November 30, 2013

HOW COLOUR GETS US TROUGH WINTER!

-- by Jasper Vanpoucke 

Hello to all coloursofstyle-lovers! As you all know from Rachelle’s post on November 13th, she is currently working as assistant buyer for the jewellery department of the renowned V&D department store chain. Trying to impress her bosses, this new job takes a lot of her daily time! Worried to neglect this blog a little bit, she asked me to step in and write a guest editorial.

But who am I? That’s a secret I will never tell… Kidding ! My name is Jasper Vanpoucke, and me and Rachelle went to school together last year. While working hard to get our Master’s degree in Fashion, we noticed that we share the same love for fashion, lifestyle, interior and basically all the other beautiful things in the world.

Today, I want to talk about a subject that is highly important for this blog: colour! Especially in these dark winter months, we have to fight our downhearted moods with an army of vibrant colours. Because everybody gets sad and a little bit depressed in winter, right? Luckily, the world’s top fashion houses have read our minds and predicted our need for colour! Back in February of this year, the following Fall and Winter 2013 collections (what we are wearing right now) showed plenty of bold colours and uplifting prints. Here’s my top 3 of FW collections that everybody should be wearing right now!

Marc by Marc Jacob’s fashion show started out with a lot of blacks and whites, which is often the case in any Fall/Winter collection. But the bright red and dark sapphire blue garments where the ones that stuck in my mind. Textures and fabrics where mixed in a way that only Marc Jacobs can think of, and the leafy patterns had a clear reference to fall and winter. Anybody who’s wearing Jacobs’ collection this winter, will be able to make the snow melt wherever they pass!

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Marc by Marc Jacobs FW 2013 | Pictures by Style.com


Dries Van Noten’s FW ’13 collection was mainly characterized by dark blues, combined with an interplay of lines in subtle ecru and burgundy. Not particularly colourful, you might think. But the collection’s colour highlights came later in the show, in the form of pink evening dresses. The outfits’ tailoring was signature Van Noten, but the use of vibrant colours like hot pink and aureolin yellow stood out from the rest of the rather subdued collection. Dries Van Noten is a master of matching patterns and textures, which he also showed in these three dresses. The first two dresses were finished with ostrich feathers, attached to the dress with crystals. The third outfit paired a hot pink dress with trousers in the same colour. The bottom half of the dress was packed with a dense layer of ostrich feathers as well. The outfit’s flashy colour was softened by pairing it with a dark blue blazer and ditto shoes.

So, who’s wearing a similar colourful dress to a Christmas party this year? You will literally be the light of the party!

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Dries Van Noten FW2013 | Pictures by Style.com


Finally, my most favourite Fall-Winter 2013 collection in terms of colour has got to be Narciso Rodriguez. A Lygia Clark exhibition in São Paulo inspired the designer to mix colours in a very interesting way. The result is absolutely breathtaking! Rodriguez’s colour palette consisted of tangerine, hot pink, aubergine, sienna and cognac. The fabrics were also very diverse, going from matte to the very shiny duchesse silk. By mixing and matching both colours and fabrics, a unique and noticeable colour block collection was an aesthetically pleasing result. While the dresses in the duchesse silk were very flowy and loose, the jackets and trousers were a fine example of impeccable tailoring. But that’s classic Narciso Rodriguez: playful, but with a healthy dose of stringency.

So to repeat it one last time: don’t forget to wear colour this winter! It brightens the dark mornings, puts a smile on everybody’s ruddy face and makes you stand out in a time where everyone’s go-to colour is black.

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Narciso Rodriguez FW2013 Narciso Rodriguez FW2013 Narciso Rodriguez FW2013
Narciso Rodriguez FW2013 | Pictures by Style.com

What colourful pieces are part of your winter wardrobe this year?
How are you avoiding the winter blues?

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