Yellow? Really? Of all the colours designers could have picked from the rainbow this season yellow isn’t really the one you’d expect. Traditionally a Spring/Summer shade, yellow has been thrown into the AW16 collections to brighten the colder months. It may be perceived as tricky to wear and difficult, depending on your complexion, to not look jaundiced, but as there are a multitude of shades to choose from, there’s nothing to fear.
Where summer’s shades were vibrant lemon tones, Autumn/Winter is all about muted mustard, turmeric, saffron and marigold (they sound delicious, almost good enough to eat, no?). Gucci, Stella McCartney, Burberry, Emilia Wickstead, Christopher Kane, Céline - the list goes on - all made yellow a cornerstone of their collections. Valentino and Arthur Arbesser went one step further when both showed stand-out saffron pieces hewn from velvet; two trends, one stone!
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And if you think that taking inspiration from the shows is a step too far, take it instead from the wonder that is Beyoncé, her billowing, ruffled gown from Roberto Cavalli in her ‘Hold Up’ video has spawned many copies on the high street that are perfect for making an entrance at any party, no baseball bat required (in fact, please do leave that at home).
If billowing chiffon is not your thing, there are less over-the-top ways to wear yellow this season. After its relaunch, which we’re a big fan of, Warehouse has a great selection of yellow pieces: patent shift and Celine inspired dress, anyone? Zara has hit the nail on the head with mustard over-the-knee boots and marigold athletic-inspired trousers. If top-to-toe colour is your thing Cedric Charlier’s knitted long sleeve dress and Gucci’s ruffles are for you.
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So whether you’re going to wear it head-to-toe or just a hint, here is our edit of the best yellow pieces for autumn 2016.