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Colour me tangerine.

Around this time last year, we brought you a colour-blocking special, which proved to be very popular. Now that the temperature's rising, it's time to go back to those spring-summer 2012 showcases and attempt to predict what colours will be hot this season. Remember, looks that grace European catwalks hardly ever work here, thanks to our weather. But we can always use them as a basis for inspiration.

American company Pantone, which calls itself the world's authority in colour, and picks a "colour of the year" annually, has named "Tangerine Tango" as its shade of choice this year. While it is not clear how the company makes this choice, it claims it is based on the zeitgeist, or the spirit or mood of the time.

Pantone wasn't far off the mark as far as designer collections were concerned last year when labels showed off their predictions. Shades of orange were everywhere in Milan and Paris, on suits to trousers and even leatherwear. Because it is such a vivid colour, tangerine will work great with many lighter shades from white, dark chocolate, various shades of blue, and if you're feeling brave, light pink.

My other favourites were parrot green, which appeared in Bottega Veneta and John Galliano. Paired with light blue, they will be great to offset the oncoming UAE heat. Speaking of heat, Dolce & Gabbana went big on netwear, and some items from their collection are already in stores here. Perfect to keep cool.

While linen and cotton will continue to be the materials of choice for us here, sportswear was big in the designer showcases. From light breezy fabrics to lots of zips, the references were hard to miss. Sportswear-inspired dressing is young, cool and definitely summer-friendly. Pick bright colours and you'll kill two fashion birds with one stone.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Apr 29, 2012
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