When designers unleashed their autumn lines in February, I was expecting to witness the usual seasonal suspects of earthy browns, plush purples, a spectrum of greens, burnt oranges and fiery reds stating their presence up and down the catwalk. Not wanting to be reminded of the winter chill I had just left behind, I began to dream of the ice cream coloured pastels I would be wearing this spring. However, these thoughts were quickly dismissed by the presence of the new kid on the block, cobalt blue which provided an unexpected, refreshing and an effervescent feeling to the pre fall shows.

Like the little black dress, cobalt is a colour that will transcend seasons, will work as a staple colour for both clothes and accessories and will work in harmony with any hair colour. Its uniqueness is also found in its ability to convey power, sophistication and femininity in just one shade. Therefore, whilst this colours origin dates back to 1777, it seems cobalt blue has found a new lease of life in providing the 21st century woman with an uplifting colour for autumn 2012.

However, cobalt was the only common denominator seen across the designers’ collections as they incorporated this colour into their individual patterns, shapes and lines. Christopher Kane used cobalt to accentuate his textured patterns, whilst his metallic finishing glistened in the stage lights reminding us of the summer sun glimmering on the sea. Other designers such as Erdem incorporated the colour of cobalt into his loud and decorative patterns, whilst Oscar de la Renta chose to rejuvenate classic tailoring by using cobalt to emphasise the sharpness of his lines.

My personal love and fascination with this vivacious colour was reawakened this summer at my cousins wedding. As the bridesmaids walked down the aisle, their striking and effortlessly beautiful cobalt coloured dresses transported me back to the month of February. It was at this moment when I realised that what I had originally deemed as a colour crush needed to be quickly redefined as an infatuation, as it dawned on me that come autumn, I was going to need an entire closet dedicated to cobalt.

Hattie Lee

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