The rainbow on the catwalk. “You select out that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue… it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns”. Word of Miranda Priestley alias Anne Wintour/Meryl Streep. She said approximately like this in the movie The Devil wears Prada, being ironical about the pseudo radical-chic choice of her assistant Andrea/Anne Hathaway, at first not prone to fashion’s temptations at all. Andrea thought that she had choosen a “new” and nonconformist colour: it was not so in the fiction and it’s not so in reality. Colour trend are launched by designers: the first who dares – if the trend would be really in favour – will be followed (not copied) by the others, that in the following seasons propose the same colour in different shades, lighter or darker hues, for garments different from the “original” one. This is the case of the blue cotton suit designed by Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein in 2011, a colour recovered by Kris Van Assche for Dior Homme this year but in a softer shade, for a short-sleeved sweater adorned by geometrical sketches that recall the Mondrian’s paintings. Within a couple of years, maybe less, you will find the same colour on stalls or in the special deal baskets at the mall: that is to say that fashion arrives at everybody, sooner or later, even at who snubs it. Miranda’s right. From above: a Calvin Klein suit shot by Massimo Pamparana for Style, 2011; and picture from the Dior Homme s/s 2014 collection.