Trend spotting: Colour blocking

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, Trend, Trend Report on December 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

In contrast to the sea of black that flooded the runways last year, spring 2011 (supposedly) represents bursts of colour. Allure. Not your average pastel hues however, you must be brave. Mix and match solid, poignant splashes of burnt sienna, blue, lime green and sunshine yellow.

Very `90s. Colour blocking must, I repeat must be off-set with a minimalist silhouette. Try to avoid ‘skin-tight,’ and if you can, refrain from prints unless they’re architectural. Raf Simons for Jil Sander led the pack with his use of solid colour. Sure, there was a plethora of others: Louis Vuitton, Prada. But when it comes to this concept, it’s either whimsical and playful, or sleek, with an air of self-consciousness.

In terms of my colour-blocking preference, I’d go with this Ann Demulemeester blazer. It’s bright, and reflective of my Gothic-style, but with slight minimal effect.

This Tory Burch top is a perfect example of what colour blocking with prints. This one can work, as opposed to floral or digital prints, because your look, essentially, should be a work of art.

Another important thing to consider with colour-blocking is adding a bit of black for contrast. It tames the look, makes it aesthetically digestible. Imagine: you’re walking down the street with bright yellow pants and an orange shirt. Now, replay the scenario with a black blazer. In this case, I’m all for these soft-pleated trousers by Band of Outsiders. It’s vibrant, but the colours complement each other.

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