Runway Trends: Spring ’11 Colors

Neutral dresses should be a staple of your wardrobe, but true fashionistas always make sure to make a statement in the high-fashion colors of the season. And even though the temperatures are still quite cool across much of the country, spring color trends are already heating up. The mod, 60s inspired palette includes a broad range of brights punctuated with neutrals, cream, and black. Shades of orange and orange-red, including persimmon and vermillion, are colors du jour that will definitely gain you notice. 
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Designers including J.Mendel, Marc Jacobs, and traditionalist Oscar De included orange in their spring 2011 collections, in looks ranging from casual to dressed-up. If you personally believe that orange should be reserved for prison jumpsuits, think again. It’s a fresher take on red for spring, especially when picking up on other trends like the one-shoulder look as in this design by Faviana. If an entire dress in orange is too much for your taste, try an orange-toned red lipstick; it’s primed to be the hottest makeup look of the season, whether it’s from a drug or a department store. Mod fuschia is also being featured heavily in spring fashions.
All of these colors will pop against shades of cream and white—spring’s new black. Stylist Rachel Zoe coined the phrase “white moment” last year for the leading ladies she dresses, and the white-at-night trend continues into 2011, with actresses including Amy Adams and Black Swan star Winona Ryder choosing the shade at the Screen Actor’s Guild awards
Shades of linen and tan are also being combined with cream and white, continuing a safari-style look that started last year. While shades of dove gray and pewter were popular last spring season and continue to be classic choices, white dresses are no longer reserved just for brides; stars including Eva Mendes, Sandra Bullock, and Cameron, Diaz who have all had all-white red-carpet moments. Just don’t wear a white dress to a wedding other than your own, even if it’s short—it will garner the wrong kind of attention.
When planning your dress purchase, keep in mind that the best colors of the season are the ones that work for you. A fair-skinned redhead or blonde with pink undertones may look fantastic in one of the royal blue or emerald dresses seen on the runways, but should stay away from the orange trend, or be careful of the exact shade so that it compliments her looks rather than clashes with them.