Every season has a favourite palette, and the one for next summer contains all the purplish shades, that are always very sophisticated. Valentino has chosen the full scale of shades, from violet to lavender, for his exquisite shorts to be combined with ethereal silk blouses. The style of the tops with ruffled details by Stella McCartney is elegantly demure. They have invaded the catwalks in shades from lilac to pink. A triumphant comeback of tie-dye, but now in combining colours, is seen in the models by MSGM: the 'stain' effect, so popular back in the '70s, is revisited on shirt-dresses and masculine-inspired blouses. Large light lavender and indigo rhombuses are the background for the legendary Gucci logo on his silk blouses and trousers outfits. The outfits by Max Mara are serious but with a pinch of irreverence, and consist of jacket, Bermuda shorts and blouse all in the same colour, in all the pastel varieties, from blueish to lilac.