From the time of being mistaken as the member of the Holland football team or worker at building site, orange and its vivid shades are quietly becoming fashion’s favourite shades.
Moreover, the shade is replacing the quintessential black as the new “power colour”, as well.
Speaking on the same, Neeta Lulla, a designer says, “The hue is popping up in all shades from tangerine and sherbert to bright, punchy hues like mandarin and apricot. One of the most prominent hues hitting the runway is a deep, cinnamon colour that has sexy and warm undertones.”
Adding further, the designer said, “No matter what the shade may be, the good news is that oranges are being used in everything from chic menswear-inspired suits to swingy dresses.”
“A dose of orange in your wardrobe is like a sartorial Prozac - happiness on a hanger. It has got a bad rap for being “difficult” to wear but once you start exploring its many shades, you’re sure to find something between DayGlo and rusty terracotta that suits your complexion. Temper a vivid orange with grey or pair a coral tone with white for a fresh, modern look.”
But the question is why are we being drawn to orange, which was once avoided for safer shades such as black? Designer Mandira Bedi answers, “There is certain exoticness to this shade and besides us, many other cultures are now embracing different shades of orange too. We are so much more attuned to other cultures that embrace colour.”
“The easiest way to work the trend into your wardrobe is with suede; there’s no shortage of the fabric on the high street both in its faux and original form. Outerwear in warm cinnamon shades are an investment buy, but to incorporate the colour more sympathetically, opt for accessories,” she adds.
Another popular designer Pria Kataaria Puri suggests, “Earthy shades are ideal to mix and match but if that’s a little adventurous, separates can easily be paired with more modest basics.”
Agreeing with Pria, designer Archana Kochhar adds, “The hue can work with brighter colors (too) by creating the coolest colour combo consisting of hot pink and burnt orange - which goes to show that no matter how moody the hue is, a punchy pink pairs well with it.
“Talking about its wearability with regards to changing seasons, designer Farah Sanjana points out, “Orange might be a colour more traditionally associated with the summer months. But this season, it’s been reworked for colder climes. Brighter shades of tangerine and coral are a good fit for when the mercury rises and for Fall it’s all about earthier shades; think warm and comforting hues of terracotta.”
Orange has become the new pink for men, says designer Ridhi Arora.
“From burnt orange, citric orange, rust, tangerine, amber, carrot to ginger, pumpkin, apricot, coral, papaya, vermillion, cinnabar and peach - you have a huge colour story to narrate your sartorial take on the trend. However, if you’re not bold enough to wear orange knitwear or trousers, you can always wear a splash of colour in socks, tie or pocket-square,” Ridhi concludes.
By Phani Ch