Words Dan Toye
Pantone has announced that the 2020 colour of the year is ‘Classic Blue’. Leatrice Eisman, the Executive Director of Pantone, stated they choose the colours based on “what is taking place in our global culture” and so, classic blue was chosen as in these conflicting times we need a colour which “provides an anchoring foundation” and it is a “solid and dependable hue we can always rely on”. Blue has always been a very popular colour: Picasso had a three-year blue period, blue was one of the most expensive colours during the Renaissance, it is the central colour in the flag of the united nations, Pantone has chosen blue six other times and even Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada rants to Andy Sachs about the importance of blue and its different hues.
In the world of the red carpet, blue has been featured at many of the major events this year. At the Oscars; Octavia Spencer used the classic blue to look classically beautiful in a ballroom style dress by Chrisitan Sirano while Tina Fey exuded elegance in her blue tulle dress by Vera Wang with a matching clutch. Meanwhile on the street, celebrities showed that blue can be worn casually. Hailey Baldwin wears a magnificent blue coat exemplified by a white shirt and paired with a belt, trousers, and boots to match while Bella Hadid wears a more casual blue jacket and a pair of trousers made out of a collage pattern with a blue theme running through with pops of yellow and red. The blue has even been worn by Kate Middleton this year as she radiated royalty in a minimalistic dress.
The Spring/Summer season of 2020 was full of blue from the crazy and fabulous wigs in Jeremy Scott’s show to the creative applications of make-up in Libertine’s and Salvatore Ferragamo’s shows. Balenciaga, as part of one of their final three gowns, made one purely out of velvet blue and contrasted the softness of the fabric with the severe structure of the boning. Richard Quinn used a black fabric imprinted with roses in different shades of dark blue paired with a blue shadow to complete this chic look.
If you wish to purchase items of clothing for yourself to be trendy for next year, I have hand-picked a range of fashionable items. For instance, this Dior jumper can be paired with nearly anything but has a nice cute design element with the asymmetrical zip and will surely be comfy being made out of 100% wool. Alternatively, you can look trendy while at the gym or while jogging with these Nike trainers which will soon be released. If you do not have one of Alexander McQueen’s iconic clutches inspired by knuckle busters one has been released this year in a gorgeous blue. Also from Alexander McQueen, if you are looking for a dress for a cocktail party, look no farther than this knit blue mini dress juxtaposed with ruffles on the bottom. Finally if you are looking for a complete look consider the trousers and top from Roland Mouret utilising asymmetry, complicated panels positively conflicting with the ruffles on the trousers.
Alternative to fashion here is an example of how to use blue in your home. Anne-Laure Dubois renovated a flat by modernising it in a very common style of being both minimalistic and white but the special twist in this flat has pops of beautiful classic blue elevating the look of the flat to something wonderful. Such as this kitchen counter-top and floor which gives the room more flavour and more fun, and this can be seen in the bathroom where the blue illuminates the room’s simplicity and the geometry pattern in the toilet makes the room livelier. Lastly, the bedroom wall’s blue gives an overall sense of calm and tranquillity, exactly what one needs in a bedroom.
Instead of renovating an entire flat, here are some options to add some blue to your house without completely re-doing your home; such as this wonderful, modern chair which is available in coloured ash or lacquer. The AJ lamp has been, for its fiftieth anniversary, put back into production with five new colours including blue. These pillows, like the bedroom in the flat above, have this calming feeling due to the blue and their appropriate name: Moon Pillows, due to the white circle in the blue resembling the moon. If you are missing a sofa and willing to experiment with something slightly strange this sofa is perfect and it is promised to be extremely comfy and the blue compliments the texture of the fabric. Another item which fits the same brief as the sofa (willing to experiment) but you are not willing to spend so much are these recycled rubber baskets which have bronze detailing in the overall blue design.