Fashion’s Key Colours To Know For 2015

Say bonjour to the coolest hues on the AW15 catwalks - we've put the key catwalk collections through our Marie Claire colour-o-meter to work out the season's most popular shades. Which will you be wearing?

The autumn/winter catwalks aren’t usually a riot of colour. To be honest, our hearts sometimes sink into our stacked platforms at the prospect of yet another season garbed in khaki and black. But AW15 is set to be different. For once, the runways were overflowing with sumptuous shades and bold brights. Hurrah for the black-phobes among us. Although there is plenty of black too – read on for that later…For your delight and delectation, we’ve run the hottest catwalk collections through our Marie Claire colour-o-meter (we know how to have fun, oh yes we do) and worked out the season’s most popular colours – according to designers, anyway.

Here’s how the season adds up in shades – pick your hue and start working into your wardrobe now…

1. Black – 26%

You know what we said about there being lots of colour? Well, there is. But the old fashionista favourite, black, still comes out on top, dominating a whopping quarter of the season’s key looks. Pick from Givenchy’s glam/chola girl goth, resplendent in lace and velvet, Saint Laurent’s scary/sexy 80s party girl, or Alexander Wang’s leather-clad bovver-boot lover. 

From left to right: Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang

2. Red – 13%

Next up – scarlet women amongst us, rejoice. Crimson is officially the hottest actual colour of the saison. From Marni’s traffic-stopping pillarbox red to Dior’s darker tomato, on the catwalk it was all about wearing it head to toe – accessories included. In real life: perfect for a winter coat or cape – maybe save the matching boots for later.

From left: Salvatore Ferragamo, Marni, Dior, Hermes

3. Grey – 13%

It’s one of the colour chart’s easiest shades to wear, whatever your skintone. So hurrah for grey, in all its chic, understated glory. Naturally it’s all about tactile knitwear, like Isabel Marant’s divine cableknit, and interesting tailoring – see Proenza Schouler’s sculptural tie-front coat and Stella’s waterfall tunic ‘n’ trouser combos.

From left: Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, Proenza Schouler

3. Tie-break! Blue – 12%

Coming in joint third, the catwalks were awash with blue in all its variants. Dolce & Gabbana went baby blue for their Mamma-tribute show, while Prada’s gorgeous sweet and sour collection featured an eye-popping cobalt, teamed with coral and peppermint green accessories. For night, you can’t beat deep midnight blue for drama that’s less stark than black – top marks to Erdem.

From left: Prada, Erdem, Dolce & Gabbana

4. White – 11%

You know that small fortune you’ve just spent on floaty white dresses for the heatwave? Good news – you can still wear them even when it’s cold! (add some boots though). Everyone’s favourite fresh summer shade has turned into ‘winter white’ for AW15. Victoria Beckham swathed her girls in chic oversized knits, while Karl worked crisp wool separates for Fendi – and Valentino went the full romantic with tiered tulle.

From left: Victoria Beckham, Valentino, Fendi

5. Pink – 9%

Think pink – and not any old shade. This season, it’s all about blush and sugar rather than in-your-face fuchsia. Simone Rocha’s cut-out dress reminds us of iced gems, while Sarah Burton’s decaying rose dress is almost peachy skin-toned. But trust JW Anderson to take things up a notch – his coloured leathers came in delicious shades of lilac, mint and this yummy shade of pale shrimp.

From left: Simone Rocha, JW Anderson, Alexander McQueen

6. Green – 4%

Green’s having a shy moment for winter but when it makes an appearance, it’s pretty standout – see Christopher Kane’s forest green pleated lame, JW Anderson’s spearmint leather at Loewe and Prada’s twisted teal tweed with blue collar. Blue and green so should be seen…

From left: Christopher Kane, Loewe, Prada

7. Yellow – 3%

The sunshine shade is high-kicking in, second from bottom in the colour charts. Never mind – it’s so high visibility, we don’t need much of it…Miu Miu’s 1960s-style croc coat is clashing heaven teamed with orange shoes and a leopard bag, while Versace’s citrus fluffy coat is just like Big Bird. But in a good way.

From left: Just Cavalli, Miu Miu, Versace

8. Camel – 1%

Last but not least, pale brown, toffee and caramel have snaffled the smallest percent of key looks. But for a fall/winter fallback, we all know a good camel coat never goes out of style. Top of our list is Fendi’s cashmere double-breasted number – or Burberry’s statement suede cape. Yum!

From left: Fendi, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger

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