If you were wondering what 4,000 (give or take) of the most colorful looks from the spring/summer 2014 season looked like mapped out by color and city (New York, London, Milan, and Paris), then you have come to the right place.
We hope that enough time has passed for everyone to recover from the fashion month whirlwind, because it's time to take a look back. And since we know for sure that black and white looks are a big trend for spring 2014, it is time to focus on color.
Blue was an unsurprisingly popular color, as it was during the spring and fall 2013 seasons. Another certainty we came across is that designers have some sort of strange aversion to purple, making this the third consecutive season where the color was the biggest loser. We know it's sad to anthropomorphize a color, but we do feel kind of bad for it.
Pastels for spring is a tale as old as time, and spring 2014 was an especially good example of it. Last spring did not seem to favor pastel palettes to the same degree as it did in last month's shows, which would indicate that spring 2014 will be pastel heavy, right? We wouldn't speak too soon on that one, however, when so many big shows (Prada, Ralph Lauren, Max Mara, Chanel, and Céline, to name a few) put an emphasis on rainbow brights.
Click through for a more detailed look at each city. And remember, you can click each map for a larger version!
"Violet tulip" and "radiant orchid" were ranked number two (second only to "dazzling blue") and three, respectively, on Pantone's top 10 spring 2014 colors list prior to the start of New York fashion week. This was not reflected so much on our map, but there was a healthy dose of the light, soft purple (violet tulip) care of designers like Tadashi Shoji and Delpozo. Bright yellows had a moment as well, seen at Derek Lam and Jen Kao. Blue took a back seat this season, though not too much, as it was still the most popular color overall (naturally).
London proves itself as the outlier of the group for a couple of reasons. First of all, red was the most dominant color, not blue. That is, if you include all the pinks from designers like Antonio Berardi, Burberry Prorsum, and Preen. Secondly, London was the only city that even pretended to give purple a chance.
Yellow was the second most popular color in Milan, including abundance of metallics and yellow-toned neutrals (plenty of designers, like Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Max Mara, and Dolce & Gabbana, combined both). Overall, it was mainly a primary color affair in the Italian city, with blue, yellow, and red doing most of the cat walking.
Paris' color maps tend to skew pretty dark. This is typically due to a higher proportion of black, as well as navy and dark blue. Spring 2014 also saw a rush of dark blue-greens, such as teal from the likes of Elie Saab, Hermes and Julien David. Meanwhile, the bright yellows that the rest of the cities embraced were replaced by paler versions of the color.
And finally, a quick comparison.
Until next season!