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Our Ultimate Color Trend Breakdown — Spring Is Brighter Than Ever

Apr 6 2013 - 11:00am

Spring is here, and its vibrant forecast has us dreaming of all the ways to style up an outfit that perfectly reflects its rainbow hues. This season, embrace a spectrum of bright, bold hues and a serious mix of luxurious navy blues, icy grays, and jeweled purples to tag along. Among the ROYGBIV runway standouts? Oscar de la Renta [1]'s shocking pink, Rag & Bone's neon green, Phillip Lim's rich cobalt blue, Michael Kors [2]'s saturated lemon yellow, Alexander Wang [3]'s crisp blacks and whites, and Proenza Schouler [4]'s lacquered-up red. Click through now to experience our ultimate color trend breakdown firsthand.

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Not-So-Mellow Yellow

The xanthophobic need not tread any further — the sheer brightness of Spring 2013's take on yellow is off the charts. Think lemon drops, sunshine, and sweet baby chicks . . . that's the kind of yellow we're referring to. Don't be deterred by its bold outlook, though. What we love most about this latest rendition of yellow is its ability to be more than just a loud hue, as showcased by Oscar de la Renta [21]'s lacy sheaths and Alice + Olivia's slick pantsuits.

From left to right: Oscar de la Renta, Alice + Olivia, and Michael Kors

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Oscar de la Renta

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

DKNY [22]

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Alice + Olivia

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Michael Kors

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Jenni Kayne

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Tory Burch

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Derek Lam

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Chris Benz

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Lela Rose

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Kate Spade

Crisp White

Sure, white is one of those noncolors that never really goes out of style, but this latest crop of minimalist white pieces gives us even more reason to wear it head to toe. Breezy white blouses, structural LWDs, crisp leather toppers, and everything in between — the Spring '13 white is one that really has infinite styling possibilities.

From left to right: Diane von Furstenberg [23], Alexander Wang [24], and Helmut Lang

Crisp White

Alexander Wang

Crisp White

Diane von Furstenberg

Crisp White

Christian Siriano

Crisp White

Elizabeth and James

Crisp White

Vera Wang

Crisp White

Victoria Beckham [25]

Crisp White

Helmut Lang

Crisp White

Catherine Malandrino

Crisp White

Diesel [26] Black Gold

Crisp White

Cushnie et Ochs

Shades of Green

Not to state the obvious, but we're pretty sure some of Spring 2013's verdant wares will, in fact, make you green with envy. Our favorite shades to emerge? Kelly green, forest green, seafoam green, and a gorgeous soft spearmint green. Mix it up — wear your darker shades via a flowy chiffon sundress for daytime and a brighter shade in a sexy minidress iteration for cocktail hour.

From left to right: Michael Kors [27], Vera Wang [28], and Reem Acra

Shades of Green

Michael Kors

Shades of Green

Vera Wang

Shades of Green

Rag & Bone

Shades of Green

Charlotte Ronson

Shades of Green

Reem Acra

Shades of Green

Alice + Olivia

Shades of Green

J. Mendel

Shades of Green

Lela Rose

Shades of Green

Zac Posen

Shades of Green

Ralph Lauren

Red Hot

It's going to be a siren affair come Spring 2013, and we've got the fiery red pieces to prove it. Proenza Schouler [29] showed off a shiny engine red version, while Ralph Lauren [30] channeled a sophisticated Spain-inspired cherry red. However you spin it, these reds are sexier than ever.

From left to right: Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren, and Prabal Gurung

Red Hot

Proenza Schouler

Red Hot

Anna Sui

Red Hot

Prabal Gurung

Red Hot

The Row

Red Hot

Marissa Webb

Red Hot

Victoria Beckham [31]

Red Hot

Lacoste [32]

Red Hot

Narciso Rodriguez

Red Hot

Marc Jacobs

Red Hot

Ralph Lauren

Purple Reign

Along with a resurgence of pretty pastels and pinks, ladylike purple has also returned to Spring's main stage. In bright royal purple, satin-finished violet, and a poppy color that makes you wish you had a party to wear it to, this time around, purple isn't just for the ultrafeminine set.

