Pastel Trend Report

Elie Saab kept true to the pastel trend in multiple collections. Ready –to –wear Resort 2013 featured chic and brave shades of pastel lime, lavender and icy silver in structured silhouettes. A range of day and evening dresses and blouses displaying the ladylike shade are complimented by trousers and blazers in contrasting greys and splashes of beaded glitz. Meanwhile, Saab’s Haute Couture Spring Summer 2012 collection was lady-like pastel through and through. A spectrum of white, green, blue, salmon, beige, lemon and pink was seen on a collection of dresses in varying styles; pieces appropriate for pool-side, bar-side and evening.

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The Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 show was as much about lady-like femineity as were the shades of pastel featured in the collection. Models were presented on-top a carousel of white horses and a music-box melody. Pieces featured a turn Parisian influence with eyelet lace, pastel-coloured organza layers, macaroon-like skirts and ultra-feminine hemlines. Tres tres chic!

Fashion Weekly’s very own Sugar Queen shoot perfectly emphasises the pastel trend to the most lady like of proportions. ‘A world of sugar and spice and everything nice. A fairy land filled with whimsical dreams and vintage elegance. A wardrobe of pastel colours and femineity.’ Need more be said? The shoot saw a come-back of vintage hemlines and the dainty capped sleeve. Florals, lace, organza and drifting feathers in shades of pink, green, and white are complemented with boldly coloured statement necklaces and earrings. The Spring Racing Carnival and influences of the 50’s saw a persuasion towards box purses and matching cropped jackets while make-up and accessories were kept intimately feminine.

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So how is the pastel trend best taken from runway to wardrobe? This is one of the few trends able to be worn en masse, don’t be afraid to brave head-to-toe colour in pastel shades. Think lady-like stilettoes with pointed toes, knee-length hemlines, dainty florals, hats and classic purses. Try pairing jackets and flowing dresses for day wear, skirts and soft blouses for the office, or structured trousers and a floral-print bustier for the evening. Experiment with fabric textures; soft feathers, light felts, flowing organza, structured linen and layers of lace upon silk make for the most classic yet sophisticated take on the pastel trend. Add a modern twist with over-sized sun glasses or practical ballet flats to truly emphasise this girly shade. This style is all about being daring with feminine beauty and embracing the true female form; and it’s a good excuse to be overly chic!

Pastels are popping up everywhere this spring. Ladies’ luncheons, cup day, picnics, the office and Friday afternoon cocktails with the girls are all perfect excuses to implement the pastel trend. Don’t let princesses have all the fun!

To see our Sugar Queen Shoot click here.