Stimulate your fashion senses this festive season by shunning the stereotypical Christmas party palette in favour of statement shades in unconventional combinations. Embracing the rainbow has never been more chic, as the array of designer collections and high street interpretations are testament to. So you can forget the ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘Skittles’ references and go colour crazy this season.
The month of December is undeniably synonymous with the colour red. From the infamous suit of Saint Nicholas, to the beacon-like nose of Rudolph, red has a gravitas that few other colours can boast. It has become a seasonal favourite and go to colour that invariably transcends from Christmas tree decorations to our festive clothing choices. The abundant Christmas parties are thus awash with variants of blood red, ruby red and berry red, leaving those not acting upon this prerequisite, crimson red!
Evidently, escaping the colour of the season is no easy feat, and whilst trying to side step the old faithful pairing of black and metallics that are still clinging on in the fashion lexicon of Christmas dressing, the question arises: when does tradition become just plain tired? To avert the archetype might we suggest a more unconventional approach to Christmas party dressing, in the form of whimsical hues and statement colour clashing for an ensemble that conveys festive fun?
Christmas colour way done the Moschino style
Red and pink might seem an unlikely pairing but if the recent shows are anything to go by, the Valentine’s Day associations have undoubtedly been thrown over in favour of a decidedly more festive look. The unlikely marriage of these hues might, to some, lack versatility; however, the collections of both AW14 and SS15 offered inspiration aplenty. Do as Simone Rocha and contrast vibrant reds with a whimsical mix of sheer pinks, or embrace the graphic aesthetic of Valentino AW14. The most wearable of iterations however, goes to Adam Lippes SS15 with his minimalist take on the trend. Keep the silhouette structured, allowing the vibrant pairing of shades to remain the focus, not a distraction. Zara and Cos are the go-to stores for high street interpretations, both offering staple shapes in standout colours.
Headscarf optional: take inspiration from Simone Rocha SS15 show and pair pink with red for this season’s favourite colour clash
Sienna Miller seems to be a fan of this trend too: she was snapped wearing the pink-and-red ensemble (all Miu Miu SS15) yesterday in New York
Think Christmas-time and immediately think yellow, right? No? In theory this sounds utterly out of place, but in reality, yellow is fun and its upbeat associations with positivity are infectious to both the wearer and onlookers. Consider it your duty to spread the ‘good vibe’. Add a pretty little flourish to your ensemble as seen at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show, where yellow was but a whisper of colour washed upon a background of pastels. Or outshine your fellow partygoers by offsetting your striking monochromatic look with vibrant splashes of sunshine yellow a la Balmain’s AW14 collection. Stick to sleek black accessories or clash with bold primary colour hues for added gumption!
Bold hue for a bold guy: yellow is bang on trend and also quite cheerful, perfect to put you in the spirit of the season (French Connection, £70, frenchconnection.com). Style advice: to avoid the grandpa look, pair it with black skinny jeans and brogues
It would also seem to be the season of print and pattern, preferably worn together with colour contrasting accessories. Forget the classic holly motifs of yore, as Tommy Hilfiger made a case for mutli-coloured plaid, Acne purported a mix of psychedelic prints and Proenza Scholer embraced rainbow hued animal print. Look to Whistles and French Connection to indulge your festive party print craving!
Who said festive prints can’t be a touch psychedelic? Acne’s swirly jumper (£44, available from acnestudios.com) will come alive after a few glasses of mulled wine
And we couldn’t write a piece on unconventional party palettes without a festive tip of the hat to Moschino’s eclectic use of red and yellow, not to mention, that now infamous cow print ensemble. Perhaps one of the unlikeliest of festive fashions but then again the baby Jesus was born in a stable after all – so maybe not so random, and this look is undeniably fun!