At Paris Fashion Week: Orange
Although red is a traditional choice when it comes to adding a bright hue to Spring/Summer 2011 lineups, at least three designers took a trip down tangerine alley, adding a shade more characteristic of autumn to their collections.
Besides neutrals, orange and yellow were the predominant colors during the Giambattista Valli Spring 2011 presentation. A throwback to ‘60s mod, the looks were boyish and short in boxy, sheath cuts. Although many ensembles were very “retro, Italian working girl,” he also added some romantic frocks with gathered, flowerlike appliques, silky Grecian gowns and a show-stopping, oversized fur coat.
As evident in the Yves Saint Laurent look above, the Parisian fashion house drew on a gray/orange color combo in a couple of pieces, but didn't stick to a rigid palette when it came to outfitting the models for its Spring 2011 collection. All-black ensembles were just as prevalent as flamenco-style dresses in flirty hues of green and red. Instead of color, it was the details that brought the looks together; for example, a line of ruffles, seen at the hemlines of dresses, tops and skirts. Also, a sheen on a trench or the silk of a blouse added a shiny, glamorous quality to the majority of the spring pieces.
Costume National designer Ennio Capasa kicked off his Spring 2011 show with a model clad in an all-leather, nude-colored suit. Throughout his collection, Capasa displayed a wide spectrum of colors, from oranges to blues and reds, revealing a simplistic approach to designing with color. Keeping his styles minimal and conservative, he was able to capitalize on the power of colors through bold, vibrant, deeply-dyed pieces.