Sticking to one shade – and one shade only – seems to be fashion’s favourite thing at the moment. Earlier this month, Kim Kardashian West decided to run the gamut of yellow; choosing a palette of sunshine yellow, rich marigold and pale lemon to pose in.
First there was the top; a sheer, reverse racer-neck style tank in soft lemon yellow which hugged her bosom and gathered loosely the front. She paired this with an even tighter mini skirt in shocking neon yellow and a pair of pointy mismatched heels, one in buttercream croc and the other in the same neon hue. Accompanying the look was a quaint hair clip and Jacquemus’ h-IT bag, le petit Chiquito, in you guessed it, yellow.
A challenging look to pull off, even Kim had her critics, daughter North West seemingly disapproving of the look through a rack of clothing, but it set the tone for what is a fast-becoming the trend of Fashion Month.
Last week saw mighty bouts of monochrome colour on the New York runways, with Sies Marian, Sally LaPointe and Brandon Maxwell all championing tonal colour work.
In the case Marjan, it was deeply saturated and just splendid. One of the sartorial highs of NYFW, the designer elevated his off-kilter aesthetic with a high fashion spin; premium, refined and stylish (of course with that kick of Marjan zing), the whole collection was rooted in bold monochrome colour across myriad textures.
Brandon Maxwell did the same, sticking to one shade for several looks (others played with contrast), the forest green blazer, turtleneck and minty satin bias skirt a high point.
While cool label about town, Staud, also drenched models in one zingy hue; a bright blue boob tube and shiny Bermuda short a look we’re keen to replicate.
But perhaps it was Sally LaPointe’s spectacular show which was the ultimate example of monochrome colour done right (or rather, brilliantly), the designer serving us leather, sequins and wool in bold colour blocks of marigold, orange and turquoise.
Over in London, a similar one-colour sentiment is strong. Roksanda hued her models in bold brights, including a spectacular frilled red number with matching red slouchy boot.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi made a case for all-over neon, with a neon yellow shirt and pant combo in sheeny parachute fabric.
While in the streets of London, British-based renegade Natasha Zinko brought her brand of dissident glamour with an oversized aqua shirt and matching aqua cargo pant.
A tricky trend to pull off, the easiest way to muster monochrome colour is with a suit or co-ord set (takes the guesswork out of colour matching and is particularly good for those who are colour blind). Simply add an undergarment in the same shade and off you go – a one-colour-wonder to brighten any mood.