BEIGE - NOT SO BASIC ANYMORE

Fashion

SS19's reigning hue is more sophisticated than ever

A lightness of touch and neatness of finish dominated myriad fashion houses this season. The takeaways: the Eighties is still going strong and the colour of the season is beige. Christen it ‘contemporary oatmeal’ or ‘stony ground’, go as fancy as you desire, for the catwalks made it clear that good old beige was the ‘it’ colour this season. Our edit of the season’s best, for you: 

Burberry
Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection at the legendary British brand saw a reverence for the label’s classic patterns and silhouettes. The brand’s identity which has functioned as shorthand for a British ideal of refinement was cemented by Tisci. Not least in his use of ‘beige’ which represented a reimagination of classic refinement with a renewed sensuality. 

Balmain
The house showcased irresistible separates in the popular colour in Olivier Rousteing’s meeting of “Paris and Egypt” for the label’s SS19 collection. 

Fendi
Exaggerated tan leather pockets on a transparent vinyl raincoat set the tone for the show, with plenty of brown leather trimming beige ensembles. The tone set by Adwoa Aboah dominated Fendi’s SS19 collection featured in surprising cutouts and patterns. 

Tom Ford
The designer’s SS19 collection saw skirt suits paired with corsets, men’s jacket silhouettes cut in silk for women and lace slips peeking from the hem of skirts. The nod to a sensuous androgyny favoured beige in combinations that sought to blur the lines between the sexes. 

Prada
Miuccia Prada’s vision for SS19 sums up the brand’s attention to beige: “I wanted to break the rules of the classic. To discuss a wish of freedom, liberation and fantasy, and, on the other side, the extreme conservatism that is coming—the duality out there.” Beige, the colour of tradition is given a youthful makeover in Prada’s collection of baby doll dresses,  A-line tunics and bodysuits. 

Dior
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s contemporary dance extravaganza brought together the designer’s preoccupations on the two art forms, “I think that dance and fashion are very close, for they both speak about the body.” Beige, the colour of practice uniforms and bodysuits, is transformed with tulle, a performance fabric, in ethereal combinations.

No longer confined to the boardroom or to church, go wild and paint the town beige (!) with our picks of the season’s hottest colour.


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