Pink has always been a tricky colour; the Barbie-brained little girl connotations can be hard to shake. But this season designers reclaimed the shade. Accented with black – see PPQ – it suddenly looks so much fresher than monochrome. Combined with a clean, oversized structure – see Simon Rocha – it evokes a haughty Grace Kelly elegance. Out of the blue, pink has become the perfect way to convey a sense of unflappable cool – and it helps you stand out from the depressing sea of grey, black and navy on the tube.

Our favourite high street take is Hobbs’s watermelon cocoon, best worn with a pair of black leather skinnies, some monk-strap flats and a mysterious smile.

A rose has thorns too, you know.

The Pink coat trend AW13

On the catwalk
Jonathan Saunders, £1685
PPQ, £1.095
Simone Rocha, £895

On the highstreet
Coast, £195
Zara, £59.99
River Island, £65
Jaeger, £250
Hobbs, £239
Topshop, £125

Words: Molly Flatt
Styling: Leonie Benaiah

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