Tuesday, 19 April 2011

New Colours on the Block

It's been a long winter, but the clocks have finally gone forward; the days and nights are brighter and the visionaries of fashion have come full circle to a colourful rendition of spring/summer trends for 2011.

From neon brights' of cobalt blue, canary yellows and succulent tangerines to poppy reds and peacock- blues to name a few. These colours set to make our wardrobes as every bit exciting as our summer should be.

So, colours were everywhere! Milan, London, Paris, and New York. And rightfully so, it is summer! (Personally, if I had to wear another layer of clothing, despite the connotations, I would of strangled someone.) But, what made it even more interesting was the way in which these colours are set to be worn. Otherwise known as 'colour blocking', and for those who are not a 100 per cent sure about what that means, it is simply mixing and matching bold contrasting colours. In this instance, 'opposites attract' Covered by many designers this season, from across the globe, here are a few insights on how to do it.

Mix 'n' match was the name of the game, and it was certainly present in Jil Sander's collection of brights' in London.

He should have a folder labelled the 'neon collections.' With another neon inspired collection, Christopher Kane steps back in time, and does not hold back with an electrifying and luminous creation of neon greens to yellows to pinks and oranges for 2011; turn the lights on!

In true style, a model clutches a purse sending a clear message from Holly Fulton's ready-to-wear collection for S/S 11. 'Holly says relax' maybe construed as something we should all bear in mind given current affairs! However, her glamorous 'ready-to-go' inspired collection for summer and this lemon sun-dress is all you need to rise for the occasion.

A subtle burst of orange tied around this fuschia pink jump suit without fail had heads turning at Sonia Rykiel's show.

From neon to this beautiful free flowing poppy red, Lanvin showed us you do not have to go to extreme lengths to be on trend. If you are someone who likes the illuminous look, but not confident to wear it exclusively, then you can tone it down with a darker shade.

And as you will see from Max Mara's, only the 'bold and the beautiful' can be seen in this seasons new look.

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