Style file: It’s all about colour this spring

Emily Jayne, personal stylist and all-round lover of sparkly pretty geeky cool stuff is today’s guest blogger.

Here’s her colourful review of  Spring /Summer the Harvey Nichols Birmingham Catwalk Show

Birmingham fashionistas were out in force at the end of March for the Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer catwalk show. The luxury store’s seasonal events have been one of the highlights of the fashion calendar for a while now, but this particular show was by far the most impressive yet, with a move to a huge new venue in the Old Post Office at the Mailbox, and a dazzling catwalk display of designer clothing and accessories worn by gorgeous models (including Britain’s Next Top Model winner Jade) followed by a champagne-fuelled 15% off shopping extravaganza in-store, with scrummy canapés provided by Hotel La Tour.

Spring is the time when the sun (hopefully!) comes out to banish the dull, grey days of Winter to the depths of our memory and most of us feel like filling our wardrobes with a bit more colour! So, here are my top three colour trends this season from the Harvey Nichols Birmingham Spring / Summer 2013 show, and how to wear them.


Admittedly not technically colourful, monochrome is nonetheless a huge trend for the upcoming season. Although black and white are usually staples in most women’s wardrobes, Spring / Summer 13 sees them either combined in blocks, or head-to-toe for a strong, clean look – it’s unusual to see quite so much black for summer in lightweight fabrics, which keeps this trend looking fresh. As a general rule mixed monochrome can be a bit easier to wear than head to toe white or black, which some people can find washes them out, but if you’re fair then you’ll probably find white easier to wear, and if you have deeper, stronger colouring then black will look stunning on you.

Neon Brights

Possibly the boldest colour trend and one that people generally find a little scary, clashing neon brights will lend a tone of edgy fun to your new season wardrobe.  If head to toe neon seems like a little too much for you, try mixing neon accessories into your neutral wardrobe, or wearing one ‘wow’ piece of neon. Also think about whether you are brave want to go for a full on clash of warm and cool colours (say, tangerine and fuchsia or lavender and lemon yellow) or a more tonal effect (e.g. tangerine and lemon yellow or fuchsia and lavender) which is a little less ‘out there’ but a great way of introducing some brights.

Foil Metallics

We usually think of sparkle for our winter wardrobes, but this year the metallics are carrying on through to the Spring and Summer months, and what girl doesn’t like the luxurious feeling of a bit of glitz? Think softer, textured pewter and copper woven fabrics along-side shiny, bold foil effects for a multi-dimensional look. Don’t be overwhelmed by the metallic trend – those with softer colouring will look best echoing this softer look with the muted, textured metallics, whilst those who are more vibrant will get away with the boldest of foiled looks.

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