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While my closet is packed with it’s fair share of neutral hues, make no mistake about how much I love color. Spring runways were packed with fun new ways to pair shades ranging from acid brights to deep blues and I pulled together a few of my favorite new combos that you can rock well into fall’s crisp weather. Click through to see my picks and dare to make yourself a colorful new ensemble!

Acid Brights – Yes you can mix neon shades without looking like a 90s-era candy raver! The trick? Keep the silhouette as simple as possible and forego embellishment or heavy accessories.

The Colors:
Runway looks from left: Burberry, MaxMara, Aquilano.Rimondi.

The Outfits:
Patterns from left: Tunic, Larissa Jacket, Long Sleeve Top, Trousers with Side Zip, Lightweight Suit Jacket, Pencil Skirt.

The Blues – Turquoise is one of my favorite colors – who knew it went so well with shades of orange?

The Colors:
Runway looks from left: Prabal Gurung, Costume National, Acne.

The Outfits:
Patterns from left: Long Top, Sidone Variation Skirt, Mao Collar Blouse, Canvas Skirt.

Shades of Love – As a child, I remember that the only time I was ever allowed to wear pink and red together was on Valentines Day. No longer is that the case as we now see pink paired up with all shades of red, even orange (my mother is horrified about this, I’m sure). Would you dare to try these bold combos?

The Colors:
Runway looks from left: Loewe, Prabal Gurung, Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli.

The Outfits:
Patterns from left: Leather Top, Canvas Skirt, Dress with Bubble Skirt, Long Top, Skirt with Front Pleat.

Purple Reign – For some reason I’ve always thought of purple as a much more girly color than pink, but a deep indigo-purple paired with bright orange remedies any of those preconceived notions. Also, how great is that blue-purple hue paired with chocolate brown? That might be my new fall color obsession.

The Colors:
Runway looks from left: Issa, Celine, Jil Sander.

The Outfits:
Patterns from left: Cross Back Tanks, Long Skirt, Sleeveless Top, Janina Pants, Long Sleeve Polo Shirt, Long Jacket, Satin Trousers.


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    Aug 22, 2011, 10.09 AMby ahandzlik

    I remember “old school teaching guide” that some colours cannot go together (like red/green); and I love the trends breaking that rule now :D

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    Aug 17, 2011, 05.17 PMby jeannief

    Thank goodness!!!!! I am SO sick of black! It’s really great to see color here. I love the combinations too, although I would tone it down a bit for me -not much though; I’m going to be 59 and fabulous!

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    Aug 16, 2011, 11.27 PMby fashionfave

    Great colors!!!! So alive.

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    Aug 16, 2011, 01.58 PMby Lona Lang

    LOVE the colors. Finally a style that lets you go where ever your mood takes you! Nice combos.

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    Aug 15, 2011, 12.17 PMby Ankara

    Thank you Burda team for showing us how to take boring patterns and really wow the world. I’m huge fan of colour, this has made me rush back to my back stacks of magazines to revisit some plainer styles and think “outfit” not item. It’s the combinations, and you’ve done a great job showing us which B-patterns might fit the look. Also I’ve got to crack my patterned print addiction this is fabulous to getting me in another direction.

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    Aug 15, 2011, 04.36 AMby Cristina Haines

    Ok, sorry to be irreverent, but what’s with the yellow lipstick and the boob shirt? o_O

    I do like some of the stuff. And I like the idea.

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    Aug 14, 2011, 04.33 PMby aleah

    Maybe I’m strange, but I’m not a huge fan of this. Especially not on me, but I’ve seen people who really suit it.

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    Aug 13, 2011, 06.14 PMby ladyshape

    LOVE the red and pink leather Loewe combo. Not so sure about brown and purple though, it makes me think of Cadburys chocolate.

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    Aug 13, 2011, 02.48 PMby fashionfreek

    Lovely beautiful colours:-)

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    Aug 13, 2011, 11.35 AMby poppykettle

    I heart colour :)

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    Aug 13, 2011, 11.28 AMby gillthecat

    coooool i bought a small piece of fushia silk to small in its own right but i might be able to work it in,, hm now my brain may explode trying to figure out how !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Aug 13, 2011, 10.30 AMby groovymama

    This is fantastic. I’m a big fan of color blocking

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    Aug 13, 2011, 08.45 AMby angelical

    This is one of my favourite trends this year! Just love the idea of mixing colors, especially pink/red/orange and blue/green/purple!

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    Aug 13, 2011, 03.50 AMby wintersky

    Not sure if i would take on board but nice to see current trends

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    Aug 13, 2011, 01.46 AMby nouvellegamine

    this is so fun & fresh. a great transition from summer to fall :D

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      Aug 13, 2011, 02.22 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      or from winter to spring :p

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      Aug 13, 2011, 03.08 AMby nouvellegamine

      lol! you know, i always think of spring & fall as being similar because they’re changing seasons. the weather is always unpredictable. whereas winter & summer seem more stable.
      looking at this color blocking it struck me as very dynamic :D

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    Aug 12, 2011, 09.00 PMby jefita

    Ha, I already had an unhealthy fondness for ridiculous bright color combos. I am amused to see this is a “thing” now. Now I can pretend I’m trendy and not childish.

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    Aug 12, 2011, 06.57 PMby designerroya

    I have been loving this trend for some months now! I think I’ll make a top like that!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 06.52 PMby tinybows

    I love the idea!

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