The potent power of pink

PINK continues to captivate. Since its role as the color of activism during the 2020 US elections, pink remains in our collective consciousness. By the time model Chrissy Teigen arrived at the Grammys 2022 red carpet in a Nicole + Felicia ballgown, fashion bible Vogue has decreed that bright fuchsia is the color of the year.

Pink has supplanted Very Peri, which was announced as the color of the year for 2022 by Pantone, the world-leading expert in color. At the international fashion weeks for Fall/Winter 2022, Versace, Richard Quinn, Chanel, and Giambattisa Valli presented several variations of pink creations.

The most stupendous display of pink, however, was by Pierpaolo Piccioli for his Valentino Pink PP Collection. “Pink is rampant everywhere, in a total estrangement that includes the set, and that is reiterated by the occasional total black and total white intermissions. Pink [is] a manifestation of the unconscious and a liberation from the need for realism,” the Italian house notes. “The accumulation of pink elements is such as to eliminate the visual shock to bring out, together, the unique character of the person, expressed by the face and the eyes, and the work on the pieces of clothing: the signs that shape them into a silhouette, the textures that give them consistency, the decorations that are part of the construction.”

  • PINK IS QUEENLY. The world’s longest-reigning monarch, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year. To commemorate this milestone, the Royal Collection Trust released a hardcover book, titled The Queen: 70 Glorious Years.

The official souvenir publication “document[s] Her Majesty’s early life before she acceded to the throne in 1952, her official role as monarch, her travel at home and abroad in support of the Commonwealth, and her fondness for animals and family life.”

On the cover, the smiling Queen wears a pink suit and matching fascinator. I’m not quite sure if the ensemble is by Angela Kelly, whose formal title is Personal Advisor to Her Majesty (The Queen’s Wardrobe). What’s definite, though, is that the Queen loves to wear colorful clothing.

  • PINK AND GILDED. Kim Kardashian may have worn to the Met Gala (formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit) the Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress from 1962, but the one on-theme was Ariana Rockefeller, who wore a vintage Elizabeth Arden ivory gown designed by Ferdinando Sarmi made for her grandmother, Peggy Rockefeller, in 1954. This year’s theme was “Gilded Glamour,” and Ariana being the great-great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, an industrialist who made his fortunes during the Gilded Age, was on point.

Amid the glitz, pink again shone bright. Fil-Am designer Monique Lhuillier made a custom rose faille gown with Watteau train and opera length gloves for model-actress Molly Sims. Valentino Pink was vibrant, as seen on acclaimed actress Glenn Close wearing a hot-pink suit complete with matching gloves, an embellished grand cape and fuchsia drop earrings; newlyweds Nicola Peltz Beckham and Brooklyn; and Romanian actor Sebastian Stan, in a pink coat, pink shirt, pink trousers, pink sunglasses, pink sneakers and pink socks.

  • PINAY AND PINK. At the Grammy Awards, music’s biggest night, proud Filipino-American musical superstars dominated. Bruno Mars, who is part of R&B duo SilkSonic with Anderson Paak, won four Grammys. Olivia Rodrigo won three awards, including Best New Artist. H.E.R. won her fifth Grammy award, for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Rob Schneider’s daughter, country singer Elle King, was nominated in the country-record category. For her first appearance at the Grammys, first-time nominee Saweetie—for best rap song (“Best Friend”) and best new artist—the rapper wore a two-piece, custom fuchsia ensemble by Valentino with matching evening gloves.
  • PINK’S INCLUSIVE. The fashion divas of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11, Scarlet Ency and Nicky Doll, donned dueling pink gowns for a high-couture pictorial. Scarlet, famed for her “Am I the Drama? Am I the villain?” stint at All-Stars 6, wore archival Scaasi. Nicky, recently announced as the main host-judge for Drag Race France, wore Durdoux and Mirimari.

Hereabouts, a group of 11 neophyte designers mounted “Pink Revolution” in support of presidential candidate Leni Robredo and vice presidential hopeful Kiko Pangilinan. “It’s a historical fashion show, where freedom is infinite,” declares young designer Arwin Meriales.

  • PINK IS UNIVERSAL. Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu felt “Powerful in Pink” when she wore a Carolina Herrera dress when she talked about menstrual equity to a group of young Filipinas days before she served as judge at Miss Universe Philippines 2022. The Indian beauty then wore another pink piece for a side event, “La Vie En Rose,” a custom-to-fit modern terno top paired with an ivory white pencil skirt with bias side fall by Marc Rancy.

At the national finals, former Miss Universe winners and hosts Pia Wurtzbach, Demi-Leigh Tebow and Iris Mittenaere wore show-stopping couture creations with a LED backdrop of pink roses. Iris looked particularly opulent in a couture Michael Cinco gown with gold French paillettes with dramatic floor-sweeping sleeves. “So proud to wear a traditional Filipino dress,” the French stunner said.

  • PINK IS ETERNAL. Jane Fonda, who has the most remarkable showbiz career of any Living Legend today, is the cover girl for Glamour magazine’s May issue. Wearing a pink and black vintage Gucci gown, she is photographed against a backdrop of her very first Glamour cover, from July 1959. In the inside pages, she wears a hot-pink Marine Serre jacket, top and tights, COS pants and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

“If somebody had told me that, at almost 85 years old, I’d still be working as much as I am and feeling as good as I do, I wouldn’t have believed them,” Fonda reflects. “If you stay curious, you will also stay young for a long time. I’m younger now than I was when I was 20. I didn’t give up. I kept going. I tried to get better. I did.”