Throwing shade: AW17’s tonal trend
There’s no denying that tonal dressing is a hard look to master. Not only that but wearing multiple shades of one colour also risks triggering the anxiety of over-coordination – or fear of looking like a reject from a 90s boy band. However, from gowns to coats, the tonal trend has dominated the catwalk for Autumn/Winter; it may even count as an inescapable wardrobe shift. So, why not woman up and go head to toe in variations on your favourite tones – from Elle Woods to the AW17 catwalks, there’s plenty of inspiration out there.
There is something about the idea of tonal dressing that creates a burning desire to attire in pink. Londoner Georgia Harding’s AW17 collection featured pale pink shades - a classier choice than the Legally Blonde look. Inspired by architecture, her designs often have a three-dimensional quality, and her pink ruffled skirts and textured dresses are both structured and feminine.
We’re 100% behind the catwalk’s fifty shades of pink moment, but if it’s not your colour of choice, the trend also extends way beyond - to yellows, browns and blues, for example. Parisian designer Anissa Aida was slightly ahead of the curve, opting for a range of blue shades in her SS17 collection, which features androgynous silhouettes and asymmetric stripes. The cool tones and loose fit have a sense of boyish chic, with colour coordinated satchels completing a truly head to toe tonal aesthetic. The tonal aesthetic continued into AW17 too where she employed shades of brown, beige and gold.
Statement outerwear in twinning tones made an appearance in Vika Gazinskaya’s AW17 collection, in particular these multi-tonal macs. If you're thinking about ice lollies now you're not alone - there's a definite Zoom aesthetic in there - but the bold design is a classy take on an icy treat and one with serious style credentials.
For those keen to cash in on this autumn trend right now, accessible sunny yellow tones appeared on the catwalk at the Nolcha Shows for SS17. Chinese designer Lu Yang’s signature geometric patterns covered a honeycomb print midi dress, for example, composed of varying shades of yellow hexagons (and pockets - all dresses should have pockets).
Stockholm Fashion Week AW17 had a more Autumnal colour palette to its tonal looks, with plenty of cosy pieces that will make you forget the downsides of the end of summer. Hunkydory’s forest green turtle neck, paired with darker green leather trousers is a prime example of an easy way to to this trend without making a statement about it.
And finally, Billie Jacobina who took tonal dressing to new extremes for AW17 by producing an almost entirely tonal show. Dominant pinks and reds adorned everything from set dressing to hairpieces, shoes to fishnets. If you've got no time for subtle then head to toe is the way to go.
By Elizabeth Kennedy and The Glass Pineapple