Monday, February 7, 2011


Spring is in the air.  That is, here on the West Coast.  Our thoughts begin to turn to vibrant colors, or the perennial springtime combination, black-and-white.

A surprise trend that came off the Spring runways is Color Blocking.  Nothing new, mind you.  Back in 1965, Yves Saint Laurent drew from the Art world and blocked out the famous Mondrian dress:

Mondrian Dress
by Yves Saint Laurent, 1965
from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Stefano Pilati built on YSL's heritage and put forth some graphic black-and-white color blocking for Spring 2011.

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2011

But other designers, including the very young and fairly new Prabal Gurung, showed geometric color blocks.

Prabal Gurung Spring 2011

down to the shoes

Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung, Spring 2011

Even the tried-and-true Christian Louboutin went color-wild (beyond the fire-engine red soles) in his Spring 2011 collection.

Christian Louboutin Spring 2011

For those used to monochrome looks, particularly of the black hue, this may be a stretch.  But you may be ready to infuse your winter wardrobe with color.  This is simpler than it seems.  In fact, it's much easier than introducing prints.

Hint: Contrast solids across your outfit (see Prada below) and there you can begin.

Prada Spring 2011
See the dyed green fur

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