Fashion is always about making a statement but come spring-summer, it’s all about flamboyance. Freed of layers of woollens and knits, we are ready to finally show off. Little wonder, spring-summer fashion shows set the tone for the biggest trends of the year. Culled from trend charts, runways, and the red carpet, here are the season’s most trending shades for you to choose from. What’s your colour?

Pink

Possibly the most typecast of all colours, pink is often shunned for no fault of its own. Not this season though, as leading design labels, including Burberry, Valentino, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs, splashed the runways generously with shots of pink from powder to neon. From ruffled dresses to velvet pantsuits, and even hair extension, pink is powerful this season. You will find it everywhere and believe it or not, the new pink is not even a wee bit conventional.

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Green

You know a colour is poised to be en vogue when Pantone declares in the colour of the year. In 2017, the colour authorities have declared Greenery, “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive”, as the colour of the year. Bright and intrinsically linked to a sustainable point of view, we have already spotted this green in a bevy of luxe design and decor items. Not to mention, our square foot gardens and terrariums.

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Yellow

In its assorted shades, yellow was a recurring motif at SS ’17 runways from New York to London. Case in point: Alexander Wang, Thakoon, Jil Sander, Simone Rocha, and Mary Katrantzou. Further approval from Reese Witherspoon and Deepika Padukone who showed off their bright side on the 74th Golden Globes red carpet and at the after parties. Industry experts proclaim yellow as representative of fashion’s optimistic approach this season and we are inclined to agree. Bright yellow may not be for everyone, but take your pick of mustard, lime, pale whitish-yellow, or even metallic (another haute trend).

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Blue

From cerulean to indigo, one shade of blue or another is always on trend. Why should this season be any different? While denim classics have been around forever, Carolina Herrera turned the trademark shade into a drool-worthy ball gown. With help from a bevy of other designers, denim blue is one to watch out for this year. Pantone has declared lapis blue to be a vibrant alternative to summer navy. But our favourite for the season is a pale blue, on fleek with the season’s pastel obsession.

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Khaki

For a few seasons now, the fashion world has been in love with all things military—olive green, bomber jackets, along with an increased emphasis on utilitarianism. This season, the focus is on a pared down shade of khaki. At J.Crew, the shade got a feminine makeover with tulle and ruffles while Carolina Herrera prettified it with a dash of floral print. We also spotted hints of khaki Dries Van Noten’s menswear show and in Kenzo’s androgynous designs. It’s our new go-to neutral.

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White

That white is a summer colour is a well-established rule. In reiterating the trend this summer, design labels sought out new silhouettes and textures. Modest collars at Stella McCartney and Céline, sports-inspired femininity at Dior, sculpted cuts at Delpozo, and a bewildering variety of shirt dresses abounded on SS ’17 trend charts. Our suggestion: make a white dress your sartorial must-have. Look for a hint of contrast colour or eye-catching cuts and textures. Fancy a white shirt? Combine with other season trends like one-cut shoulders or fanciful big sleeves.

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Images courtesy: Valentino, Versace, Jil Sander, Gabriele Colange, Simone Rocha, Joseph/WGSN

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