For years, I wanted to be the sort of woman who regularly wore yellow.
I loved the vintage yellow dress model Kate Moss wore in 2003, and I bought one of the copycat designs she made of it at UK retailer Topshop. I was equally enamoured with actress Michelle Williams’ saffron-coloured Vera Wang gown at the 2006 Academy Awards.
Both women looked utterly beautiful – but when recreating their looks, I had a questionable degree of success.
That’s because, while bold sweeps of yellow are wonderful mood lifters, many women – myself included – are not brave enough to swan around in the sunflower and egg-yolk shades that dominate the catwalk.
However, with yellow the major fashion trend of 2022, designers are creating collections that are not just beautiful but flattering. From buttercup to canary via lemon and dandelion, yellow – more than any other colour – is associated with summer, heat and happiness.
As the world came out of multiple lockdowns last year, designers released more yellow collections than ever before, including Roksanda, Emilia Wickstead, Zimmermann and Molly Goddard.
The popularity of the hue among celebrities is indisputable. One Bulgari party in Paris saw actress Anne Hathaway looking dazzling in a daffodil-yellow shirtdress and matching shorts by Valentino. Equally head-turning was Lisa from K-pop girl group Blackpink in a bandeau top and straight skirt from Korean brand Pinkong.
The shades they picked weren’t quite as easy to wear as the one chosen by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore an Emilia Wickstead dress to the Jubilee church service in London with a matching Philip Treacy hat.
The hue was a specific one: a pale lemon yellow, which is a shade one fashion director calls more flattering than a facelift.