Wednesday 16 August 2017

Blue is the night - the must-have style for the festive season

Rich velvets, lush satins and decadent shades of petrol blue will prepare you for every eventuality this festive season

Sheer delight: Trussardi showed head-toe midnight blue tones on the runway at Milan Fashion Week for A/W 2017
Sheer delight: Trussardi showed head-toe midnight blue tones on the runway at Milan Fashion Week for A/W 2017
Gina Rodriguez
Dorothy Perkins
Printed bomber, high neck jumper and wide leg pocket trouserAll Monsoon
Monsoon jacket
Miss Selfridge
Merle O'Grady
New Look
Topshop
'Richmond' tote bag, €225, Hobbs
Blue velvet puffa jacket, €30, Penneys
Metallic midi skirt, €235, House of Fraser
Oversized drape coat, €113, Littlewoods Ireland
High-neck lace maxi dress, €470 by Self-Portrait at Brown Thomas
Suede-effect lace-up stilletto, €65, River Island

We'll all be feeling blue this season, if our winter wardrobes are anything to go by. Teal tones are not quite the new black, but more of an alternative to the dark staple shade of most of us are used to in colder weather. The rich shade of navy tinged with green suits all skin tones and isn't as harsh on pale, pink-toned skin. A shade that's kind to Irish complexions? We're on to a winner already.

Spotted everywhere from the Milan A/W runways, where Trussardi sent sheer midnight blue down the catwalk, to the red carpet, where Gina Rodriguez (below) went full-on glamour at this year's Golden Globes, now the colour has trickled down to the high street and can be seen on everything from bags to boots to bombers. It's not blue, it's not green, and it goes with pretty much anything, so it's not just a stylish additon to your wardrobe but a practical one too.

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Gina Rodriguez

Still not sure which shade you're looking for? Fashionisers.com says it's stuck between serious navy and vibrant cobalt blue. To be more exact in the description, says the site, just take any navy or cobalt blue, blow some cigarette smoke on it, and you will get what the Pantone Color Institute has contrived to call 'Riverside', the number one colour trend for the autumn winter season.

They also go on to say the colour "has some sense of confidence and tenacity to it, yet raising utmost excitement, sophistication and a dose of mystery within us." We're perhaps not totally sold on that, but look, it's pretty, sophisticated and bright, so get on board.

Irish Independent

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