Pantone pronounced Radiant Orchid as the color of the year last year, but we all know it was really baby blue. From the catwalks to the sidewalks, the pretty pastel reigned supreme, lording it over everything from pumps to parkas. And now, before Marsala takes over as the color authority's official pick for 2015, shifting the gears to a warm and earthy hue, here is our tribute to the cool and icy shade that dominated the style game last year.
Clockwise from top left: French Connection A/W 2014; inspiration strikes in the cornflower bus ridden by Katharine Ross and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate; Issa Resort 2015, Jacquemus Fall 2014, threaded leather textile developed by Renee de Brock (Lonneke van der Palen).
Rising street style star and Milan-based stylist Gilda Ambrosia's fabulous baby blue blanket coat. (Tommy Ton)
London-based knitwear designer Cassandra Verity Green took cues from the hue's aquatic associations, and teamed her fuzzy version with, surprise, a fishbowl backpack!
Caroline Trentini (pictured with Racquel Zimmermann and Fei Fei Sun) shows how dreamy it is on a silk slip. Like ripples of water. ("Playing It Cool" by Annie Leibovitz for US Vogue)
Chloé pushed the prettiness even further with ruffles and gem-encrusted straps for Resort 2015.
Clockwise from top left: Victoria's Secret and Forever 21 model Josephine Skriver at the Adidas Fanatic Soccer Tournament (Kathy Lo), Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke on the cover of WSJ Magazine (March 2014), faux fur by Renee de Brock with a manicure to match (Lonneke van der Palen), a baby blue sweater with black crepe trousers (Siren Lauvdal).
A space age take from Central Saint Martins-educated Asian designer Jamie Wei Huang, winner of talent awards from Vogue Italy and Elle Taiwan.
Even baby blue backgrounds became a thing, as seen in this shot of Ashleigh Good and Andreea Diaconu for Vogue UK June 2014 (Josh Olins).
Locally, no one beat the perfectly perfect blogger Kim Jones, who hoarded various incarnations of the hue: a pair of fairy-princess heels, trousers, her Celine Trio purse, a Zara car coat, a t-shirt-cut blouse (shall we call it the tee-blouse?) or her manicure. As she would say, baby blue game strong.
Collages by Yayay de Castro. Images via Pinterest.