When I first saw the Spring Summer 2012 collections doused with sugary pastel shades ranging from peppermint to peach, a picture of Grease’s Pink Ladies in their candy coloured full skirts and cotton cardigans flew into my head. Frenchy’s violet hair, Sandy’s lemon skirt, Jan’s sage summer dress. Their pastel toned attire perceived them as innocent young girls, however as we all know, the truth sways more towards the complete opposite. This season, Grease’s ladies’ ‘sweet only on the outside’ mantra has inspired designers, especially Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, to create their collection with a pastel palette to portray a ladylike shell, instigating an intriguing and underlying mystery to crack underneath the girl’s surface.
Marc Jacobs had candy in his eyes when he created this season’s collection for Louis Vuitton. Even though the collection is fragile, ladylike and very gentle on the eyes, the power it has generated onto the High Street has been strong and forceful. Pastels have reached every corner of the High Street, whether it be a Kurt Geiger heel or a Topshop nail varnish – they are everywhere. Baring this in mind, it is hard not to fall into this massive pastel paint pot created by the High Street, and not come out of it looking like a stick of cotton candy. There are plenty of ways you can update your wardrobe with a pastel hue – it’s just a question of how sweet do you want to go? – GWC
CANDY COLOUR BLOCKING
Create a colour block outfit with several different pastel shades like Phillip Lim’s S/S 12 Collection. Colour blocking has been on trend for many seasons and the candy hues give it a new lease of life. If you wish to opt for this look, The Kooples have some perfect suit ensembles in a sugary tangerine and cloudy pink for a base to colour block on top of. Click on the images to view online.
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Keep it simple like Marni S/S 12 with just one shade of pastel for high impact and a strong minimalistic look with tidy and fresh lines. Cos, known for their simplistic style, have created pastel one pieces that scream minimalism. Click on the images to view online.
Add a pastel touch to your everyday wardrobe with some sugary hued basics.
J brand have a variety of pastel skinnies in this season. Click on the images to view online.
Accessorize with a pastel belt from ASOS. Click on the images to view online.
COS have some beautiful pima cotton t-shirts in sherbert shades and I’m in love with the lemon tailored shorts! Click on the images to view online.
Choose a pastel flat for daytime with a boat shoe from Urban Outfitters or a pair of Supergas. Click on the images to view online.