Colour Rush: Why colour is hot for spring
Let's sweeten up our wardrobes and banish the blacks. Sugary pastels in minty green and blush pinks are a tempting colour trend for spring/summer 2012, providing an instant sugar rush to fast-track us away from January's greyness and our wintry safety net of blacks and browns.
There were lots of sorbet colours on the couture catwalks and the high street hasn't been slow to interpret the vision.
Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton was playful in his delivery, and his Rive Gauche sophisticates stepped off a giant carousel to show off couture confectionery in powdery pastel shades of yellow and the palest of pinks.
Marc, tipped to replace Galliano at Dior, proved his masterly hand for femininity through the mediums of lemon lace and blown-out broderie anglaise with lots of apertures.
All the better to see the frothy, whimsical pieces below.
Over at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld shared the mood for ethereal layering. Deftly working a hard-versus-soft theme, he teamed the label's iconic tweed jackets with feather-light, ruched, silk tulle skirts in barely blush pink.
His mint-green dresses were gauzy, with rich plumage created from marabou- feather skirts.
The green shade in particular has found favour across the fashion spectrum. Simone Rocha used a green tulle for her transparent, floating half skirts.
Miuccia Prada's green was paler again and chummed up brilliantly with peach and black in a knock-out top and knife-pleat skirt available at Brown Thomas.
Over at Penneys, they call their green 'seafoam', and it has to be noted that the ever-growing Irish chain has navigated an exceedingly strong design route this season.
In addition to its Limited Edition collection, the main line has several must-haves which arrive in store shortly, namely the knife-pleat dress in pink and white, worn here with a peachskin-feel jacket in seafoam.
As with all trends, if you don't have a strong desire to buy into the full story, dip your toe into it with accessories -- the open-toe sugared-almond suede flat sandals from River Island are a perfect starting point.
For the brave of heart who yearn for colour drama in their lives, look no further than 'tangerine tango', recently named colour of the year by trend forecasters Pantone.
It's a hot one, wonderful for tans, and there's lots of it about. Helen McAlinden, whose tailoring genius is obvious in her store on Dublin's South William Street, has a wonderful deep-orange dress out for spring/summer 2012.
There are lots of colour-blocked accessories in orange and pink. One colour you won't find me in this season, however, is the bright yellow which many fashion labels have bought into.
Lemon is much kinder to pale Irish complexions than the blue-hued yellows they love in Europe. Reminds me of Big Bird in 'Sesame Street'. 'Nough said.