When I first heard camel was the new color for 2010, I was almost amused, since it always seemed to be one of the basic colors, but was a bit difficult for some skin tones. Conventional color matching guides often suggests that Asians go for high-contrast colors like white, black, navy blue, red and avoid pastels and particularly beige, orange and gold.
The extent to which camels have been worn in Beijing this year suggests, for better or worse, that such advice is not being heeded.
The vogue for these tones has been global, but Beijing really went in for them more than one might have expected.
From the more sartorial to the casual, everyone was opting for these color that are quite close to skin tones.
These colors were most frequently paired with black.
Mustards and yellows were also in abundance.
Fashion types led the way but these tones were suddenly everywhere on the streets as well.