When it’s not cited as too girly and feminine, it’s constantly criticised for being too tricky a colour to pull off (it’s true, pink sometimes does itself no favours).
But for autumn/winter 2015, gone is the Moschino Barbie girl Jeremy Scott brought to life last year, as designers introduced a fresh outlook on the colour, which felt and looked a lot more sophisticated, powerful and refined.
Pink first popped up across the pond at New York Fashion Week, followed by JW Anderson, Emilia Wickstead and Roksanda Illinic in London. While Fendi, who opened their show with Edie Campbell wearing a crimson playsuit, and Giorgio Armani led the way in Milan. Miuucia Prada played on pinks feminine connotations, by featuring pastel shades on masculine 70s suits as did Dolce and Gabbana, featuring beautiful puce midi dresses and soft washed out hues.
Even Karl Lagerfeld, who once warned, “think pink, but don’t wear it,” seemed to do a U-turn on the colour, and sent out a stunning Chanel collection bursting with floral embroidery, classic tweed jackets and layered tunic and trouser combos – all in the sweetest shades of pink. It’s fair to say there is something about pink which keeps fashion constantly coming back for more.
Pink has been on quite e journey through history. In the early 20th century, Elsa Schiaparelli accidently mixed white with the strong hue of magenta and voila - her iconic ‘shocking pink’ was born. Since then, pink has featured throughout popular culture. From Marilyn Monroe’s strapless, fuchsia dress in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,’ to Gwenyth Paltrow’s Ralph Lauren gown at the 1999 Oscars, which caused quite a stir at the time – just because it was pink.
However, for 2015, this new wave of pink is not girly, or in any way submissive. Schiaparelli’s shocking pink is not on the agenda, but do invest in crisp corals, creamy cherry blossoms and pastel peony pieces, which will stand out against darker shades in your wardrobe. If you’re feeling particularly daring, opt for a double breasted puce pink suit a la Prada or for a more general take on the trend follow Monique Lhillier’s example and try a pair of patent, cerise sandals. Pink has re-claimed its power for next season, in all 50 shades of the colour. In the words of outspoken feminist and fashion enthusiast, Miley Cyrus, “pink isn’t just a colour. It’s an attitude.”