Fashion

SWITCH CHANGE

Suddenly, traditionally summer and winter hues are swapping places

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

We’d like to draw your attention to a micro-trend gaining momentum: the seasonal hue switch-a-roo. On city streets and runways, modern day minimalists are eschewing the traditional notion of dark shades in colder months and lighter hues come warm weather. Instead, they are embracing the idea of sheer black layers for summer and ethereal snowflake shades for winter. This unexpected spin was recently seen at Todd Lynn’s spring show (sleek noir togs) and The Row’s fall debut (airy ivory separates). Or, you could strike the perfect balance of chiaroscuro (dark and light), as shown on Rick Owens spring runway. A cool black floor-sweeping frock topped with a white-hot gilet. Better still, unlike fussy florals and fringe, this is a look you won’t have to ditch come leaf fall. How’s that for minimalism with mileage?

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