Orange is a color for artists and extroverts and romantics given to zesty self-expression. That’s why Christo decided to drape Central Park in orange sheets — and not, say, crimson or purple — in the dead of winter. Orange is the palette of crazy people.
It’s also a tricky hue for lingerie garments. In the fall, designers will sometimes present muted autumnal tones that dilute orange into something resembling a neutral shade. But dramatic, statement-making orange is rarer.
But this year is different, and bright orange hues are popping up in designer lingerie collections everywhere, like marigolds announcing the arrival of spring. And it’s this kind of declarative color statement that is turning lingerie into too-cool-to-conceal streetwear.
We can give color arbiter Pantone some credit for the rebirth of orange as a fashion color. They named something called ‘Tangerine Tango’ as 2012′s color of the year in fashion and design — a bit arbitrary, perhaps, but some designers pay close attention to such trend-setting pronouncements.
Regardless of what the tastemakers decree, orange has much broader appeal than any single mutation can offer. Since it’s a hybrid of two primary colors, orange offers endless possibilities for variation and can work in fashion every season.
In the gallery below we’ve gathered some of the most interesting takes on orange lingerie and undergarments for Spring 2012, but don’t be surprised if no two shades look alike.
For color purists, you’ll find examples of coral, salmon, mango and tangerine, as well as tones that lean toward the yellow end of the spectrum or the red, and varying degrees of saturation ranging from crayon-like color pops to subtly understated pastels. But they’re all notes in the same symphony; this year, everything rhymes with orange.
And what can you actually do in orange undies? Take a hint from the Polish avante garde womenswear designer Malgorzata Dudek, whose wild creation is shown above: just dance your heart out.
Cotton and Ceylon lace, Dolce Vita collection.
The Lake & Stars
Bold body-con silhouettes from SS2012 collection. The socks are indispensable!
Victoria’s Secret Designer Collection
Lace demi bra and thong. Currently out of stock.
XOXO romper (left) and Summer Crush bra top and flutter briefs from American Summer collection.
Silk charmeuse dress.
Daisy & Elizabeth
Strappy color-blocked looks (w/suspenders!) from the Brooklyn duo’s SS2012 collection. Also shown in main photo at top of this article.
Free People Intimates
Detail showing Galloon lace halter bra (left) in nectarine; and lace trim bandeau in mango.
Lemon Drop ensemble with lime satin and tangerine lace from SS2012.
Open-front Susan Motion body can be worn facing front or back.
Piazza Leone demi-robe from spring collection in colorway called La Seranissima.
La Fée Verte
Spring collection contains numerous pieces in a coral-like hue, both in the lingerie and new RTW line. Look for slips, soft bras and briefs, shorts and coverups in solid colorway or print.
180 by Jean Yu
Sheer silk-chiffon tee and shorts from last summer’s debut collection. Hard to find!
Made-to-order silk tap panty.
B bra and U undi from 2012 spring collection.
Sheer A-tank from 2012 collection, ‘The Drug and the Dream‘.
Three very different beachwear looks based on unique orange-y hues, from left: Saba coverup in louxor hue; Minaret bikini in soufi; Holdup one-piece in louxor.
Marie Jo L’Aventure
Christian bra and brief.
Lace So Pretty ensemble from Spring 2012 collection.
Silk georgette Elin slip in a bright tangerine.