SS11’s Candy-Colored Palette

FW10 might be all about camel coats and a neutral palette, but come spring, fashion will be sporting a slew of candy-colored shades. The message at Milan Fashion Week, at least in terms of color, is loud and clear, bright and cheerful. Prada led the week’s crusade for color with a collection that included vibrant splashes of oranges, greens, and blues, by way of structured garments and sumptuous fur accessories. When Skittle-toned hues weren’t served up in monochromatic ensembles, they surfaced in banana prints and bold stripes. Jil Sander’s catwalk was likewise awash in bright shades. Raf Simons, a critics’ favorite this season, played with flowing, floor-length silhouettes in a color wheel Rothko would have approved of.

Meanwhile, Missoni sent kaleidoscopic prints in remarkably bold colors down its runway this week. Christopher Kane and Marc Jacobs, too, showed clothes in a paint wheel of unapologetic brights. But, as with many trends, there’s a counterpart at work: subtle, monochromatic earth tones as seen on the runways of Armani (where gray was omnipresent) and Dolce & Gabbana (whose SS11 collection included not a single piece that wasn’t white).

Photo of Versus SS11 via Style.com

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