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Fall / Winter 2009 Colour Splash

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If you missed the fall/winter 2009 fashion showing early this year, don’t fret, Penny will share with you her choice looks this season!

An article by Penny V

Colour SplashCast away the doom and gloom that fall and winter might bring because some of the bigwigs of the fashion industry are bringing a splash of colour into your wardrobe!

We also seem to be going through a time warm this year, as the eighties are in full swing with its big-shoulders and bright neon-hues that will chase away any recession-induced frown. When Marc Jacobs presented his fall/winter 2009 ready-to-wear collection earlier this year, he noted that he wanted people to remember the simple joys of dressing up.

How can you not be in a good mood, when you’re sporting Day-Glo?

Marc Jacobs is the man who can do just that. His show introduced his current status quo, braces and the back half of a kilt, while working his way through high-wasted jeans, jackets with shoulder pads you could swing from and full skirts and dresses in leather and floral brocade. Don’t forget the coats and capes.

While some detractors have noted that it’s a little over the top, we love it because what better way to fight the season’s blahs and financial woes then with loads of colour and volume – the bigger the better! Not just waxing crayola, it had a rock edge to pull it all together. So whip out some hair-spray for massive hair flip or bouffant and some bright eyeshadow to go along with it. If you need some inspiration look back to, Debbie Harry from Blondie is always fabulous.

For something slinkier and elegant, but still vibrant in colour, Donatella Versace laid out some gorgeous gems, minus the over-indulgent golds and logos, which was a huge plus in our books.

Colour SplashVersace focused on beautifully draped long dresses, beautifully fitted coats and artfully-fitted skinny pants. Dresses were flowly and almost greek-goddess like. With some subtle bling and thigh-high slits it definitely hit the right notes, as each dress skims curves in all the right places. It was all very old-Hollywood chic. The collection is also studded with some fabulously smoky hues that just about melts right onto you.

For more sensible and subtle pops of colour, Dries Van Noten based his collections colours on Francis Bacon’s paintings: shrimp pink, beige, ocher orange and mauve. Always one for daily casual refinement over editorial couture pieces, Van Noten offered suitably draped day dresses, buttery soft coats, fluid pants and blouses that skim just so.

With his unique colour-scheme, each piece had an almost raw edge in its simplicity and was far from boring. Subtlety and simplicity can still be a joy to behold.

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