Monday 18 April 2011

Colour Block your Bolds

So following on from my last post on Bold Colours on the high street I want to talk a little bit about Colour Blocking. I feel that a lot of people are slightly confusing the two. With the trend in question, Bold Colours it is what it says on the tin, Big, Bold in your face colours and the Colour Blocking semi trend derives from this.

This photos is a selection of shots from the Versus Spring Summer Collection which is the younger and more affordable line from Donatella Versache and Christopher Kane for Versache

Before this trend came along an orange plain dress for example would have been know as a block of colour, no design, nor motifs, no patterns just the colour, strong enough to stand on it's own. Since the Colour Block trend emerged it has morphed slightly. The process of wearing the Colours together in blocked form, whether it be through clashing pieces together or wearing complimentary colours to form your outfit as long as there is 2 or more colours together it is known as Colour Blocking. Ok so now that I have it down on the blog my own OCD is at rest so i'll get on with the post ;)

With Colour Blocking there aren't really any rules, it's an all go zone. Everybody has a different style and sense of fashion. Some people are completely against clashing tones however is can be pulled off to a t by others. If you are worried about how to put the colour together or worried about pulling it off and not looking like a complete fashion victim, the best way to go is follow the colour wheel for inspiration.
As above the colour wheel has both cool tones and warm tones and then the different shades of each colour.  There are a number of ways to do colour blocking.
(1) Monochromatic: This means using one colour a many various tones/ shades of that colour

(2) Harmonious Tones: This means combining colours that sit side by side on the colour wheel for example yellow and orange or blue and green

(3) Clashing Colours: This means using a combination of colours at opposite sides of the wheel for example green and red or orange and purple (which we saw through the Gucci runway)

According to color theory, a good combination is one that uses two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, three colors equally spaced around the color wheel, or two pairs of colors (a total of four) opposite each other. So enough of the theory on to the clothes. Here are my outfits that I've put together for each of the colour blocking options.
Shirt Topshop, Jeans Topshop, Selection of tshirts Asos, Accessories Asos

Everything available on Asos, Sunglasses Tom Ford, Handbag Karen Millen
Jumpsuit River Island, Jacket and Bag Zara, Shoe Asos, Jewellery House of Harlow 1960, Makeup available in any good Cosmetics Hall

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