The Fashion Memo

15 Colorful Dresses For Truly Standout Style

l-r: Loewe, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander McQueen are turning up the color dial this season with dresses in sizzling shades

From painterly midi dresses in techniocolor hues to slinky slips for after-dark soirées, there’s a new-season style for every occasion. By GRACE COOK


The change in seasons has long been signified by a singular garment – think fall’s cozy knits, winter’s ankle boots and summer’s quintessential flat sandals. And no sartorial silhouette heralds the arrival of spring quite like a new dress. In lightweight fabrics and bright colors inspired by longer, lighter days, these dresses encourage us to shed our winter layers.

Stella McCartney SS22

Across the SS22 runways, designers offered kaleidoscopic iterations for every occasion. Heading to a spring wedding? Valentino and Alexander McQueen have you covered, with sumptuous sorbet-yellow hues that prove a palate cleanser from more muted shades, while Loewe and Nanushka opted for jewel tones in slinkier silhouettes that are distinctly after-dark – layer Nanushka’s emerald slip with a cashmere knit for day-to-night versatility.

Elsewhere, the new season appeals to our inner wanderlust. Dries Van Noten and Paco Rabanne showcased painterly patterned numbers in bold shades that channel faraway climes. And at Chloé, creative director Gabriela Hearst has brought a renewed focus on artisanship to the French maison since taking the helm; her loose-cut linen midi features delicate crochet detailing in rainbow shades that will channel the beach even when you’re brunching in the city. Layer it over a crisp cotton tee for cooler days, no matter where you’re going.


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