iStyle: Nifty shades of grey

When you’re wearing the cool neutral of the season, it’s black and white, says Emma Akbareian

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Grey has found its way out of the shadows and planted itself firmly on to our radars – not just in the form of literary erotica but in fashion, too. Historically, this colour has been reserved for the more sedate inhabitants of our wardrobes; think suits, workwear and winter woollies. This season, however, sees it break free from its constraints and re-emerge as a key colour.

For autumn/winter, a parade of  head-to-toe grey looks broke up an otherwise opulent catwalk display by Dolce & Gabbana, and at Antonio Berardi the first opening eight looks were sleek variants of grey tailoring. The spectrum of shades adds to the versatility of the colour; from dark charcoal and gunmetal to softer tones. It’s particularly useful as a trans-seasonal wardrobe buffer in that tricky in-between period when we’re not quite ready for winter.

Black is generally considered as the ultimate neutral colour, a fail-safe option for any occasion. But grey actually presents a lot more options sartorially. Pastel shades are a reoccurring trend but often make a rather harsh contrast when worn with black; team with grey, however, and you’re on to a winning combination. Similarly, very bright neon shades can result in something of a bumblebee effect when worn with black, but grey provides a much softer backdrop.

At Chanel, slate grey outerwear in the label’s signature tweed provided compelling inspiration in the search for a winter coat. For a high street version, Cos stocks some formidable styles. Berardi’s plunging neckline dress demonstrated the way to wear the colour in an evening-appropriate manner.

But if nothing else, add buttery soft leather accessories in muted tones of grey; the ultimate easy elegance.