With the highly anticipated spring season just around the corner, we can almost sense the warm breeze and the high levels of energy coming from the appealing thought of leaving any signs of heaviness behind. From the dense fabrics and rigid shapes that are slowly being replaced with lightweight textiles and fluid silhouettes, to the colour palette that gets to also be injected with a good dose of liveliness, everything points towards a time that’s all about making loud statements and embracing change.

From delicious tangerine to terracotta and pumpkin, and from carrot shades to amber and honey, one of the biggest spring 2013 color trends puts the energetic orange center stage, and in all honesty nothing reads spring and summer better than a powerful and fearless colour worn as the ultimate accessory.

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A touch of orange

As exciting as it may appear on the runway, or as tempting as it may look inside the pages of our favourite magazines, a strong color is not always the easiest to pull off. It requires a fair amount of confidence, a hint of inspiration and plenty of attitude. So instead of opting for a head-to-toe orange look, we can always count on subtlety to deliver the message. In the end a little goes a long way when it comes to a striking color.

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A touch of orange on the runway at Carolina Herrera S/S ’13

Bold and beautiful: how to wear orange your way

Shaping styles, defining textures and complementing aesthetics, there’s nothing a fair amount of orange can’t achieve. From day to night and from sporty to ultra-sophisticated, you can trust the bold hue to help redefine your style just in time for spring and summer.

Urban-chic

You can always count on a perfectly tailored pair of trousers to transition you flawlessly from early in the spring, until late in the summer. Sport the color of the moment effortlessly and finish your urban uniform with a cool animal motif jumper, a complementing clutch and a pair of oversized sunglasses.

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Bold orange on the runway at Kenzo S/S ’13

Menswear inspired

The juxtaposition of the sharp masculine notes with the vibrancy exuded by an orange pantsuit, could easily stand for an whimsical take on spring and summer. Bold make-up, chunky platforms and and oversized clutch make sense in a season dominated by fun and abundance of color.

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Orange pantsuit on the runway at Moschino Cheap & Chic S/S ’13

60s Mod

No summer feels complete without a hint of a retro flavour. The 60s mod fashion continues to dominate the upcoming seasons with its ultra-short A-line silhouettes, playful accents and cheerful styling. Perfect the summertime recipe with an orange glaze, a chic bouffant and a pair of heels.

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Orange A-line dress on the runway at Moschino S/S ’13

Evening luxury

A bold hue is the kind of fashionable risk that can easily lead to extraordinary results. No wonder the red carpet turned a tangerine heaven once the spring 2013 collections hit the runway. Steering away from the basic palette and redefining elegance with the smart use of color never seemed more tantalizing.

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Bold orange on the runway at Jenny Packham S/S ’13

In the mix: colours to compliment orange

If we’re talking bold colors, the safe mind automatically searches for ways to tone down their bright energy. Dusted whites, black and dark navy will temper the lively orange shade and leave you with enough of a statement without compromising the style. But if we were too fully embrace the orange madness and all of its surrounding positivity, an array of equally striking hues would end up feeling like the icing on a cake.

Dusted shades

Elegant and distinct, this is how the pairing of orange with a contrasting selection of warm colors appears. Think frosted almond, beige, sandy brown or tan, topped with silver or gold metallic accents.

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Orange mix on the runway at Diane von Furstenberg S/S ’13

Color-block

A bubble-gum pink, a bright yellow and a vibrant orange, unified by black and white notes, could help build a fun and fearless take on the color-block trend for spring and summer.

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Orange mix on the runway at Laura Biagiotti S/S ’13

Citrus fresh

Joining forces and clearly belonging to the same family of vivid citrus hues, the bright yellow and the orange color are meant to be worn together when the idea is to accent a clean and minimal silhouette.

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Orange combo on the runway at Rocksanda Ilincic S/S ’13

Red touch

Both powerful, both envisioned to stand out and both ultra-feminine, the red-orange combo is not the first to cross the mind and it is clearly meant for the wild hearts. In the right mix, they would perfectly complement each other, without taking away from the dynamic sillouette.

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Orange combo on the runway at J. Mendel S/S ’13

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