Pretty in Pink
Posted on 13 June 2016
Pink conjures up a lot of sweet imagery for many of us; macaroons, candy floss and of course Barbie. The autumn/winter 2016 catwalks were awash with all different shades of pink. Pink has been traditionally viewed as a ‘girly’ colour, the peak of subservient femininity, the colour to dress sweet little girls in, despite historically being a strong, masculine alternative to red. This season designers have been reclaiming pink as a strong, powerful colour with luxe fabrics and unexpected cuts.
The Chanel show felt like a love letter to traditional French dressing and the days when Coco was at he helm with checked suits, pearls and classic cut suits going down the runway. Every shade of pink was seen, from raspberry to salmon and everything in between. Karl Lagerfeld has been having fun with layers and proportions, showing skirts flaring gently below the knee or ankle grazing hem lines all off set by thigh high splits.
Jonathan Saunders showed stripes and masculine tuxedo pants tailored perfectly to the model’s figure, channeling a 60s nostalgia vibe, embracing the notion that pink is, above all, a happy colour. Marchesa opened the show with soft chiffon and salmon pink sartorial evening wear that contrasted dramatically with Gucci’s ice-cream tone, faux fur offerings.
Dolce & Gabbana fairytale-themed show, named Fashion Fabulous Fantasy, enchanted audiences with ultra feminine satin negligees edged in Chantilly lace, layered with three dimensional floral coats in pink and purple tones. Frothy chiffon gowns and paillette-adorned Peter Pan collars on sequin tea dresses completed the princess-approved fashion fantasy.
Many designers chose a subtle, almost nude colour for their pieces. Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen gave us sheer panelling in subtle flesh tones adorned with intricate embellishment and embroidery - ethereal 1930s seduction combined with 1940s shoulders and a thoroughly modern, heady sense of luxury. Corsets and defined waists anchored the collection.
Mary Katrantzou tried to redefine pink in it’s Victorian terms of stamina and power. “I think women are a little hesitant when it comes to incorporating pink into their wardrobes because they fear the stereotypes associated with it” she said. “This collection is designed to subvert those expectations and make them feel empowered and that the statement they are making is a modern one.” Pretty and powerful in pink? We agree.
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