Fashion & Accessories

By Allison Warenik-Queenan

Jil Sander Spring 2011 Collection

Color is back this spring and it certainly is bold. Hot pinks, canary yellows, royal purples and sunny oranges reigned supreme on the Spring 2011 runways, especially when worn together at the same time. Contrasting colors from the color wheel were paired together. Solids and color-blocked pieces, adorned with gold jewelry and bright lip color and nail polish to match, all screamed “LOOK AT ME!” Call it an homage to the dramatic Seventies disco palette. Call it a reaction to several harsh gray-skied winters.

I know. It’s a bit confusing at first. What is a city gal to do with of these blinding shades that you last saw in your closet in grade school? A bit of culture shock indeed. But I promise that once you notice how mood-inspiring all this color is, you’ll be drinking the cherry Kool-Aid this season as well. I certainly am.

Jil Sander, Prada, Versus. Photo: Imaxtree

Never one to be a pink girl, not even as a child, I would never have believed that I would find myself coveting so many pieces of hot pink clothing in my adult years. The same for orange and yellow. But alas, these pieces are grabbing my attention in the best possible way and they are anything but child-like.

Michael Kors, Paul & Joe

Still feeling nervous? Don’t be. As always, when translating the runway to real life, a trend should be taken down a notch to avoid looking comical when crammed into the N train at 7:35am. However, by taking it down a notch, I do not mean watering down the saturation of the color. Color should stay as bright and bold as possible, but stick to one color at a time or pair a brightly colored skirt with a neutral top and keep accessories as close to your natural skin tone as possible.

Temperely, Issa, Moschino Cheap & Chic

Sonia Rykiel, Clements Ribiero, Bally

Giambattista Valli, J Crew, Milly

The best part of all of these colors is that everyone looks good in them. They work for all skin colors and hair colors. Not to mention that they reflect light off of your face and make you look your best. Had a rough night? The dark circles under your eyes will immediately be brightened. You’ll feel more awake and alive. It’s like aromatherapy for your eyes. Walk down the street and even the most disgruntled New Yorker will smile at you. Can your black or grays do that?
All pieces are available now on http://www.Net-A-Porter.com.

Originally published April 2011
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