From left to right: Elizabeth and James [33], Vera Wang [34], and J. Mendel

Purple Reign

Vera Wang

Purple Reign

Ralph Lauren

Purple Reign

J. Mendel

Purple Reign

Edun [35]

Purple Reign

Elizabeth and James

Pretty in Pink

Even the girliest styler should prepare for Spring's electric shock of pinks — with Oscar de la Renta [36]'s vibrant candy pink version leading the way. We love how rich these pinks are, which certainly accounts for its more refined feel instead of a youthful one.

From left to right: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Oscar de la Renta, and Marchesa [37]

Pretty in Pink

Oscar de la Renta

Pretty in Pink

Donna Karan

Pretty in Pink

J.Crew

Pretty in Pink

Honor

Pretty in Pink

Narciso Rodriguez

Pretty in Pink

3.1 Phillip Lim

Pretty in Pink

Marchesa [38]

Pretty in Pink

Kate Spade

Pretty in Pink

Jenni Kayne

Pretty in Pink

Lela Rose

Sorbet Pastels

What's a warm-weather season without its pretty pastel complements? Thus, a flurry of sorbet-inspired colors — see Karen Walker [39] and Charlotte Ronson [40] for perfect shades of orange sherbet and cotton candy yellow — have popped up to fill that soft, creamy color void.

From left to right: Karen Walker, Wes Gordon [41], and Charlotte Ronson

Sorbet Pastels

Wes Gordon

Sorbet Pastels

Anna Sui

Sorbet Pastels

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti

Sorbet Pastels

Karen Walker

Sorbet Pastels

Helmut Lang

Sorbet Pastels

Sophie Theallet

Sorbet Pastels

Rodarte [42]

Sorbet Pastels

Victoria, Victoria Beckham [43]

Sorbet Pastels

Charlotte Ronson

Sorbet Pastels

Rebecca Taylor

Orange Rush

If last Spring was all about fluorescent neons, then next Spring is all about bold saturated hues. Don't expect a Day-Glo orange, but rather an electric matte version that looks just as polished on a structured jacket as it does on a sweeping lace-infused evening gown.

From left to right: J. Mendel, Helmut Lang [44], and Carolina Herrera

Orange Rush

Carolina Herrera

Orange Rush

Rachel Comey

Orange Rush

Sophie Theallet

Orange Rush

Kate Spade

Orange Rush

J. Mendel

Orange Rush

Helmut Lang

Orange Rush

Tracy Reese

Orange Rush

Rachel Zoe [45]

Orange Rush

Jenny Packham

Orange Rush

Naeem Khan

Icy Tones

You feel that Spring chill? It comes courtesy of a fresh batch of icy-cool tones. Think muted grays and silvers mixed with barely-there pinks — it's a paler palette that allows for neutral styling and easier layering options.

From left to right: Prabal Gurung [46], Reed Krakoff [47], and Donna Karan

Icy Tones

Prabal Gurung

Icy Tones

Victoria, Victoria Beckham [48]

Icy Tones

Zac Posen

Icy Tones

Marchesa [49]

Icy Tones

Diesel [50] Black Gold

Icy Tones

Reed Krakoff

Icy Tones

Lela Rose

Icy Tones

Donna Karan

Icy Tones

Altuzarra [51]

Icy Tones

Marc Jacobs

All About Olive

Forget your preconceived notion of military-style khaki green, this enriched take on olive green puts a warm-toned spin on everything from eveningwear to slick shorts suits. Take Altuzarra [52]'s embellished olive green or Derek Lam [53]'s minimalist interpretation — there is more than one way to wear this transitional shade.

From left to right: Altuzarra, Derek Lam, and Belstaff [54]

All About Olive

Altuzarra [55]

All About Olive

Belstaff [56]

All About Olive

Derek Lam

All About Olive

Edun [57]

All About Olive

Yigal Azrouel

All About Olive

Boy. by Band of Outsiders

All About Olive

Zac Posen

All About Olive

Theyskens' Theory

Natural and Nude

Along with the brighter colors (mainly the yellows and citrons of Spring), there was also an abundance of nude-toned dresses to hit the NYFW runways. We think the light flesh-toned hue is subtle, sweet, and totally sexy — click through and you'll understand why.

