By Michelle Crowe
Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy by Norman Parkinson from the Norman Parkinson archives.
In a season of wild trends it’s comforting to see that pretty shades of pink are still finding their way into our favorite collections. With its nearly universal ability to flatter faces and the uplifting vibe that comes from simply feeling pretty, pink is a color for the ages. So let people refer to blush shades as millennial pink all they want. It’s here to stay because it never really went away.
Ralph & Russo Couture Spring Summer 2018
Our favorite ladies through the decades have worn pink frocks for some of the most memorable fashion moments of all time. Jacqueline Kennedy and Lee Bouvier riding elephants in India, Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face and Gwyneth Paltrow winning the Oscar in 1999 all come to mind.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren at the Academy Awards.
Of course a pink suit for lunch or a dreamy gown for a gala will always make sense for the spring social season. Think pink also in unexpected places. Outerwear for instance, is a brilliant spot to interject a little lift from color. No one can stand the sight of the dark-colored workhorse coat they’ve been wearing nearly nonstop for three months. A light or bright shade of double-faced wool is just as warm and will reap so many compliments as it brings smiles to the faces of those the wearer passes during the day.
Victoria Beckham takes pinstripes pink, Spring Summer 2018.
Pale pink pants or jeans have the versatility of winter white yet feel fresher. A pink bag is an instant update. And there are very few outfit issues that a swipe of pink lipstick can’t help.
Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer in a still from Pretty in Pink.
Pink has really been such a staple of this decade that it always seems like its time will come to an end soon. Yet season after season it’s back on the runway in new ways that keep Instagram stars and ladies who lunch coming back for more. Thank goodness is all we can say to that.
Ulla Johnson Spring Summer 2018.