Here is my review of orange, which is the new important fashion colour for 2011
and 2012. Vibrant orange colour was a popular colour in
the late 60s and 70s. Orange has
not had as much fashion exposure since that era - an orange moment is here again. Clothing and interiors all utilise this vivid
fashion colour. My take on orange is quite liberal in that I
note orange moves through a colour range that glows until it is
tangerine or blood orange hot. Pantone's Emberglow shows a warmer
pinker side to orange.
Frequently orange is teamed with either blue, black or grey.
Left - Miss Selfridge Orange Cable Lace
Sweater - Autumn 2011 Winter 2012.
Right - Miss Selfridge AW11/12 - Rib and Cable Knit
Most women have some black, grey or camel pieces in their
wardrobe, so adding a vibrant orange will lift a plain
coat, skirt or trousers.
Left - Monsoon/Accessorize - Samantha Stripe Knit Coat.
Trousers - Monsoon Stockist Number: 08448110068.
Right - Great Plains AW11. Black Pencil Skirt, Orange and Black
The spot top and the orange colour, teamed with
the pencil skirt takes three trends
of the season to produce an easy to wear piece.
For the edgiest look this
season mix and contrast bold colours to bring the zest of
living colours into your world. Colour-block new with old pieces
to create fashion buzz that will take you into spring 2012.
Left - Lipsy - Hot Tangerine Party Sequin One Shoulder Chiffon
Sleeve Dress, £75 - Oli AW11 Clothing Stockist Number: 0871 987
Centre - Jacqueline Wrap Dress, Chocolate Floppy Hat, Central Park
Bib, Dallas Boot - All Monsoon/Accessorize AW11 -
Right - Wallis Orange Rust Satin 70s Dress.
Celine showed coats that wrapped to the side. These coats were
clean cut, minimalist in line and slightly masculine in their
streamlined silhouette. Other designers showed dropped waist
coats held by a simple fastening button or stud, belt or tie.
Bold Bright Understated Coats
The Celine coat below is a natural true bright orange. Orange,
tangerine, golden tones to burnt umber, ginger and cinnamon
spice add new joy to the clothing colour spectrum. Topshop are
hot on trend with this vivid pumpkin orange coat and black
Left - Celine AW11 Catwalk Model - Pumpkin Yellow Coat.
Right - Topshop AW11 Slim Coat With Black Leather Collar.
Black & Orange Tan & Trim
Left - Burnt Orange Coat - Littlewoods AW11.
Centre - M&Co Boutique Colour Block Dress £55.
Hobbs Unlimited - Hobbs Unlimited Double Face Coat, £499/€575.
The overall volume look for Autumn 2011 Winter 2012 includes
Cocoon Coats which often have fur hemlines or lavish collars.
This burnt orange coats above has a loose but
attractive line and is weighted by a contrast fur hem trim.
Left - Catwalk AW11 - Coat from Oscar De
Right - Marks & Spencer Bright Orange Katy Cocoon Cape Coat £89.
Left - Heritage on the Catwalk AW11. Burberry Orange Cropped
Centre - Marisota Fusions By East - Orange Boiled Wool Jacket -
Stockist Number: 08719847612.
Right - Sainsbury's TU Clothing Women's Orange Coat £45. Tu
Stockist Number: 0800 636 262.
Celebrities are already wearing orange. In this photo actress
Kirsten Dunst, garnering attended the AFI Fest 2011 Special
Screening of the film Melancholia. She wore an orange/red tomato
print Dolce & Gabbana dress with Van Cleef & Arpels 'Frivole'
diamond and 18K yellow gold earrings and matching 'Frivole'
8-flower diamond and 18K yellow gold ring.
Orange can become so
hot that it meets red in this dress and in the Benetton AW11
Left - Kirsten Dunst. AFI Fest 2011 Special Screening Film
Right - Coat & Tangerine Orange Shorts - Benetton Autumn
For one of the seasons hottest looks, take red mixed with orange and geranium or coral and tangerine These vibrant cheerful jewel colours are hot winning looks
this season. Think of falling russet leaves and you have a
Intense Jewel Colours - Amber, Carnelian, Ruby Red, Amethyst, Sapphire,
Emerald, Malachite, Garnet, Lapis and
Citrine add a rich zing of colour. Kingfisher blues, jade and raspberry reds
vie with orange brights and rusty carnelian tones. In
orange tones think of any colour from golden honey amber to
rich burnt orange and blood orange.
Colour Mixing - Mondrian Block Colour Mixing - Subtle
Block Mixed Neutrals. Arctic Whites. Greens and orange are
the new 'it' colours to enliven your clothes rail.
Red mixed with orange and geranium or coral and
tangerine creates hot, hot, hot winning looks of vibrant
cheerful jewel colours.
More subtle colour blocking combines
rich blue with a complementary
contrasting burnt orange-rust-red. That may be the most
appropriate way for some women to confidently wear orange. The dress
shown below left uses orange to striking effect in the belt
accessory, whilst retaining the unbeaten combo of royal blue
Left - Debenhams - Roksanda Iilinic Collection - Staying Power of One
Right - Burnt Out But Opulent - Gucci Colour Block Belted
Jersey Wrap-Effect Dress £445.
