As Fashion Week season comes to an end, there is no doubt that one shade stands out in my mind: the understated, oft-too-overlooked beige. Neutral tones are big right now, both on the high street and on the runway, and European brands have gone mad for the subtle hues of cinnamon, nude and coffee. If beige was once a lacklustre and dull shade unworthy of celebration, it is now front and centre in spring 2019’s consciousness.
When it comes to expertly-made and locally-crafted women’s footwear, Spanish label About Arianne is a key player, with a loyal following for its comfortable yet chic shoes (top image). Using the best Spanish materials and leathers, as well as promising environmentally-responsible products, About Arianne offers the best–but at a reasonable price. This pair of Mary Jane heeled shoes in taupe suede with vegetable lining and sole are typical of the brand’s signature style.
Trousers €230, Suit €490 by MSGM (left image), Catwalk-look by Max Mara (right image)
Guys, suits do not have to be formal! Italian fashion powerhouse, MSGM, is famed for its out-there, often over-the-top looks for both men and women. But, who knew the luxury brand could dial it back and embrace the subtlety of beige? This two-piece khaki suit, white T-shirt and chunky trainers is a look the everyday man can pull off without being too bold or extra. Adding a dash of neon colour is another key trend of spring 2019, and the runway style pictured here demonstrates how it can be achieved without going too far. A splash of neon yellow on the model’s trainers and a statement belt does the trick.
This runway look is everything you could want from the spring 2019 beige obsession: stylish, effortless, breathable and flattering. Max Mara, an Italian up-market ready-to-wear fashion company, went all in for the beige trend while showcasing their Milan Fashion Week spring/summer collection. The range emphasised the power of simplicity, like this trench-coat skirt and sleeveless shirt with a belt. Worn with heels and statement earrings, you are ready for a party with Anna Wintour; dressed with a pair of pumps, multiple chain necklaces and a headband,meanwhile, and you can go seamlessly from the office to your favourite rooftop bar.
Shirt by La Paz, €63.75
It is hard to go wrong with a crisp shirt and a pair of jeans, and Portuguese menswear label La Paz knows how to create uncomplicated styles for men of all ages. Inspired by the Atlantic, its people and traditions, La Paz is focused on local manufacturers and the environment. You will find natural tones, and high-quality shirts, T-shirts, jeans, and outerwear, like this cinnamon-
coloured adaptation of the classic Caribbean havanera shirt, which can be also worn as an overshirt.
Trouseres by Loewe, €1,900
Spanish luxury fashion house, Loewe, is famous for its high-quality leather items. And this pair of tan rainbow rib trousers are taking the recent obsession with luxuriant tracksuits to the
next level. Blending high fashion with streetwear, they are stylish, comfortable, and the rainbow detail adds a refreshing touch of colour to the otherwise neutral tone.
Workwear jumpsuit by The Frankie Shop, €225
The utility trend is here to stay. Workwear jumpsuits, overalls and two-pieces in neutral and khaki shades are everywhere, from the catwalk right down to the high street. The Frankie Shop, from Paris, has embraced the idea that workwear is now the hot thing and offers a large range of utility-inspired pieces. Sophisticated, understated, and effortlessly elegant, this brand is the embodiment of leisurely Paris fashion.
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