September might signify the end of bikini weather, but it also heralds the arrival of fashion’s favorite season—fall—and brings a noticeable shift in the colors we wear.
Right now, the looks that hit New York, London, Milan, and Paris runways back in February are starting to land in stores, and from what we can see, there’s a definite move toward earthy, traditional autumnal tones. The key point to take away from this: Orange shades are about to be everywhere.
Typical fall hues such as burnt orange, olive green, ochre, and oxblood are popping up in new collections at Alexander Wang, Tibi, Chanel, J. Mendel, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarra. Meanwhile, more vibrant colors like bright orange and electric yellow are punctuating pieces at Jil Sander, Rag and Bone, Topshop, Thakoon, and Christopher Kane.
Below, we’ve highlighted the eight color trends for Fall 2015 that we’re most excited about. Read, learn, and let us know what you’re looking forward to wearing over the months ahead.
This autumnal shade is back for fall 2015, and is being imagined in totally different ways by different brands. Cushnie et Ochs made the shade feel sexy by sending models down the runway in slinky orange dresses, Zimmermann played-up the color’s boho qualities with burnt orange flares and bell-sleeve dresses, and Derek Lam updated the classic suit silhouette in the shade.
Shades of olive green are adding an utilitarian touch to the lineup at 3.1 Phillip Lim, J. Mendel, and H&M. Think metallic bomber jackets, slouchy and low-slung pants, and soft silk dresses toughened by the military shade.
Joseph Altuzarra, Phillip Lim, Karl Lagerfeld, and more designers all imagined their fall woman wearing deep, rich red. While bright red dresses are also a big deal right now thanks to a particular long-sleeve ruffled dress that debuted at Gucci, it’s the deeper shade of oxblood that reigns supreme. Take cues from the patent leather skirts at Chanel and cut-out dresses at Proenza Schouler.
It’s not all dark and heavy hues hitting stores this season. Vibrant orange is also set to be a huge trend both on the high street and in designer collections. On the runway, citrus colors are being styled with sharp black for a modern contrast.
Shiny midnight blue
Shimmer, shimmer! Eveningwear in midnight blue is coming in shiny silks, satins, and sparkly embellishment for fall. At Prabal Gurung and J. Mendel, heavy sequin dresses got the midnight treatment, while Zimmermann and Honor stuck to soft metallic fabrics in the color.
Not, not mustard, but the earthier shade of ochre is tipped to be everywhere in fall. Everyone from Jenny Packham to Rag and Bone, Roksanda, and even Zimmermann is introducing the trend.
Jil Sander, Rag and Bone, Topshop, and more runway brands are using volts of electric yellow to contrast fall’s classic black-and-white palette. Try adding a bright lemon rolled-neck sweater under a black coat to re-create the look.
A surprise contender for fall’s strongest color trend is pale pink. A refreshing alternative to warm tones like burnt orange and ochre, this candy floss color was a major theme at Chanel, Erdem, Cushnie et Ochs, and Emilia Wickstead, among others. You’ll find pale pink mixed with lilac and lavender this season.