When Life Gives You Lemons

Marc Jacobs
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Every season, there is a color that is touted as the ‘new’ black.  Not that black can ever be replaced of course. Just ask Linda Fargo who just opened ‘Noir’, a boutique within Bergdorf Goodman filled with a select group of items in the powerful, always popular shade. Last season, pink was the ‘new’ black and many predicted that pink had run its course, but on runways for spring 2019, there were at least 50 shades of pink and it was far from ubiquitous.

That being said, the undisputed color of the season if there was one, was yellow, and not pale mellow yellow but saturated yellow (marigold, chrome, neon). It was shown in every imaginable iteration from streetwear and sportswear to cocktail dresses and evening gowns. And it looked darn good because the designers wisely kept the shapes rather simple if not minimal and let the color do the talking. By the way, with all the gloomy weather these days, yellow happens to be especially appealing and let’s not forget, it looks great with black, or black and white for that matter!

These are some of my favorites:

Milly’s Michele Smith showed practically every color in the rainbow, including yellow, in the form of a silk halter neck floor length gown.

Alice + Olivia offered yellow in several incarnations, including a duo of yellow slip dresses; one short and one long, both accessorized with yellow sandals.

Brandon Maxwell’s color-saturated runway included a simple yet striking yellow satin knee-length strapless dress.

At Carolina Herrera, now designed by Wes Gordon, yellow appeared both tailored and untailored. It was shown as a billowy long sleeved off the shoulder gown.

It also made an appearance as a knee-length tailored coat with embroidery, shown over a white and black printed button-down shirt.

Monse’s yellow 1 shouldered silk dress had an asymmetrical hem.

At Oscar de la Renta, a short strapless dress with the long train was accessorized with a single shoulder dusting earring to match.

A floor length chiffon gown with a halter top was another option proposed.

Prabal Gurung’s multinational runway was equally colorful, with lots of color blocking, down to the bright yellow patent leather pointy toed kitten heeled boots.

The floor length marigold silk gown at Pyer Moss was asymmetrical, side slit, and elegant.

Theory’s minimal ¾ length coat in yellow was shown over a matching slip top and wide-legged trouser and could not look easier.

The same can be said about their perfectly simple yet dramatic small waisted yellow sleeveless floor length dress.

Chrome yellow, in the form of a yellow oversized shirt and matching mini, was one of the more simplified looks on VFiles’ eccentric, eclectic runway.

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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