As we all remember from grade school art class, primary colors red, blue and yellow can be combined to create any color in the universe. But this season, designers decided to keep their mixing palettes at bay and let the originals shine. Saturated, true hues were seen on not a few runways and provided a nice respite from the typical earth tones and neutrals that usually rule fall. Take a color trip and check out some of these vibrant looks.
This look is so chic and yet modern at the same time, which is what we're all going for, right? I have a feeling that tied sleeves are about to become a covetable trend du jour.
Nina Ricci Image: IMAXtree
Embellished and Beautiful
I see this and I think of a seriously hot number that isn't seriously revealing — which is a good thing! You can be a lady in an adorned shift in a bold color, but still feel youthful and potent. Of course, the effect is Dolce and Gabbana's calling card.
Sleeve details, rich velvet and deep red all add up to a top that would have amazing versatility in any fall wardrobe. Pair it with other colors as seen here or keep it simple with a black and winter white combinations.
Carolina Herrera Image: IMAXtree
Look for bold primaries in patterns if you're at all hesitant about head-to-toe color. This tribal pattern seen on Kenzo's fall runway means that ethnic prints are still happening in a big way. They're getting an update with these hues.
Iridescent additions let you shine bright no matter the time of day or night. If you can find a similar piece, pick it up, fast. I'm betting that these hologram effects will be hitting stores soon.
Milly image: IMAXtree
Simple, yet not boring. That's what color does to a basic shape like the shift dress. This is probably the easiest instant-outfit piece you'll ever own, so get one!
Missoni image: IMAXtree
Here's another example of gorgeous hue doing all of the talking. You can keep it simple with this runway styling, or by all means add a statement necklace or earrings.
Valentino Image: IMAXtree
Just a Peek
Still not wanting to go all out? No problem. Look for brightly colored linings that allow you to show off something special and unexpected when you take your coat off.
Rebecca Minkoff image: IMAXtree
Obviously, looks directly from the runway might be outside of a real-girl budget. That's why accessories are a key way to incorporate trends affordably. A bright yellow bag could be just the thing to spice up a neutral outfit.
Sass & Bide image: IMAXtree
Leave it to Versace to create something that's total fantasy. Part neon sign, part punk girl in technicolor, I dare you to give a patent yellow dress a try.