Autumn/Winter 2015 trend: Orange is the new black

It’s time to rethink tangerine shades, as the  traditionally sunny colour has been given an autumnal makeover

Emma Akbareian
Monday 19 October 2015 12:02

The hit Netflix series is on trend in more ways than one this season. Orange might be a shade with a few less than flattering connotations; think that big orange airline in the sky and over-liberal applications of fake tan. For autumn/winter, however, it’s finding itself on infinitely more stylish ground.

Orange might be a colour more traditionally associated with the summer months but this season it’s been reworked for colder climes. Whereas brighter shades of tangerine and coral are a good fit for when the mercury rises, for fall it’s about much earthier shades; think warm and comforting hues of terracotta, rather than anything that requires sunglasses.

Blame it on the Seventies, which has been a dominating trend for several seasons. Shades of burnt orange are key to channelling the boho vibe of the decade. In Balmain this manifested in disco-ready lurex mini-dresses, think Studio 54. At Victoria Beckham the look was much sleeker and the shade made for stand-out outerwear, whilst at Céline shades were mixed and matched in dresses and separates.

The easiest way to work the trend into your wardrobe is with suede; there’s no shortage of the fabric on the high street both in its faux and original form. Outerwear in warm cinnamon shades are an investment buy but to incorporate the colour more sympathetically, opt for accessories.

Earthy shades are ideal to mix and match but if that’s a little adventurous, separates can easily be paired with more modest basics. And if that hasn’t persuaded you to take the plunge, let’s not forget its association with one of the world’s most desirable brands, if it’s good enough for Hermès, it’s good enough for us.

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