Begin with small amounts of oranges, such as in a belt, and then
progress to whole garments like the contrast bodice of a dress.
This Gucci dress has the same three colours, but you can see how
by altering the proportion of any one colour, the overall effect
makes for a totally different fashion design. Orange with depth,
soon becomes darkened and syrupy like caramelized burnt oranges.
Left - Holly Willoughby Blue Spot Print Orange/Coral Chiffon
Blouse £35 at Very.co.uk.
Right - Burnt Orange Utility Shirt £26/€34 - NEXT Hoxton
Get instant lift with a bright bold fashionable handbag.
Carry your bag in an obvious no-handle grasp, or under your arm
as hug me pouches. Well try it for the season and see how much
it irritates you compared with underarm handle bags.
These handbags are all described as orange, and whilst they
have a similar tone they show interesting variations.
Left - Orange Tan Chain Strap Handbag - River Island Accessories
Stockist Number: 0208 991 4904.
Right - House of Fraser - Orange 'Boston' Turnlock Shoulder Bag
£145/€165 Pied a Terre.
Stockist Number: 020 7003 4000.
House of Fraser AW11 - Bright Orange 'LA' Clutch Bag £145/€165
Pied a Terre.
The orange bags below are truer tones of orange.
Left - Ted Baker Handbag.
Right - Fiorelli Orange Patent Purse.
The Matalan clutch bag made up in a colour found in the warm
section of the colour wheel verges on salmon, coral and
Not since the real 1970s has vibrant orange colour had such
designer approval. An orange moment is here again. Both clothing
and interior design feature accents of this fashion colour.
Right - PANTONE 17-1547 Emberglow
Of Emberglow the warm colour shown right, Pantone say
"Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal tone, emanates the
warmth of a glowing fire – the perfect panacea to the crisp air
of fall. Combine Emberglow with Coffee Liqueur for a classic
look, or with Honeysuckle for something a bit more retro. Add a
spark with shoes or a handbag in Emberglow, or perhaps a
patterned scarf combining purpled Phlox or Deep Teal."
Contrasting soft dusty ballet and nude tone colours remain
but these take on a soft tint within the Pantone Emberglow
range. These pieces give the contrast of wispy ethereal looks
which now meet the edgier more aggressive fetish fashions of
darker winter months.
Left - Primark Body Con Pink Peach Dress.
Centre - David Koma AW11 - Ballet Pink & Black Body Con Fetish
Right - Monsoon/Accessorize - Ladylike Glamour - Etienne Lace
Peach Dress - £140/€222.
Monsoon Stockist Number: 08448110068.
Left - Marks & Spencer 60's Pop Coat £110 .
Centre - Vanessa Bruno Limited Edition Winter 2011/12 At
LaRedoute. Blouse £119, Trousers £69, Calf Length Boots £185.
Right - Coral Cardigan £139, White Silk Blouse £129, Camel
Pencil Skirt £119, Brown Paisley Print Leather Bag £289.
Elégance Autumn/Winter 2011 Stockist Number: 0844 557 5507.
Left - Belted Wool Mix Midi Skirt £45 - ASOS WW AW11 Collection.
Right - Beaded Top.
Colour Block Orange
How you mix and match or colour block is up to you. This is a
season to follow the main trend of 'colour blocking', but make up your own wardrobe palette that suits your
Go bright and bold or settle for softer tones and add grey to burnt rust orange for a more subdued look.
Left - Gucci Catwalk Grey Coat Teamed With
Orange Rust Trousers.
Right - Elégance Burnt Orange Silk Blouse £129, Glencheck Pencil
Skirt £119 - Elégance Autumn/Winter 2011.
Want to use this hot colour, but find orange does little for
you? Then put that colour on your lower half, your legs, cuffs,
gloves or feet. Love orange - then add a bright scarf, blouse,
hat near your face.
Black is low on the list of trends this autumn unless you
intend to devote yourself to Fetish/Goth looks.
The bright colours that popped up everywhere for summer 2011
are now subdued into the vibrant but more subtle colours of gems
from a jewellery store. For Spring 2011 colour fashions see
Jewel colours are now the main colour
story of autumn 2011 fashion trends. Those softer ballet
tones are subtly there, but the main colour focus is
richness and depth of tone. This is found in orange carnelian, sapphire, lapis, emerald, garnet,
deep amethyst, ruby and golden citrine. Much of the golden
yellow and copper tones are frequently metallic as are many
Copyright of images courtesy of Prshots.com,
Marks & Spencer, Marisota,
Accessorize Monsoon, Matalan, Hobbs, House of Fraser, Primark, Oasis, Debenhams, Littlewoods,
River Island, Benetton, ASOS,
Pantone, Sainsbury's Tu,
Next, very.co.uk, Internacionale, Miss Selfridge, Burnt Out But Opulent, Elegance, East, M&Co, Dorothy Perkins, F&F Tesco, Ted Baker, Wallis, Oli,
Pilot, Apricot, Great Plains, Fiorelli.
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