Unlike the Republican party, the Fall/Winter 2019 shows are a riot of diversity and colours. Fire engine red at Balenciaga, nuclear orange at Carolina Herrera, and Barbie pink at Chanel. If the saturation and intensity of colours are to be barometers of fashion’s mood next season, then the consensus is that designers are in a jubilant and optimistic state of mind.

But there is another colour camp that has emerged for Fall, one that points to a more muted and nuanced Pantone chart. This calming family of faded pastel hues – like the soothing jade green that appears at Lanvin and Marc Jacobs and the winsome lilacs at Dries Van Noten – are getting our votes for their delicate nature. Here, a look at how these soft powers come into play on the runway in terms of combinations.