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The Orange Wave

A few days after France went into lockdown, Jacquemus posted a picture of a model wearing an orange peel bra with leaves as straps, captioning the photo: "The vitamin we need. I will be sharing more and more inspiring images over those next days [sic]. We need poetry". In these unpredictable and uncertain times, the quest for beauty has emerged as a form of escapism and the apparent frivolity of fashion may well even be having a beneficial effect. Indeed, the pleasure of dressing up dates back to ancient times, and has always offered people a way to experiment and better themselves. From putting together different looks, to accessorising your outfits, and coordinating or contrasting colours, fashion is also a game and a distraction. On Instagram, people are sharing their lockdown looks, with hashtags like #staychicathome, #alldressedup, and #formalfriday taking the site by storm.

 

It's often said that fashion is ahead of its time... And lo and behold, a wave of orange is surging through this spring's accessories, as if designers sensed that the world would need cheerfulness and light... What better colour than this vibrant, positive shade to keep people's spirits up, the colour of citrus fruits bursting with vitality, energy and life? In his Petit Livre des Couleurs (Little Book of Colours), semiotics specialist Michel Pastoureau teaches us that "The word “orange” first appeared in the West in the 14th century, after the importation of the first orange trees. First, saffron was used to obtain the shade, then, towards the end of the Middle Ages, “brazilwood”, an exotic essence from India and Ceylon (which later gave its name to Brazil). Today, this colour has taken on the virtues of gold and the sun: warmth, joy, energy and health”. It is even seen to promote a sense of general wellness and emotional balance. On the Spring/Summer 2020 catwalks, it electrified the draped silhouettes of Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, as well as outfits at Courrèges, Bottega Veneta and Dawei, models were bathed in gold at Eckhaus Latta, while Fendi and Gucci brought us more pumpkin tones and ultra-invigorating head-to-toe looks turned heads at Gabriela Hearst.

Valentino, Spring/Summer 2020

Accessories-wise, designers turned their minds to exploring the entire palette. From fiery, flashy expressions, to tan, golden, coppery tones, and apricot, papaya and coral hues, whether Marc Jacobs or Balmain, Heron Preston, Simon Miller or Mehry Mu, orange is studied from every possible angle this spring. Not one to shy away, it comes in many different forms, like the golden-studded banana shape at Isabel Marant, the boxy half-moon by Manu Atelier, the mini women's clutch bag at Yuzefi, or Kenzo's tiger logo backpack. To give your outfit an added boost, there are the Jacquemus suede 'Vellena' mules with their orange sequin-covered heel, or the flaming sandals from Paris Texas, to boot. What better way to make sure your #ootd (outfit of the day!), your virtual birthdays and online drinks really pack a punch, as you patiently wait to be able to take them outside.

 

 

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Accessories-wise, designers turned their minds to exploring the entire palette. From fiery, flashy expressions, to tan, golden, coppery tones, and apricot, papaya and coral hues, whether Marc Jacobs or Balmain, Heron Preston, Simon Miller or Mehry Mu, orange is studied from every possible angle this spring. Not one to shy away, it comes in many different forms, like the golden-studded banana shape at Isabel Marant, the boxy half-moon by Manu Atelier, the mini women's clutch bag at Yuzefi, or Kenzo's tiger logo backpack. To give your outfit an added boost, there are the Jacquemus suede 'Vellena' mules with their orange sequin-covered heel, or the flaming sandals from Paris Texas, to boot. What better way to make sure your #ootd (outfit of the day!), your virtual birthdays and online drinks really pack a punch, as you patiently wait to be able to take them outside.

 

 

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Balmain, Spring/Summer 2020
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