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Color Cue: 5 Ways Fashion Will Boost Your Mood This Spring

View our roundup of all things bright, beautiful, and bang on-trend—guaranteed to add a burst of cheer to your wardrobe or interiors this season

When it comes to style, spring/summer runways from New York to London, Milan, and Paris all share a similar prediction this season: the outlook for 2022 is as bright as can be. So, whether you’re ready to embrace head-to-toe hues in your fashion choices or would rather add eye-catching color to your accessories or home, we’ve curated a selection of endorphin-boosting items just for you.

Effortless Style

A woman wears a tangerine color skirt and blouse as she models fashion in a green landscape
Known for his use of delicate, fluid fabrics, quiet detailing, and nuanced shades, Peter Cohen creates elegant, understated sophistication in each of his designs.

Peter Cohen’s deceptively simple fashion designs have seen him hailed “an experienced minimalist,” and he’s earned many admirers during 25 years of designing under his own name, among them Sharon Stone, Melinda Gates, and Oprah Winfrey.

Of his latest collection, Cohen says, “Spring 2022 is about fresh-air fashion: clean silhouettes and cheerful color in luxurious fabrics, intended for outdoor events before life returns to a more cloistered way of congregating.” Standout pieces for spring/summer include a stylish crepe dress—a fresh take on the LBD—an easy-to-wear organza coat, and an elegant pant-and-blouse ensemble in cheerful periwinkle (Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2022).

Box of Delights

A wooden jewelry box lined with green velvet embroidered fabric
A Jessica McCormack Heirloom Box is finished with hand-embroidered motifs of enchanted flora and fauna—such as glistening bejeweled blackberries—and will last through generations, just like the jewelry inside.

Jewelry maker Jessica McCormack has long collected antique wooden boxes—the kind used as apothecary cabinets in the 19th century. She’s now started making her own to house the jewels that she crafts in her London atelier. Each features hand-embroidered linings in rich hues and comes with a selection of the designer’s jewelry. McCormack’s boxes are designed to be enjoyed not just by their current owners, but by future generations of gem-lovers. 

Winning Squeak

Ceramic figurines of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in street style fashion and bright color
In honor of Mickey Mouse’s enduring legacy, artist Elena Salmistraro reimagined both Mickey and Minnie in stunning street-art style, complete with modern city clothes, contrasting colors, and three-dimensional textures.

They may have been created almost a century ago, but Mickey and Minnie Mouse are as fresh and fashionable as ever, especially now they’ve been given a Pop Art-style makeover by designer Elena Salmistraro.

Working with Disney and ceramic specialist Bosa, Salmistraro has produced Mickey Forever Young—complete with a studded vest, studded shoes, and doodled shorts—and Minnie Urban Minerva, a vision in a hot-pink jacket and leggings with street-art motifs. The limited-edition figurines, each 20 inches (50 cm) tall, are handcrafted in ceramic and finished with hand-painted details.

“I hope I never lose sight of one thing,” said Walt Disney of his career. “That it was all started by a mouse.” All these years later, that mouse and his companion are still going strong.

Rainbow Connection

Hublot’s Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow wristwatch displayed on a mirrored surface
Described by the brand as a force of “transparency and color,” Hublot’s Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow wristwatch sports a polished sapphire crystal case, and practical details such as water resistance up to 165 feet (50 m).

You can now wear Takashi Murakami’s cheery flowers on your wrist thanks to the artist’s latest collaboration with Hublot. The Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow timepiece features a 3D face with 12 bright petals that rotate around it. A polychromatic effect is achieved using 487 stones representing the colors of the rainbow: pink, blue, yellow, and orange sapphires, rubies, amethysts, and tsavorites (rare and valuable green gemstones).

“Our collaboration with Takashi Murakami is taking us to new lands of expression as yet unexplored by the watchmaking world,” says Hublot CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe. The watch is a limited edition of just 100 numbered pieces. 

Ruby Slippers

A woman's legs seen modelling flat shoes in metallic pink color
Envisioned and designed by an artist, crafted in Italy by a top manufacturer, and finished with a signature synthetic ruby on each pair, Carat shoes are made to last—and to create a lasting impression.

“Carat shoes are designed for fearless ladies who are meticulous and know what they want in a shoe…” says founder Fatmah Hussain. The Kuwaiti designer, who worked in oil before studying fashion in Milan, founded the footwear brand that’s known for its bold use of color in 2019. She has released four new collections of “shoes that are crafted to make a statement.” Carat’s footwear is handcrafted in Italy and each pair features a trademark synthetic ruby jewel on the underside of one arch.

Banner image: The Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow timepiece in collaboration with Hublot