The majority of the catwalks played it safe with colour this season, with some quite sombre and brooding in their choice of colour, (or lack of), for example, Alexander Wang. The uniform and military trends also played a strong part in influencing colour for Spring Summer 2015, with many opting for harmony rather than shock, through the clever use of neutrals, with blacks and nearly blacks, all shades of white, greys, beige and variations on utility khakis. That said the reduced colour palettes only served to sharpen the focus on the actual presentations and the message the designers wished to communicate.
There were a great many designers who chose to show their collections in only one or two monotone colours, whether that was all black, all white, all red or all denim. Then there were others (Margaret Howell and Calvin Klein) who opted to use only one or two neutrals and then add in to great effect, one or two very strong pop colours. Bottega Veneta used an assortment of beautifully soft neutrals, which followed outfits in shades of indigo and navy. Whereas Marc Jacobs used almost exclusively pastels for his resort presentation. The most daring and riotous use of colour was undoubtedly Moschino, where there was a psychedelic mix of acid bright primaries, used to display an anarchic mix of print and pattern.
Trend Illustrated’s guide to the key colours of Spring Summer 2015
1. Wine red shades
2. Emergency Red
3. Petrol Blue
4. Teal Green
5. All shades of Indigo from violet to double dip blue
6. Black and White either together or alone
7. Lustrous metallic colours – especially bronze and silver
8. Pastel shades and Neutrals
9. Psychedelic primary brights