London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear shows have officially kicked off this week and among the many designers showing, one thing seems to be the common trend on the runway – color, and lots of it. Colorblock is still present but designers are going beyond that and pairing multiple garments in similar shades, rather than contrasting colors. And they’re also infusing bold bursts of color into each and every garment. At Matthew Williamson we saw colorful prints mixed with solid brights. Model Anja Rubik donned an orange and white Japanese blossom print caftan/dress with a sharply tailored rust-colored blazer; then an orange ombré maxi dress with dyed ostrich feathers and lace for maximum color effect. Jonathan Saunders treated us to a ride along South Beach, with wispy, windy shades of pool blue paired with curlicue prints, and muted pops of colors like yellow and green used in ombré treatments. At Mulberry, creative director Emma Hill didn’t seem to mind the wet, dreary spring weather in London. Instead, she embraced it by injecting color into every item of clothing and each of their luxury handbags so even when the sun isn’t shining, the clothes/bags still are. Ice cream was served at the show and ice cream colors like shades of mint green, pink and lemon yellow, were served on the runway in large stripes, solids and of course in their handbags. At the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show held at Smithfields Market, we saw watercolor washes of tie dye – blue atop mustard yellow and white for cloud-like effect, plus single swaths of strong color. And at House of Holland, snake and large leopard prints were paired in dizzying mixtures of plaid, colorblock and ombré.
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