Meet United Colors of Benetton’s nine new personalities

Kim Hookem-Smith
Yahoo Lifestyle
24 January 2013

A diverse team of models has been recruited to celebrate the new spring/summer 13 collection from the United Colors of Benetton.

Known for its bright colours, the brand has reinterpreted colour for this season, looking at how particular shades make us feel.

And for the first time it has incorporated the back stories and personalities of the models into its campaign, chosen for their relationship with colour.

Models include Charlotte Free, who as well as being known for her bubblegum pink hair, has synesthesia, which means her brain mixes up the senses.

[Related: Kate Middleton wears 2013 colour of the year]

“I relate colours in different ways than other people do. Like yellow is three, red is four, blue is two, one is white,” she explains. “Colours, I’ve always had a thing that relates colors to sounds and textures and objects and things.”

Fellow model Dudley O’Shaughnessy explains how colour has been vital to his life as a mixed race child growing up in East London and Tunisian model Alek Wek uses colour to show how she’s feeling.

[Related: Holly Willoughby's glam new collection for Very]

“For me, colors give me – they bring out how Alek is feeling on the inside. When you put on a color, it could be the same, exact same sweater but, I don’t know, in black, and it just translates completely different.”

The clothing range includes a wide palette but also keeps to its traditional simple styles. Expect an explosion of colour in the windows of stores, on the website and social media very soon.

Chairman Alessandro Benetton  adds: “The iconic value of color – a founding value for United Colors of Benetton and once again at the centre of our aesthetics and communications – to give a powerful assertion of the identity and excellence of this brand, which holds diversity as a value, and the unity of differences as a wealth to be treasured.”

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