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Wear buttery yellow on Thanksgiving and beyond

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.

Bottega Veneta Fall

Image: Alessandro Lucioni / Imaxtree / Courtesy of Bottega Veneta 2023

Copernicus falls

photo: Provided by Coperni

Isabel Marant Resort

Photo: Thue Nørgaard / Courtesy of Isabel Marant


Rick Owens Spring2023

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Tory Burch Spring 2023 2023Photo: Isidore Montag/

Wu Jichun2023

Photo: Daniele Oberrauch / 2023

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.

Zegna Spring 2023

Image courtesy of Zegna 2023

Casablanca Spring

Photo: Salvatore Dragone / 2023

Alyx Spring

Photo: Daniele Oberrauch/Gorunway.com2023

Alaïa Spring2023


Photo: courtesy of Alaïa

Raf Simons Spring 2023

Image: Giovanni Giannoni / Courtesy of Raf Simons

Sportmax Spring

Photo: Filippo Fior/

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.

Dion Lee spring 2023

Photo: Isidore Montag /

Jil Sander falls2022

Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com2023

Jil Sand Resort2023

Photo: Courtesy of Jil Sander 2023

Mariam Nasir Zadeh falls

Photo: Madison Voelkel / Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh


Dries Van Noten Spring 2023 Photo: Alessandro Luciani /

Deveaux Springs

Photo: Isidore Montag /

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.

JW Anderson Spring 2023

Photo: Isidore Montag /

Max Mara Spring2023

Photo: Filippo Fior /

Loewe Spring2023

Photo: Daniele Oberrauch /



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