Okay, so this time we’re going a bit darker! After discussing all the fantastically warm and bright colours that would be coming our way for our the Autumn/ Winter wardrobes, we’re about to be convinced that hey, there’s nothing wrong with just a little bit of dark! And by dark I mean navy! Now it’s quite a diplomatic colour if you think about it. It’s not dull or mournful, but cool and sophisticated. Plus, it’s the cut and the combination that counts as designers have proved in their shows featuring this deep blue shade!
Let’s start from Dries Van Noten’s collection, where navy was the absolute star of the show. Navy dresses, navy jumpers, navy striped midi dresses, navy trousers, you name it! And that’s not all! Van Noten’s navy designs came with a delightful twist, thanks to the bright magenta and white floral embroidery on the navy blazers and coats or the bright striped skirt styled with the navy jumper.
For Hermes Christopher Lamaire also used navy efficiently but his pieces although minimal are elegant particularly his trouser suits in pure dark navy, navy midi skirt or a short jacket that were styled with paler pieces in beige or white which gave the dark colour a refreshing contrast.
This was also repeated at Chloe with a dark navy jumper and graphic skirt. Chloe’s Clare Waight Keller also placed navy against brighter blues on sleeves of midi dresses, on a top that became a kind of frame of a graphic collage or part of a sporty jumpsuit mixed with black and light blue.
Navy was also mixed in Phoebe Philo’s AW13 collection for Celine presented as an oversized jumper mixed with navy and grey stripes but primarily she preferred the colour for her skirts, occasional matching jumpers as well as the odd fur coat!
And since we’re on the subject of coats, not only have Dries Van Noten and Celine proven it as a fashionable colour to wear out on a cold day, but also navy coats were seen at Nina Ricci whose design was simple and at Paul & Joe where they were combined with gold buttons. The navy coat by Hermes stood out with its black stripes and fur.Navy was also seen at the Calvin Klein show, tailored into a striped jacket with a leather belt. Chloe switches from a darker to a brighter shade of navy that includes zippered short jacket.
In terms of interesting cuts and materials, Waight Keller did something a little different. Her midi dresses were layered with extra straps, padding or sheer material in navy, sometimes combined with light blue or black. This layered look with the deep shade made the outfits sophisticated. Even her all navy mechanic style jumpsuit looked elegant in this colour.
Nina Ricci’s collection featured an interesting silhouette in navy that could only be described as a cross between the skater skirt trend and 1950′s couture consisting of a wide skater skirt and short jacket. Meanwhile Calvin Klein used navy coloured leather to create a sleeveless top, the look was tough and defiant. While at Miu Miu we saw navy take an interesting turn in the form of high necked zippered jumper dresses that were of midi length.
Well I guess it just comes to show that you can certainly keep warm in a cold colour! Cool shades can look so fresh! And dark doesn’t mean gloomy! So I hope you’ll be considering a navy piece or two for those colder days, not because the colour is safe, because it’s not! It’s amazingly suave.