I love butter. I love it on slices of bread – toast, croissants, biscuits, rolls – and I especially love it on a pile of mashed potatoes. By passing attributes (remember passing attributes?), it means I love Thanksgiving as a time to get together with my loved ones and eat lots of buttercarts. Looking at recent collections, it’s clear that designers are also being buttered; that particular paintable yellow has become a regular on the runway. It has become an obsession, I see it and I immediately want whatever shape the color is in. Pants, shoes, coat, whatever it is, I am hypnotized by the shadow. It seemed to perfectly capture a mood (my mood?): utterly happy, wryly depressed, utterly luxurious and chic.
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While yellow is a color many people find difficult to wear, butter yellow actually suits everyone. It’s a neutral shade that can morph with the rest of your wardrobe and your personality to become whatever you want it to be. It’s subtle, but it can provide a vibrant punch in an outfit. It’s like a lively off-white.
Its close to white means it is a nice color for the cool bride. At Tory Burch’s spring collection, it added edge to structured tunic vests worn over tulle maxi dresses; at Rick Owens, a delicate A draped sheer dress with turned-up shoulders and knee-high boots, against the color of the marble steps of the Palais de Tokyo. Elsewhere, Jason Wu’s whispering slip dress with princess stitching alluded to popular ballet trends rather than children’s clothing.
Turn up the brightness and it becomes slightly unnatural, which is what Raf Simons conveyed through his patent leather shift dress A useful shade of dystopian/utopian vision with belt detail above the thigh. On Sportmax’s shrunken and twisted long-sleeve button-down shirts and matching leggings, it captured a certain unhinged energy (very fitting for our times), while at Alaïa, it featured a twist on Azzedine’s classic bodysuit and The ridiculously happy form of the leggings look—a little disco, a little Easter. Naughty and good-looking.
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Dries Van Noten Spring 2023 Photo: Alessandro Luciani / Gorunway.com
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Many designers return to the shade season after season. At Jil Sander, Luke and Lucie Meier have long favored cream, using it in structured suiting for women and simple knits for men. At JW Anderson, the designer showed a delicate silk slip dress with a bodice in lace in the color, while at Loewe he used the hue in an oversized tunic with bow detailing. In both cases, Anderson stuck to blue (boots from his eponymous label and jeans from Loewe). Dries Van Noten also explored similar color combinations, pairing a buttery yellow shirt with an oversized rosette on one shoulder with teal slouchy wide-leg pants. It’s the color of everything and everyone; this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the perfect shade.
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