Color Me Crimson
Left: Shipley & Halmos Fall 2012
Fall is upon us, a crispness in the air, and with it, comes Fall Fashion and all the simple and intricate connotations of that term. Autumn, especially autumn in New England, is a season colorfully expressed, a season of lichenous barks and graying soil and the searing red foliage that lays all about, the diffuse, rustling piles in the yard, pavement for squirrel traffic.
Each Fall runway season, one or two color swatches are declared as the IT hues of Autumn. For 2012, the trendiest pigment of them all is the surprisingly classical burgundy, or as the french would have it, aubergine. Burgundy is obviously also Harvard’s annointed color, though we choose to call it crimson in a collective act of colorblindness.
For Fall 2012, menswear designers used the shade on everything from bags and shoes to knits and outerwear. At Acne and Gucci, models wore sweaters both paper thin and heavily cabled in varying shades of burgundy. Michael Bastian showed a collegiate inspired V-neck sweater with white contrast piping at Gant that would not have looked out-of-place at the COOP, while Tommy Hilfiger sent out a veritable squadron of high cheeked lads decked out in snappy peacoats, shearling lined bombers and overcoats with motocross leather sleeves, all in, you guessed it, burgundy.
My favorite use of this dominant fall hue goes to Shipley & Halmos though, who reinterpreted the classic tweed sport coat in a delicious berry shade for their fall show. A close runner up can be found in the plasticized burgundy leather hunter jacket paired with forest green trousers at Kenzo.
All in all, a model year for a color near and dear to Harvard’s heart.
From Top: Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2012, Gant by Michael Bastian Fall 2012, Acne Fall 2012, Gucci Fall 2012, Kenzo Fall 2012
All Images via Style.com
-Thomas Dai 14′