Cobalt & Royal Blue Colour Fashion Trends for Autumn 2011
& Winter 2012
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Cobalt & Royal Blue Colour Fashion Trends for Autumn 2011 & Winter 2012
Here is my review of the rich cobalt
and royal blue colours for Autumn / Winter 2011. In the
jewel colour range blue continues to grow in popularity. Cobalt, lapis, violet and
sapphire blue have a sparkling and stunning electricity about
Catwalk Blues From Malandrino and David Koma
Blue will be a strong colour for some time in
the world of fashion and interiors so
you may select with confidence colours from cobalt blue to
teal blue. Anything blue you
buy now will blend will with next spring's iced blues.
Blue is certainly a statement making colour when
it comes to dresses. Use blue for colour blocked pieces or as
stunning stand alone colour.
Left - Mary & House of Fraser - Antonio Cobalt Blue Dress £200
Centre - Oasis Autumn 2011/2012 True Blue Top/Trousers.
Right - Alexander McQueen at Burnt Out But Opulent.
Alexander McQueen Blue
Structured Pencil Dress £375. Stockist Number: 07951 253052.
More subtle colour blocking combines
rich blue with a neutral such as black, or a pop of complementary
burnt orange-rust-red. That may be the most
appropriate way for some women to
confidently wear orange. The dress
shown below left uses orange to striking effect in the belt
accessory, whilst retaining the unbeaten combo of royal blue
Left - Debenhams - Roksanda Iilinic Collection - Staying Power of One
Right -Burnt Out But Opulent - Gucci Colour Block Belted
Jersey Wrap-Effect Dress £445.
Begin with small amounts of oranges, such as in a belt, and then
progress to whole garments like the contrast bodice of a dress.
This Gucci dress above has the same three colours, but you can see how
by altering the proportion of any one colour, the overall effect
makes for a totally different fashion design.
Orange with depth, soon hits
red colour mixes and this creates
vibrant contrast when teamed with any of the blue colours such
Left - Primark Roll Neck Sweater & Trousers.
Stockist Number: 0118 9606 300.
Right - Penneys Royal Blue Outfit Colour Blocked With Rich Red
Colour mixing bold orange or red with bright
blue as in these images is a norm for winter 2012.
Blue Jersey Knits
The focus for autumn 2011 is on jewel colours, a major trend
carrying on from spring brights and colour blocking trends. One
cannot over emphasise the richness and boldness of these
colours. Here rich blue reaches that intensity of hue where it
become violet blue and moves into the
Left - CC AW11 Jane Seymour in Petite Fashions -
Right - Dorothy Perkins AW11 Violet Blue Dress £30.
Left - BHS Sophie Grey Collection Blue Jersey Dress.
Right - Marks and Spencer Blue Straight Tunic Dress.
Swish & Swing
Left - River Island Xmas AW11 - Marissa Pleated Midi Skirt £30,
Salome Metallic Top £22 - Stockist Number: 0208 991 4904.
Right - M&S Per Una Speziale Dress in Violet £199 -
Beautifully 70s inspired dress in violet blue with floppy blouson sleeves
and high neck.
In August 2011 for her first official appearance after her
wedding to Monaco's Prince Albert II, H.S.H. Princess Charlene
wore the Van Cleef & Arpels designed Océan necklace to the Bal
de la Croix Rouge. According to Van Cleef & Arpels : Océan
exalts the grace and elegance of Her Serene Highness Princess
Charlene. This pledge of love, offered by the Prince to his
Princess, who chose its name, transforms into a tiara.
883 round-cut diamonds, weighing a total of over 44 carats.
10 pear-cut diamonds, weighing a total of over 4 carats.
A 4.01 carat pear-cut diamond.
359 round-cut sapphires for over a total of 18 carats, in a
colour gradation of 3 hues.
The frothy lace of diamonds sparkles with the water’s
reflections and diffuses into fabulous asymmetrical circles.
The waters of the sea, made of blue sapphires, carry 11 pear-cut
diamonds in their gentle swell. Océan, the necklace, transforms into a royal tiara.
Carrie Cobalt Blue Cashmere Mix Cardi, Georgia Pink Mini Geo Skirt,
Monsoon/AccessorizeAW11 - Stockist Number: 08448110068.
The centre of attention for autumn 2011 has been on jewel
colours. This major development carrying on from spring
brights and colour-blocks. Achieve hot on trend looks by wearing
contrasting, accessories, legwear or hosiery. Coloured jeans, chinos or tights
inject vibrant pops of colour at low cost.
Pantyhose comes in every hue imaginable this
winter. These colourful tights including blue tones are a bargain.
They are a winter
wardrobe must-have investment from T.K.Maxx. Put the 'it' factor
into your image planning this winter with some superior legwear.
Copyright of images courtesy of Prshots.com,
IFTF, Swarovski, A|wear, ASOS,
Monsoon, Matalan, Marks & Spencer, Minuet Petite,
Oasis, Debenhams, Next, Miss Selfridge, T K Maxx,
House of Fraser/Mary Portas, Burnt Out But Opulent, East, Elegance,
Hush Puppies, Schuh, Dorothy Perkins, CC, Primark, Penneys, Wallis, River Island,
Van Cleef & Arpels, Topshop, Lipsy, Curvyandstylish.co.uk, Vera Mont.
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