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A fall-winter palette is usually characterised by dark tones, but the runways of the 2019 FW shows were awash with hues that were perfect for a tropical holiday. Carolina Hererra and Valentino replaced greys and blues with shades of orange or tangerine, while Tom Ford swapped black for lavender. There were iterations of browns and olives at Michael Kors and Stella McCartney, while Prada was a lesson on how to incorporate millennial-friendly hues – think bluestone, pistachio, and millennial pink. Here, we’ve whittled down the palette to give you the top colours for Fall 2019.

Orange and tangerine

There’s nothing better than a fiery tone of orange to land a perfect style punch this winter. At Carolina Hererra, it was all about textural interplay and eclectic colourways – among tones of yellows and peaches, what stood out were floor sweeping shirt dresses in striking hues of orange. Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director, Valentino, rolled out his army of supermodels in fur jackets and gowns, all in the punchy colour. Vineet Bahl veered away from his signature whites  and creams, and experimented with subtle tones of tangerine via his peplum tops and wrap skirts.

Almond

Michael Kors engaged with the hue in his 70s inspired fall showcase. There were almond corduroy coats, bikers, bombers, and even flared trousers on the runway. In London, Roksanda Ilincic reimagined the Victorian era through her voluminous maxis and tops with exaggerated sleeves and pussy bows, all in tones of soft almond. Joining the league was Oscar de la Renta, whose jumpsuits and separates were all in the earthy hue.

Olive Green

Stella McCartney is all about eco-fashion, and the theme filtered down to her colour scheme this fall. There were padded tops, trenches, and boiler suits in rich tones of olive. You can count on Miuccia Prada to deliver the best winter staples, and this time around her line was replete with fleece-lined bombers, cape jackets, and parkas in olive. Payal Singhal seasmlessly translated the military shade in her lehenga.

Lavender

Lavender is the new black and just in case you were hunting for a perfect silk dress for a warm winter soiree, Dries Van Noten has the perfect rendition; he also rolled out floral appliqued jumpers in the pastel tone. Tom Ford, synonymous with everything sleek and black, rolled out red carpet-worthy gowns in lavender. Mishru’s Lakme Fall 2019 show veered away from the usual iteration of the colour to showcase a subdued bridal ensemble.

Tones of yellow

From limoncello to marigold to canary, striking tones of yellow dominated the colour trends for fall. At Marc Jacobs,

there were dramatic crinolines, billowing feathered dresses, and coats, while it was his yellow voluminous dresses and patent jackets that truly stood out. At Hermes, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski took the 70s route, albeit her minimally tasteful knee-length dresses, puffers, highnecks, and crew-cut tops all came in the buttery hue. At Lakme AW’19 Sagar Ahuja was the star owing to his contemporary take on the traditional kurta in mustard yellow.

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Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.