ORANGE IN THE NEW BLACK

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If you think orange should only be worn on construction sites, soccer fields or at retro eighties parties, then think again. Yes, the colour most often associated with witches hats, fake tans and Halloween pumpkins is once again warming up wardrobes from London to New York.

The colour first made its re-appearance on international catwalks during the Spring/Summer 2018 shows, in collections by Tom Ford, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs among others. And, if the recent Fall/Winter 2018  shows at New York Fashion Week are any indication, it’s not going anywhere in a hurry.

The shade of orange in question is far from subtle. We’re talking the sort of high visibility/ high voltage hue that would make crossing the road a breeze – no wonder, fashionista.com dubbed the colour, “safety orange.”

In New York recently, models and celebrities rocked it on and off the catwalks. Model and social influencer Sistine Stallone wrapped an orange leather jacket over her cream mini at the Tom Ford show. And, at the launch of magazine LÓfficiel USA,  Elizabeth Chambers, the gorgeous actress wife of Call Me By Your Name’s Armie Hammer, matched the apricot piping on her black pants with a chic Hugo Boss blazer of the same shade.

Rihanna revealed herself to be a hard core orange fan in her Spring/Summer 2018 Fenty Puma collection: we’re talking super-charged head-to-toe looks certainly not for the faint hearted. If you don’t share RiRi’s  monochrome vibe, then go for splashes of orange like this  divine Christian Dior cashmere skirt, affordable luxury at only $69,

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or this Willow zip jacket ($149), made from beautiful Italian fabric and form-fitting to perfection.

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Team them up with garments in complementary colours like blue, pink, red, white, and, of course, black, which always looks great with orange. If it’s just a pop of the colour you’re after,  think accessories like this Hermes bucket hat ($199)

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or these cute-as-a-button Sambag slides ($39), which would help elevate a simple black shift dress from run-of-the-mill to incredible.

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But if, for you (to misquote author Jeanette Winterson) orange is the only fruit, we recommend this super-bright, embellished Lumier by Bariano evening dress ($89): a traffic stopper, to be sure.

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