Pink is a more contentuous colour than any other; some love it, some hate it but most are shrug–the–shoulders ambiguous about it. They don’t really mind it yet there is a perfectly good non-pink palette of colours out there to choose from so …meh.
Pink evokes memories of children’s spun sugar coloured starched frilly dresses, sherbet hued bunny rabbits and sparkly fuschia tiaras. Before they even hit 10, most girls develop an aversion that lasts a lifetime.
Pink crept back into my life around 18, when all I wanted was to live like it was the 80s. Living in the East Village in New York listening to punk rock and early electronic music while heavily vintage shopping to references of Patti Smith and Blondie, pink came in as a sash here and Nars Schiap lipstick there – gateways that led to a patent kitten heel and then full blown crystal encrusted bodycon worn with a military jacket . Slowly my perception of pink changed until it became a colour that akin to red gets noticed but in a myriad of different ways. This season, pink hues play on the 70s with dusks and dirty pinks, paired against browns, floral prints, or traffic-stopping brights.
Above: Long sleeves and a covered up decolletage balance this dress out perfectly with its mini length in an outrageously decadent pink. Alex Perry dress, Gianvito Rossi sandals and Alexander McQueen clutch from Miss Louise.
Balance out a pretty dress with studs and flat, mannish sandals. Balenciaga dress and Valentino bag from Cosette and Coach sandals.
Choose dusky pinks when pairing with suede and browns then add a brighter coloured accessory for a touch of unexpected pop. Lover bra and shirt, Frame Denim culottes from Edward Imports, Max Mara bag, Mania Mania crystal necklace and vintage Prada sandals.
Pale pink doesn’t need to be sweet – it is a modern shade that plays well with neutrals and monochrome. Nicholas skirt, Gary Bigeni top and Chloe wedges.
Photographed by Alice Wesley-Smith