By: Emily Yakashiro
Above: Image of the Miu Miu Spring 2014 collection found here.
One thing I bemoan most about the fashion in Vancouver where I live is the lack of colour. It’s very neutral here, very inspired-by-nature. Very, well, boring in my never-humble opinion. So I thought I’d do a little ode to colour–inspired by the Miu Miu Spring 2014 collection. When I saw this show I was totally inspired (not by the diversity of the show, let’s be clear: the catwalk featured hardly any models of colour which is deplorable) by the colour palettes shown. The collection may be for Spring complete with fair-weather colours, but with the layers and tights shown, I think that I’ll be sporting some of their inspired colour combinations now. Vancouver, get ready.
Combo 1: scarlet, pale blush, pale nude, orchid
The colour palette if this one is actually relatively neutral: beiges and nudes with a light blush pink come off as polished, not carnival-esque. Where you get the crazy colour in this outfit is in the tights and shoes. Same colour tights and shoes seems crazy, but why not? It’s different, and will elongate the leg. The eggplant purple of the watch add something extra without too much, and the earrings tie everything together.
Madewell pink mini dress, 110 CAD / Monki cardigan, 56 CAD / Pure + Good red pantyhose, 15 CAD / Red flat shoes, 31 CAD / Mulberry handbag, 2,375 CAD / Kate Spade watch, 200 CAD / Johnny Loves Rosie purple jewelry, 35 CAD
Combo 2: Dandelion yellow, camel, black, light dove grey
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about wearing a plethora of colours together, it’s accessorize. Oftentimes I’ll wear a silk scarf (from a thrift store of course) or jewelry (like a costume necklace or earrings) that has a bunch of colours in it that effectively brings a whole look together, like we see with the earrings in the first outfit and the purse below.
Ter Et Bantine sweater, 665 CAD / Haider Ackermann coat, 1,020 CAD / Warehouse skirt, 42 CAD / Topshop shoes, 340 CAD / Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag, 515 CAD / Pim + Larkin flower stretch ring, 27 CAD / Jonathan Adler scarve, 85 CAD
Combo 3: Light slate grey, black, cherry red, pale orchid
With the look above we’ve got two wild colours: the cherry red and pale orchid. But against a more conservative colour like the light slate grey, the colours are tamed somewhat. Plus, black tights anchor the whole look, so much so that it’s okay to break out those black lace (or otherwise patterned) tights you have.
Sweater, 42 CAD / Coat, 580 CAD / J.Crew long purple skirt, 135 CAD / H&M black pantyhose, 13 CAD / River Island handbag, 66 CAD / White bracelet, 505 CAD / ALDO necklace, 19 CAD / BeckSöndergaard scarve, 115 CAD
Combo 4: Pale grey, ivory, cherry red, green
Red and green with white tights? If someone were to describe this look to me, I’d write it off as way too Christmas-y. Seeing this look, however, shows how some masterful styling can bring together taboo colour palettes. Below I’ve made the green a grey-ish seafoam green and added grey accessories which makes the whole look polished, not festive.
SEN green turtleneck sweater, 30 CAD / Miss Selfridge mini skirt, 45 CAD / Look From London sheer nylon stocking, 23 CAD / Robert Clergerie ankle booties, 730 CAD / Kate Spade square stud earrings, 27 CAD / Alice Olivia scarve, 305 CAD / MAC Cosmetics , 15 CAD / Essie orange nail polish, 8.04 CAD / Oliver Peoples Sheldrake Sun, 420 CAD
All images of Miu Miu outfits from Style.com here.