The Hottest Colors for Spring 2013

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Welcoming spring in proper sartorial style must needs begin with the proper color palette. You may have seen the Pantone reports, but here’s our selection of the hottest colors you ought to be sporting, come March.

Black & White

Theyskens’ Theory, well-known for their shoes, on the border between structured and insane, came up with a platform strappy sandal we’d almost sprain an ankle for. Rue du Mail had an awesome take on classic male jazz shoes, in their sleek and classic black & white combo, but made over as a laced-up Oxford-style pump with a thin platform and just a dash of pizzazz from the touch of orange. We also swooned over the perforated sling-back peep-toes in black and white patent leather, from Kate Spade New York. All-white outfits, too, get a respectful nod for the way they graced the runways, with cuts that are likely to take even the most blasé’s fashionista breath away. A notable mention here goes out to the incredibly well-structured two-piece from Alexander Wang, perhaps the world’s most talented deconstructing couturier. The Victoria Beckham collection for spring also featured some black and white combos that veered impressively into casual, laid-back stylings.

Navy Blue

Navy blue, with its royal elegance, might not precisely be the hue you think of, when imagining the warm, lovely spring that we’re all eagerly awaiting. However, just like jewel-y purple, it was one of the designers’ favorite colors this season. Most designers showered splashes of dark, cool blue on their more complex event gowns – check out Oscar de la Renta, Anna Sui and Jason Wu for perfectly tailored examples of outfits we’re really looking forward to see paraded around red carpets during this year’s award season. In matters of footwear, Alberta Ferretti’s stiletto-heeled mules shimmered in dark blue satin, adorned with an adorable little button at the end of the strap.

Neon Colors

They are perhaps the most expected trend of the following season, notoriously illustrated on the fashion week runways by an awesome fuchsia feathered halter dress by Oscar de la Renta and a pencil-like skirt in neon green from Rag & Bone. Yellow was also prominently featured in some of the strongest hues out there, in lacy tops from Oscar de la Renta and an incredibly chic pantsuit from Alice + Olivia. Pair any of these up with a pair of lacy platform pumps in pink from Blugirl and you’ll be all good to go. Orange, luscious red, neon blues were also featured as stars of the next season.

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