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I am not a writer. My specialism is retail brand and product development, with complementary expertise in seasonal trend and colour. However, when asked to write a piece on colour for summer I quickly realised that I didn’t really care what colours are on trend…….. and I have a feeling I may not be the only one!

The world has evolved at a quickening pace in the last few years. We have seen a large-scale movement in which thinking has transcended appearance and material. There is a greater and growing awareness of the need for more sustainable living and practices. Sociological issues such as mental health, diversity and equality are now taking centre stage.

The overriding message from the catwalks addressed the growing trend for sustainability. Brands were keen to show they have become more environmentally friendly. Of course, there are still fashion trends and the biggest impact from the catwalk this year was bright fluorescent colour.

Currently, we sit, play, eat, sleep and work confined in our own homes and we’ve become more connected through technology (Zoom and Houseparty have become invaluable). The importance of sustainability is reinforced as we’ve seen how one small action on the other side of the world can affect the whole planet. Covid-19 has no doubt challenged the way we live and its impact on our planet. On a positive note, it’s wonderful to see the planet respond to recent changes with nature given the chance to renew and restore in cities and towns across the globe.

Given the current pandemic and impending global repercussions , I’m not sure fashion trends are relevant right now. Will we be out on the streets this summer? To me it seems too big a big jump to move from my comfy home-wear to thinking about dressing to impress!

None of us really knows how this will play out. What we have learned is the importance of love, care and providing support to each other, both physically and socially. We will no doubt overcome the current crisis and hopefully do so as a better society.

In the meantime, if a bit of shocking pink gives some colour for summer and makes us smile then I’m all for it!

I’m giving it a go, even if it’s just Oscar and I who stand to benefit!

Stay safe Stay Well Stay at Home.

Karen

Lucas and Stone

Wedding season has kicked off….oh what to wear?!

Do you have a wedding invite this summer? I do (deliberate pun!) and after seeing the best dressed guests at Meghan and Harry’s wedding I have some idea what I hope to be wearing.

Here’s how to do it, from those that shone…

Carey Mulligan with husband Marcus Mumford

Lovely choice of Erdem dress, Carey’s retro vibe is maintained with the 1950’s inspired fabric of embroidered flowers on a sheer base. Bright and beautiful (just like Carey) and perfect for a summer wedding.

George and Amal Clooney

Could this couple look anymore chic! Absolutely love Amal in this sunny yellow Stella McCartney dress and matching hat and don’t get me started on George…swoon!

Mother of the bride, Doria Ragland

Mother of the bride, Doria looked elegant and stylish in this Oscar de la Renta dress and coat combo, the beauty is in the simplicity of this outfit and the fresh pistachio ice-cream colour. The small but perfectly fitted Stephen Jones hat tops off the outfit perfectly.

Serena Williams

Not many of us could look this striking in pink! Serena Williams looks amazing in this Versace dress.

So colour is definitely the way to go for a stand out wedding outfit but if you decide to go dark make it bright with a lovely smile like the Suits actress Sarah Rafferty in navy Lanvin with Philip Treacy hat.

Here goes the first of, hopefully, many blogs, style matters or matters of style! Nicely open to interpretation I thought!

Colour is one of the foundations of Lucas and Stone. The others are great quality, classic design and good value but I’ll save them for another time.

I love colour, my passion is colour and amazing colour combinations but somehow this rarely translates into my wardrobe! That’s why beautifully coloured accessories really appeal to me.

How do I wear them? Well that basically depends on my mood and the season – but here’s a few suggestions…

    1. Head to toe colour makes an impact. Add accessories of the same colour to your outfit to enhance the look.
    2. Totally opposite colours make each other look amazing. Technically, these are called complimentary colours, they are colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel (first created by Goethe and taught by Josef Albers). The name is a giveaway, when these colours work together they make each other look great. So why not add a burgundy cuff to set-off your yellow sweater!
    3. Colours stand out or pops more when used as a highlight with neutral tones. If you don’t wear much colour, a bit like me, camel and grey are my winter staples, then add a bright accessory to mix it up. Summer is my time and a totally different story colour wise, bright and bold tones are my fav so I tend to calm the look down with natural or neutral coloured accessories.
    4. Layer up different tones from the same colour family for a rich strong look. A good example that always looks fabulous is red with pink…and Delpozo always uses colour beautifully!

 

The best advice I can give is have fun and play with colour, it’s instinctive and anything goes, just wear it with confidence.

Feel free to share your thoughts too.

Karen

 

NB – All designer shots are from the Autumn Winter 2018 catwalk collections.