This vivid fur piece from Balmain's Fall/Winter 2014-2015 showcase (above) turns heads; another fiery street-stopper: Narcisco Rodriguez's flirty Camilla pumps (bottom left). Photo courtesy brand

This vivid fur piece from Balmain’s Fall/Winter 2014-2015 showcase (above) turns heads; another fiery street-stopper: Narcisco Rodriguez’s flirty Camilla pumps (bottom left). Photo courtesy brand

Orange really is the new black. If you have not watched the show, it is bold and captivating, much like the orange color trend carrying us into the holiday season.

Colors tend to have certain associations—red for romance; yellow for light and happiness; blue for calm and cool; and orange for fire, adventure and danger. But the Buddhist association for orange, which is “illumination or the highest state of perfection,” best describes the diverse, creative way designers have exhibited this fabulous, typically overlooked color.

The usual flurry of winter coats is revitalized by orange. Preen’s vibrant oversized trench is being dubbed the “it” coat by both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Two Chanel classics, the tweed coat and quilted purse, were transformed with a burnt orange makeover. And my favorite, and possibly the boldest, was the carrot-orange colored cropped shearling coat by Balmain.

In similar boldness were this season’s gowns. Zac Posen’s breathtaking orange silk gown perfectly matched the lipstick on his models.

Vera Wang tempted a bride’s wild side with a wedding gown in a melon orange, and from the couture show, we saw orange lace and beads construct a whimsical gown by Abed Mahfouz.

If you don’t have a ball to attend, accessories done in this exciting color are equally stunning.

Photo courtesy brand

Photo courtesy brand

Opt for the chic, clean Marc by Marc Jacobs envelope clutch or the suede sun orange d’Orsay pumps by Narciso Rodriguez. For a real show-stopper, Christian Dior’s neon orange booties would be my pick.

So instead of reds and blacks dictating this year’s holiday party wardrobe, why not try that full satin skirt in a vibrant tangerine, autumn glory, zinnia, coral rose or golden poppy—all of which Pantone has named colors for the fall/winter season.

Punahou grad and Fashion Institute of Technology alumna Meleana Estes gives us her take on the hottest runway trends. A trendsetter in her own right, her designs for her eponymous handbag line and modern take on resort attire for aloha wear purveyor Manuheali‘i have garnered rave reviews.