The Rundown

Retro Rust


In fashion, brown – coffee, chestnut, hazel, chocolate, rust or auburn, whichever shade strikes your fancy – has sometimes been a contested colour. For AW18, designers are exploring almost every variation, it's up to you to decide which one ends up in your wardrobe.

Photography by Zeb Daemen - Styling by Zoë Hordies
Hair & Makeup by Lili Glavan - Model Tosca @Paparazzi Models - Words by Siska Lyssens

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Depending on skin tone, some hues are off-limits, and is wearing brown and black really a faux pas, or is it just a chic classic? Not if you ask Alessandro Dell’Acqua, who applied a caramel-coloured shade to a handful of elegant pieces for his autumn/winter 2018 Rochas show. The designer paired a richly hued caramel silk shirt dress, subtly retro thanks to its layered, ruffled bib and fabric-coloured buttons, with sheer black tights and a black clutch. Rhinestone detailing on the pointed collar and cuffs offset the demure vibe, balancing out the polish with youthfulness.  

The AW18 collection features the colour a few more times, in a more minimal silhouette and as a lavish fur coat, but the earthy tone recurs in other designers’ offerings, too. Chloé, known for its sixties and seventies fixation, infused its bohemian collection with varying shades of a gingery brown and chocolaty furs, leathers and suedes. Mulberry laid a brown check pattern over its outsized blazers and trenches. And you can always turn to JW Anderson for a lesson on how to sneak in a brown pinstripe pattern or lacy bralet into an avant-garde silhouette.

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