From left to right: Victoria Beckham [58], Jill Stuart [59], and Marc Jacobs

Natural and Nude

Tracy Reese

Natural and Nude

Jill Stuart

Natural and Nude

Victoria Beckham [60]

Natural and Nude

Alexander Wang

Natural and Nude

Alice + Olivia

Natural and Nude

Marc Jacobs

Natural and Nude

Reed Krakoff

Natural and Nude

Yigal Azrouel

Natural and Nude

Tommy Hilfiger

Natural and Nude

Belstaff [61]

Cool Navy Blue

Despite what you may think about a traditional Spring palette, there was room enough for shades of luxurious navy blues, too. We love the juxtaposition of a darker, albeit totally cool, shade of blue to mix up our brighter warm-weather wares with — especially if it looks anything like that gorgeous starry Jason Wu [62] gown.

From left to right: Oscar de la Renta [63], Jason Wu, and Anna Sui

Cool Navy Blue

Jason Wu

Cool Navy Blue

Michael Kors

Cool Navy Blue

J. Mendel

Cool Navy Blue

The Row

Cool Navy Blue

Monique Lhuillier

Cool Navy Blue

Derek Lam

Cool Navy Blue

Anna Sui

Cool Navy Blue

Oscar de la Renta

Cool Navy Blue

Marchesa [64]

Cool Navy Blue

Theyskens' Theory

Citron Pop

Not quite neon, not quite lime-hued, and not quite lemon fresh, this pop of citron made its presence known just by being the new color on the block. We saw it take form in a high-octane lacquer iteration at Proenza Schouler [65], a saturated matte version at Rachel Comey [66], and a softer diaphanous number at Diane von Furstenberg [67]. What's so great about citron is that it inherently becomes its own statement — no extra styling needed.

From left to right: Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, and Rachel Comey

Citron Pop

Diane von Furstenberg

Citron Pop

Marchesa [68]

Citron Pop

Mara Hoffman

Citron Pop

Rachel Comey

Citron Pop

Tracy Reese

Citron Pop

Proenza Schouler

Citron Pop

Marissa Webb

Citron Pop

3.1 Phillip Lim

Citron Pop

Zac Posen

Citron Pop

J.Crew

Metallic Shine

A little bit of shine can go a long way, a point proven again and again on the Spring 2013 runways. In as much, Diane von Furstenberg [69] injected bronzed shine via slinky silky separates, Rodarte [70] sent out dramatic silver dresses, and Derek Lam [71] gave us a metallic yellow pencil skirt that we're counting down the days to wear.

From left to right: Diane von Furstenberg, Rodarte, and Derek Lam

Metallic Shine

Diane von Furstenberg

Metallic Shine

Alexander Wang

Metallic Shine

Vera Wang

Metallic Shine

Rodarte [72]

Metallic Shine

Altuzarra [73]

Metallic Shine

Derek Lam

Metallic Shine

Peter Som

Metallic Shine

Reed Krakoff

Metallic Shine

Elizabeth and James

Metallic Shine

Prabal Gurung

Bold in Black

It's no secret that the all-black uniform is a perennial chic favorite, but come Spring, the sleek go-with-everything hue is taking on everything from Calvin Klein [74]'s cone-bra LBD to Theyskens' Theory's tailored jacket-meets-dress. We couldn't think of a sexier way to wear black in warmer temps.

From left to right: Calvin Klein, DKNY [75], and Theyskens' Theory

Bold in Black

Calvin Klein

Bold in Black

Tibi [76]

Bold in Black

DKNY [77]

Bold in Black

Michael Kors

Bold in Black

Alexander Wang

Bold in Black

Jason Wu

Bold in Black

Theyskens' Theory

Bold in Black

Hervé Léger

Bold in Black

Holmes & Yang

Bold in Black

Prabal Gurung

Cobalt Blue on Blast

For Spring 2013, these blues aren't necessarily keeping their cool. According to the likes of Peter Som [78], Phillip Lim, and the design duo behind Cushnie et Ochs [79], it's about projecting a bold attitude via a rich cobalt blue luster.

From left to right: Peter Som, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Cushnie et Ochs

Cobalt Blue on Blast

3.1 Phillip Lim

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Nonoo

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Cushnie et Ochs

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Proenza Schouler

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Tommy Hilfiger

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Peter Som

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Boy. by Band of Outsiders

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Rebecca Taylor

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Vera Wang

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Tory Burch


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