Orange and yellow are two of the most difficult colors to pull off. At least they seem to be according to the woman trying on a blouse in the hues’ crayon-box variety while she’s bathed in florescent dressing room lighting and complaining about her post-winter pallor. But when done in the right fabric, and when considered in a different context (away from their primary Crayola family) orange and yellow can actually be golden.
Resort 2015 proved this. A variety of richly saturated garments fell under the blanket of a Marigold umbrella — which you can take my word for since I googled the flower and it comes in a few different shades.
Rosie Assoulin’s apricot shirt and shorts are Marigold, as is her ball skirt that appears floral in both color and shape. Marigold is also Rochas’ sunny tented gown and Tome’s mustard jumpsuit (which looks more Dijon in person than in the photo, so once again, if you don’t mind, take my word). So too is 10 Crosby’s burnt orange skirt and Marc Jacobs’ flaxen, flowered head-to-toe combo. And where Marigold didn’t fully bloom, it budded — yellow on the ribs at Vuitton, a saffron Proenza Schouler bag, an abstract clementine at Burberry.
They say three’s a trend and I’ve just now listed more than four, but it’s still a bit too obscure to take over. What’s cool about Marigold is that color is a little off. It’s kind of Brady Bunch meets a Mark Rothko painting; the palette of an early Antonio Lopez illustration or a 1960-something living room.
It’s not obvious, like red, or universally flattering, like navy. Per the everywoman in that badly lit dressing room I mentioned earlier, it can’t exactly be worn with immediate ease. Slight planning is involved — maybe a tan, the right accessory, a complimentary lip or an island backdrop. This is, after all, a color intended for resort. So come November it may not be everywhere, but maybe that’s what makes it golden.