Friday 15 December 2017

Darren Kennedy's Style File: How to wear... orange

Illustration by Moona AlQahtani inspired by Narciso Rodriguez
Illustration by Moona AlQahtani inspired by Narciso Rodriguez

Darren Kennedy

I doubt it even dawned on the makers of Netflix's addictive series 'Orange Is the New Black' that they were predicting a major colour trend when they decided on the show's title.

The colour that was 'banged up' for bad behaviour after the 1990s rave scene has staged a prison break and is now at large on a high street near you. Nearly every designer worth their sartorial salt has included the pigment in their Spring/Summer 2014 collection, with tones ranging from dark rust and vermillion to bright citrus and even flashes of fluoro. The fiery hue appeared on skater dresses and trainers at DKNY to full-length gowns at Monique Lhuillier and was splashed across the catwalks of Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez and Jenny Packham, amongst others.

Whether you choose to be daring with matching vivid brights or opt instead for subtle accents, the complete spectrum of shades from blood orange to soft pastels is available. It can be a difficult colour to get right and much of it comes down to wearing the right tone for your natural colouring. As a rule of thumb, dark skin can carry the boldest of colour while paler complexions are best suited to pastel shades that won't drown you out.

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