THE NEW NAVY: THREE WAYS TO EMBRACE FALL’S CHICEST ALTERNATE TO BLACK
Read on for tips on how to embrace the shade and rock it in your own way.
1.Wear it Head to Toe
Unlike audacious yellow and red, dark-blue looks good on practically everyone and also makes a subtle statement. Hilary Swank picked up her second Oscar for Best Actress in a backless, carpet-sweeping navy Guy Larouche gown (much to the chagrin of Calvin Klein, with whom she had an advertising deal at the time). No matter, as the next year Calvin Klein ended up dressing The Devil Wears Prada alum Emily Blunt in a sequined, sapphire number. Other Oscar hits include a (then) newly single Reese Witherspoon in a show-stopping deep amethyst confection by Olivier Theyskens. Ryan Phillippe, eat your heart out!
2. It’s All About the Silhouette
A neat, I –Line silhouette makes navy contemporary (now would be the time to curb any bizarre taffeta tendencies). It also doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on not just what colours designer’s team navy with, but also the other shades in their spectrum. Marc Jacobs’ collections often feature delicious shades of berry, wine and yellow (generally navy’s most complimentary colour), while Erdem infuses the hue with a livelier shot. His Resort 2016 prettily punctuates 3D florals, pleats and a burst of comic-book tones.
3. Modesty Matters
Navy’s endured a bad rap of late. An unsung hero, it’s a shade that can all-too-easily be linked to uniform- from school blazers, to military dress, and the austere suits donned by Eurostar stewardesses-it epitomizes corporate culture and traditionalism, not fashion. Navy’s quiet chic has usually been put in the shade (pun intended) by trendy neon’s and ‘look at me’ metallic- well, no more. Martin Raymond, co-founder of trend forecast company, The Future’s Laboratory notes that “the adoption of navy is part of a much bigger trend we’ve dubbed Nu-austerity, a theme being ushered in by a growing distaste for all things bling, bright and tawdry.” Judging by the urban, no-frills approach at Michael Kors, Phoebe Philo for Céline and Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection, Raymond is clearly on to something. Is navy the new black? We think so!
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