Hot pink has become the focal colour of the season starting in late 2021 its influence has been replicated across the fashion industry and some truly iconic looks have come out of the influence.
Kim Kardashian’s stood out with head to toe and fingertips velvet bodysuit by Balenciaga for her October debut outfit into her new era of Saturday Night Live. This Kim K outfit has had a massive influence on the coming winter trends that would create a ripple and influence a colourful hot pink winter which is different from the usual autumnal and dark winter tones.
For the Autumn 22/23 trends Valentino have been the best and hottest hot pink suppliers, their collection pink PP has become the collection of the season, it rivals the creative influence of Elsa Schiaparelli’s shocking pink statements of her Avant Garde suit in 1938-39. They have given the Barbie dream times 100 with their version of the colour. Focusing on their collection featuring only hot pink and black was their way of expression the true look of the models and expanding how we viewed the look. Once you take away the big distractions and look at only the pink, you start to see more clearly into the construction and characteristics of the overall garment. The bold colour paired against the subtle statement of the garments created a better reflection and ideology surrounding the clothing and world we live in suggesting we as a society need to start looking at life simpler.
The favourite looks from the monochromatic Valentino show included the maxi outerwear coat and the mesh high neck balloon sleeve bodysuit paired with elongated wide leg trousers, which added movement and grace while being walked down the catwalk. The embroidered jacket and dress combo continued the monochrome palette but added a level of elegance and depth which makes the embroidery more beautiful to look at.
Our final show stopping pink looks of this year were at the Met Gala. Between Glenn Close and Sebastian Stan, we can’t quite pick a favourite! Both dressed head to toe in the Valentino pink PP collection and made a statement. Glenn Close who was slightly closer to the Met Gala theme of part 2- America: An anthology of fashion, “gilded glamour and white tie”. Her look focused on a dramatic draped outer layer which was embroidered delicately with a monochromatic trouser and shirt set underneath. Her look provided more glamour than Sebastian Stan, whose look involved a monochrome pink suit and oversized jacket with chunky trainers, all sporting the same hue of pink. Although missing the theme Sebastian Stan was a knockout and didn’t miss the importance of his look.
Overall, pink is the colour of this season, and it is going to be here to stay as it filters down through the collections to come. Pink, although always an important colour in the palette for hundreds of previous years, has been reformed into the static eye-catching tone reinventing the colour for a fresh take.
Amy Davidson is a newly graduated textiles designer from Scotland, who loves to travel, the colour orange and hairbands in as many colours and prints as she could possibly get her hands on. Her favourite style of print to work with is anything that’s bold, colourful, and tropical!