The best way to move on from a year that was depressing and dull, is to jazz up your wardrobe. How about adding some sunshine to a closet that is filled with boring sweatpants? Pantone announced two colours — ‘Illuminating’ and ‘Ultimate grey’ — as the colours of 2021.
Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. And Ultimate grey is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.
So while you can continue wearing your grey sweats when working from home, you mustn’t forget to add a pop of yellow to your outfit when you hit the town with your girls.
“These two independent colours come together to create an aspirational colour pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day,” Pantone explained.
Not surprisingly, the colours have already been spotted on fashion runways. ‘Illuminating yellow’ was seen in SS21 collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Prada and Elie Saab, among others. On the other hand, ‘Ultimate grey’ was the highlight of SS21 collections from Emporio Armani, Max Mara and Salvatore Ferragamo.
How to style…
Wondering how you can incorporate the colours in your wardrobe? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Celebrity stylist Ami Patel, who has worked with Bollywood stars such as Alia Bhatt, Sara Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, and southern star Kajal Aggarwal, shares some styling tips with Hyderabad Today. “You can wear both the colours by saying yes to colour blocking. You can even go for just one colour from head-to-toe by trying tone-on-tone dressing,” suggests Ami. “Add pops of yellow or grey in the form of accessories,” she adds.
‘Illuminating’ and ‘Ultimate grey’ are two contrast colours that blend in seamlessly when put together. “It’s definitely a bold colour trend!” feels celebrity designer Archana Kochhar. “This is a stunning palette; women can opt for an illuminating yellow short lehenga skirt pattern and team it with an ultimate grey ruffle crop top for an Indo-western fusion look. On the other hand, men can opt for an asymmetrical illuminating yellow jacket and pair it up with slim tapered ultimate grey trousers for a dapper, sleek look,” adds Archana, whose designs have been worn by the likes of Taapsee Pannu, Kriti Sanon and Ileana D’Cruz.
For women in casual wear or streetwear, these colours are easily incorporated and also quite commonly worn. From ultimate grey jeans, jackets and skirts to a pair of shorts, women have various options to choose from in denim. In the last year or so, there is a huge influence of fast fashion even in luxury clothing, says celeb designer Shehla Khan.
“I think these two colours — Illuminating yellow and Ultimate grey — are quite versatile in that sense. From men’s casual wear in yellow to bright yellow dress shirts and grey suits in all shades, these colours are quite easily wearable. In formal wear, grey is a colour I have always been drawn to in terms of Indian wear as well as western.
It is a very adaptable and classic colour. Illuminating yellow is a happy colour, and can be worn as Indian couture as well as a ball gown. It’s just striking as a colour and makes a statement in itself. So I think, one way or another, there is high consumer demand for it,” adds Shehla, who has worked with stars Alaya F, Shraddha Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.