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  • “No one WANTS to look like an air hostess – the idea, as ALWAYS, is to DELIGHT rather than assault”

    being worn together. Except, as I say, today.

    When I look at myself in the mirror, I remind myself of a pillar box. Or maybe a tomato. As the day wears on, though, I find myself feeling quite fabulous and clever and confident. It seems head-to-toe color cannot help but make you taller and slimmer. In the offices of Vogue, I bump into Laura Bailey. “Same!” she says upon spying my ensemble, explaining that she has also been trying the trend. “All this mixing up is beginning to feel a little tired,” she says. “It seems much less complicated, much sexier right now, to do head-to-toe color.”

    Head To Toe. Who would have thought it? Well, designers clearly did. The spring/summer 13 runways were a riot of matchy matchy prints and solid blocks of singular bright colour. Check out Michael Kors’ tonal belted skirt suits in daffodil yellow, or the genius sapphire-hued “trackie” suit by Lanvin. Note Gucci’s super flattering tunic’n’trouser ensembles in

    cobalt blue and hot pink, complete with matching earrings and strappy sandals. I know, matching accessories! Creative director Frida Giannini’s inspiration for this season supposedly emanated from self-portrait photographer Cindy Sherman’s clown period, but ’60s Rome must have had a hand in there, too. One can just imagine Marella Agnelli, with that long elegant neck of hers, holding court in some grand Italianate drawing room, dressed thus.

    The Royals, of course, are old hands. Think of the British Princess Margaret wafting around Mustique in her fastidiously matching turbans and sarongs. Did she own that look or what? Think too, in quite a different way, of

    her sister the Queen and how she never steps out in anything but Matchy Matchy, from the gloves to the bag to the hat to the earrings to the necklace – and perhaps the garments we can’t see, too. Of course, Her Majesty sticks to the same color palette – purples, blues, the odd flash of yellow – the lesson being that if you are to take on the top-to-toe trend, then pick a color that you already like, that already suits, and remember to keep the silhouette simple. No one wants to look like an air hostess – the idea, as always, is to delight rather than assault.

    So then, Anna Wintour. I hardly dare say this, but perhaps, Anna, you were wrong just this once? I’m so convinced that I’m going to go home to completely rearrange my wardrobe in order of color. How easy it will be to get up of a morning and get dressed. How easy it will be to shop. Got to go, there’s a pair of red Saint Laurent ankle boots I have to bag, right now, before anyone else gets in there first. Coming through, coming through, Lady in Red.


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