Sunday, 10 November 2013

Lilac trend: love it or hate it?

For spring/summer 2014, sugary pastels were more prominent on the catwalks than ever before. It was easy to predict; just look at the massive popularity of blush pink coats this season. Soft, feminine pastels can look very elegant, but they can also look a little childish for us grown-ups. It's sometimes difficult to get the balance just right.

One brand that nailed the look was Burberry. The Burberry Prorsum SS14 collection featured the prettiest palette of lilac, lemon, pink and mint. The mix of blouses, pencil skirts, lace, cashmere and coats was perfect in creating a ladylike look that felt fresh and new.

Key looks from the Burberry spring/summer 2014 collection
Key looks from the Burberry Prorsum spring/summer 2014 collection
The Burberry catwalk show finale featuring pastel shades
The Burberry Prorsum catwalk show finale
The Prabul Garung SS14 collection also featured lilac, and Amy Adams was spotted last month wearing one of the label's looks top-to-toe on the red carpet. 

While I love a splash of colour, I've always had an aversion to the colour lilac. My parents painted my bedroom walls purple as a child and, although I may well have asked for it at the time, any enthusiasm for the colour soon wore off once I had to wake up to it every day.

The designers have shown us how to do lilac well, but can the British High Street make it work too? As yet I haven't made a clothing purchase. However, one area where I am willing to give this purple hue a try is beauty. Lilac nails or a silvery, soft purple eye shadow can look really lovely. I also wouldn't say no to a beautiful set of lilac lingerie. A coat might be on trend right now, but will it stand the test of time? I'm not convinced. Choose the right pieces though and this trend is sure to transform your look.

Love lilac?

Will you be working this colour now or next season?
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