Color Trends from the Runway

Each season we look to the runways to see what styles are going to influence high- and low-brow fashion over the coming months. The couture shows are always a little too outlandish (and more importantly, expensive) for the every girl to rock, but that doesn’t mean you can’t translate the trends off the cat walk and into real life. And one of the easiest ways to do it? Look to the color trends and lift the palette.

Color Trends: How to Spot Them

There are all sorts of creative ways to interpret trends from the biggest and brightest fashion names, but hue is the perfect place to start. When pulling inspiration from over-the-top and out-of-budget runway looks, it’s easy for all of the elegance and intricate details to get lost or watered down in the trickle-down process. But working with the colors from the haute couture houses is an easier tactic for remaining on-trend without bordering on bad knock-off.

Dusty Purples and Mauves Are on Point

Weeding through the designer separates, formal dresses and wedding gowns, even the most inexperienced style rookie can find repetition. Like picking out the patterns in a grade school lesson or experiment, it’s as easy as recognizing what shades keep popping up, show after show. And it’s not even like you’ll have to witness them all. After flipping through the shot list of just a few designer names, you’ll start to notice what the prominent picks are for a season. This time around? Dusty purples and mauves made a statement, like a beautiful blend of 2016’s very own Pantone Colors of the Year.

The Spring couture shows brought the glitz and glam we’ve come to expect, alongside soft and sweet shades that couldn’t be more suited for the start of warm weather months and, of course, wedding season. Take the violet cues from Armani Prive , Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad to outfit everyday events and special occasions alike. Trust me, you’ll be feeling like fashion royalty in no time.

No matter the form (party frocks, knitwear and even accessories), adding a dash of dreamy amethyst or ethereal thistle into your spring wardrobe repertoire is sure to elicit knowing smiles.

Our On-Trend Picks

Shop below for our favorite pieces that nod to this season’s couture lineup:


Reign Over Me Lace Dress, $128, Free People

Mixed-Stitch Turtleneck Sweater, $49.99, Banana Republic

J. Crew 3″ Chino Shorts, $39.50, J. Crew

What do you think of this season’s color trends?


Melissa is creative communications professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.