We may not be even half way through 2018 yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep a weather-eye on the horizon.
With Resort ’19 wrapped up at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and Cruise ’19 unfolding in Europe, the latest collections have given us a glimpse at the colour palette we’ll be wearing come 2019.
While this year’s obsessions may have still been Millennial pinks, fire-engine reds and the occasional infusion of lemon yellow, next year will be all about the contrast between dark and light.
Gone will be the days of primary-colour brights and colour-clashing, 2019 will see dark colours like olive green and cobalt blue taken darker, and shades like sky blue and camel taken lighter.
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After naming Ultraviolet as the 2018 Colour of the Year, Pantone named ‘Living Colour’ (Pantone 16-456) as the hot shade for 2019. the colour-matching company described the colour as “an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone” that was all about optimism—a much-needed attribute of late.
“Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment,” a press release from the company stated.
Lee Mathew’s breezy, resort-in-a-tropical-location-appropriate separates focused heavily on the dark-light dichotomy. Between maxi dresses in barely-there beige and off-white, and military button-ups in deep green, the medium was neither here nor there. The stand out? This soft buttermilk yellow, a few shades lighter than its 2018 Gen-Z counterpart.
Also seen at: C/MEO and Bianca Spender.
After seeing a lot of sky blues in 2018, we’ll expect to move towards a slightly deeper powder blue. Karla Špetić sent dresses, blazers and shorts down the runway in a powder blue marle, which felt fresh and feminine.
As seen at: Christopher Esber, Louis Vuitton.
One of the most eye-catching elements from Louis Vuitton’s latest show (aside from the flaming red roses painted onto the foreheads of the models) was the soft sage green seen in some of the pleated smocks and fold-detail shorts.
Also seen at: Camilla and Marc.
Clear out your crisp whites and oyster silvers, we’re predicting 2019 will be all about oat. A muted take on linen, this shade is the new neutral. Wear paired with deeper tones like olives, navies or terracottas, or with white and black.
Also seen at: Dior, Christopher Esber, Anna Quan.
DEEP OLIVE GREEN
We’ve always had an affinity for the wearable olive green, but this season’s take—moodier and deeper—hits all the marks for us. Albus Lumen’s liquid-silk shift dresses and Camilla and Marc’s leather fringe bandeaus are a trend in the making.
Also seen at: Lee Mathews.
Although we have already seen terracotta emerge as a trend in the colour space, we’re predicting 2019 will see it go deeper and slightly more brown-toned, veering towards auburn. Christopher Esber and Thomas Puttick included doses of warm reddish-browns, signalling the shade will see darker days.
Also seen at: Albus Lumen.
One or two shades lighter than Yves Klein Blue, Egyptian blue was a feature on the runways. Prada’s Cruise collection was shot through with blue elements—blazers, miniskirts, hats—while it was a main attraction at the likes of Hansen & Gretel and Pereira Fitzgerald.
This year’s mocha and caramel browns will also be shifted towards a deeper tone. Buzzy labelfocused on a range of chocolate browns, and Christopher Esber closed his show with a covetable sheer-panelled maxi.