Continuing with my favourite picks for 2011 I have moved past the blacks and whites which make up my wardrobe staples and hit the colour palettes hard. Spring/Summer is, I guess, the obvious season to be indulging in bright colours but it's not just that - somehow I feel my inner Anna dello Russo is slowly being released after seasons of black imprisonment. So, bring on the colour!, I say...
Regal purple has always been one of my favourite hues and looks brilliant for eveningwear paired with black, such as at Haider Ackermann. Bright blues are my daytime pick, and are great fun teamed with other vibrants for a splash of sunshine. Minimal shapes and sharp tailoring really make the colours pop at Costume National. Left to right: Haider Ackermann, Costume National, Prabal Gurung.
Grey may have much in common with my black/white basics, but in this season's icy or metallic tones it really counts as a colour-way of its own. I like the loose, floaty shapes at Richard Chai, but I am particularly in love with the hard-edged cuts coming from Gareth Pugh. Of course it's great (financially) that he's doing more wearable pieces now but my eye will always drift towards the more extreme Pugh outfits... I would kill to have one of those tin-foil spacesuits. Left to right: Philip Lim, Sacai, Richard Chai, Gareth Pugh.
I'm not a massive fan of pink, it's often too girly-girly for me. However, in this almost-white baby pink shade I find it particularly appealing, especially when contrasted with navy or black. It might be a tiny bit too Alexa Chung but I just can't stop looking at these prim little Carven numbers. Left to right: Haider Ackermann, Carven.
Fiery reds always make me think of hot summer holidays in Italy and the tight-on-the-top, miniskirted dresses from the likes of Cacharel and Erdem would be so chic for your own Roman Holiday. There is also something comforting about an oversized red sweater from Acne - loungewear for those days when you still want to make a sartorial impression. Left to right: Cacharel, Erdem, Meadham Kirchhoff, Acne.
Orange used to be one of Anna's favourite colours, and this season I think it might be one of mine too. The tangerine shade was almost ubiquitous on the catwalks, and I think it worked best either head-to-toe at Max Mara, or left as a miniskirt-esque band on an excellently draped dress at Giambattista Valli. I just had to get in a photo of Sarah Burton's first full collection for Alexander McQueen too - the closest to couture RTW almost ever gets. Left to right: Max Mara, Haider Ackermann, Max Mara, Giambattista Valli, Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton.
For me, the mustards have been relegated to Autumn/Winter; for Spring, the only yellows I want to see are super-brights styled in a bumblebee fashion like at Moschino, or richly textured golds from Rodarte. Left to right: Moschino, Rodarte.