These Colour Trends Are Going to Dominate the Rest of 2021

It's plain to see from our A/W 21 trend report that colour has a huge part to play for the second half of the year. The forthcoming season is set to be bold and rather beautiful with super-bright, densely pigmented shades taking a prime position across many a key designer collection. You'll find ultra-saturated coral, highlighter yellow, neon, Kelly and emerald green, lipstick red, juicy orange and punchy cobalt blue. There's an omnipresent pink aura throughout the runways, with every option available—from light baby pink to deep fuchsia—but perhaps that's no surprise considering how well established the pink colour trend already is at this point in the year. Perhaps a more surprising addition is the noticeable rise in purple: It's a divisive colour, for sure, but it's backed by the likes of Loewe, Ferragamo, Prada and more, so you know fashion people are going to take this seriously. 

On the other end of the spectrum is a sea of minimalism: soft beige and oatmeal, wintry grey and plenty of brown. It's a more sophisticated palette, but it's certainly more sombre. Mid-blue denim underpins many looks and works well with both these more sumptuous tones and the aforementioned super-brights. What is worth noting, however, is that there is very little in between these two extremes. There's a rainbow on offer, and it's up to you whether you wear one of these colours head to toe, mix them in with equally vibrant different hues or soften them with neutrals. Keep scrolling for the colour trends we think will take off this autumn.

1. THE SUPER-SATURATED BRIGHTS

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: yellow at Versace

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Head-to-toe canary yellow at Versace.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: red at Molly Goddard

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A vibrant pinky-red tulle dress at Molly Goddard.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: blue at Prada

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Prada combined shades of electric blue alongside purple and black.

2. CHIC BROWNS

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: brown at Saint Laurent

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Saint Laurent's metallic, brown Lurex is so fab.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: brown at Gabriela Hearst

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These soft tones dominated many a runway. Gabriela Hearst does them best.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: brown at Chloé

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Brown also comes in prints, both stripes and florals.

3. LONG LIVE PINK

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: pink at Raf Simons

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Raf Simons tried out Barbie pink with bright yellow and acid green—it worked.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: pink at Chanel

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Chanel's pink was more of a deep fuchsia. 

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: pink at Thebe Magugu

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Thebe Magugu's pink trouser suit is all kinds of photogenic.

4. GREY ON GREY

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: grey at Lemaire

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Designers who went for grey did it head to toe, just like Lemaire did here.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: grey at Tory Burch

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Another great example of tailoring + layers + grey comes from Tory Burch.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: grey at Petar Petrov

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And Petar Petrov's version worked with a more feminine skirt silhouette.

5. A DASH OF PURPLE

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: purple at Stand

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Purple accessories against black? That's the Stand way of doing it.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: purple at Ferragamo

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You could even mix in purple with the other super-brights, as seen here at Ferragamo.

autumn winter 2021 colour fashion trends: purple at Loewe

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Loewe's mix of purple, black, blue and yellow made the challenging colour seem more approachable.

6. VERDANT GREENS

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Kermit greens work surprisingly well with black and tan—see Stella McCartney for guidance.

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Lime greens worn together? A perfect look from Supriya Lele to get on board with ASAP.

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Dark forest greens also apply. These leather Alberta Ferretti trousers are so great.

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