For anyone who is a fan of the Royal family and colour the Daily Mail ran a colour-themed piece about the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday, after it was announced last week that she had been voted Vanity Fair’s best dressed woman for the third year in a row. Originally featured in The Mail on Sunday, they accompanied the article with quite a visually appealing photo montage of the Duchess’ outfits from the last two years, breaking them down into a kaleidoscope of colour categories. This was accompanied by an analysis and percentage breakdown for the proportion of outfits falling into each colour category. Unsurprisingly the most common colour worn by the Duchess is blue, followed by grey and white, making the dominant palette relatively conservative. Green features for 9% of the outfits, however several of those featured look distinctly grey to me, highlighting the persistent issue of colour categorising. Although whether this was down to a disparity in colour perception or colour naming on behalf of the Daily Mail team is anyone’s guess.
The Daily Mail isn’t exactly known for it’s rigorous academic research, so I couldn’t possible say from the article if the percentages are in any way accurate. However, what it does demonstrate is that in fashion colour has been having a bit of a renaissance for the last few seasons, and it seems any colour of the rainbow goes, even if you’re a royal.