Funny Face” in which the editor in chief of “Quality” magazine attempts to breathe new life into the publication, details what these designers have done in translating the typically warm-seasonal color into the bleak fall/winter seasons.

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