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Fifty shades of green

A green parade. Photo by The Nation

Publication Date : 10-01-2013


From tender shoots to striking emerald, green is the colour to be seen in this hot season


This year, it's not only the tree-huggers who'll be shouting out green slogans. Fashionistas will be joining the green parade too as this vibrant colour comes back into style in shades ranging from deep forest through emerald to light jade and lime zest.

Many high-end fashion runways have already showcased spring and summer 2013 collections in this rich shade, among them those designed by Stella McCartney, Dolce and Gabbana, Marni, Gucci, Burberry, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Coach, and Dior.

Stella McCartney's collection plays with geometry in fresh and optimistic colours. The tailoring is tapered, touching the hips, defined by boxed-in jackets and paired with green cropped sleeves and trousers. Print also plays on scale in deep green on fluid crepe de chine. Circular cuts add a twist to traditional patterns. Clutches are in giant emerald gem shapes.

Chanya Tokrisna, brand manager of Stella McCartney in Thailand, says the collection focuses on two shades of green: fresh and military.

"Thai people love colourful clothes and the spring/summer outfits continue the flow of liveliness that we saw in the cruise collection. Wearing all green will properly not be quite right for the Asian skin tone but there are plenty of opportunities to mix and match with other colours like white, black or even with denim. This will be fun."

Free-spirited individuality and rules clash harmoniously in the Marni Edition for summer 2013. The silhouette is neat: to the knee or to the ankle, flaring slightly from the waist down. The colour palette is essential, notes of navy blue, cream, light blue are accented with shades bright red and Formica green. A shirt of deep green with contrasting collars turns into a jacket worn over slouchy trousers. Stylish green flat sandals with cross bands and thick soles are a must have.

The Mulberry catwalk collection takes us back to the '70s with a colour palette that draws on the traditions of rural England - a spectrum of neutrals, countryside-inspired blossom pastels, alongside intense flora-inspired bright apricot and mint. Celebrating timeless leather craft with its shapes, style, and detailing, the Willow collection stands for elegant and practical luxury. The tote has a front face envelope clutch that can be zip-detached, fulfilling two multi-wear functions in one style.

Burberry menswear mixes textures, colours, and prints for a fresh take on traditional seasonal grooming. A luxury brand with a distinctive British sensibility, it opts for a scholarly approach to this collection. Striking green tones are present in the label's range of trenches, suit jackets, shirts, neckties and trousers.

Frida Giannini of Gucci drew inspiration from the house's Flora pattern to revisit the silhouette, volumes and colours of the late '60s and early '70s, offering fully embroidered mini and maxi tunic dresses in pastel silk georgette with alternating rows of diamond crystals and stones. Topaz, jade, and coral are reminis

cent of a summer bouquet. Ultra precious necklines allude to the flora pattern through the three-dimensional use of jewels, stones, and beads, paired with understated, low-heeled sandals.

Louis Vuitton's 2013 season sees an exploration of colour, worked together or balanced against neutrals. The colours show in prints, which offers a take on the Gaston Vuitton "V" logo treated like a windblown sail in Matisse interpretations, and Louis Vuitton's graphic Masai check in new colour ways.

Coach, a favourite with Thai fashionistas, also loves green. The men's collection for spring is inspired by heritage and comes in artisanal leathers, yet is updated with modern forms and functions.

The new colour blocking makes a statement and updates the core collection. Deep green is amongst the vivid hues. Novelty tech items such as the moulded iPhone and iPad cases are beautifully formed in smooth and durable glove-tanned leather and dyed in the vibrant new colours of the season.

"For Thai men, the trend to purchase more colourful fashion products is notable. Although black, grey and brown are still firm favourites, a year ago they started to opt for orange products. Green for this year is considered stylish and Coach's shade of green will match well with male attire, even colourful socks," notes Ninlawan Pornmingmas, Coach's brand manager.

Emerald green has also appeared in Christian Dior's timepieces. The Dior VII Baguette 33mm collection is enriched with new pastel shades and comes in white and black ceramic. Like cocktail dresses, coloured bezels are adorned with baguette amethysts, peridots or aquamarines.

The size and setting of the stones make this timepiece as refined on the inside as on the outside, revealing an engraved sapphire crystal oscillating weight matching the colour of the stones on the bezel.


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