If we’re going to get technical – and we are – the colour block trend is not as easy as ‘pick the five most colourful pieces from your wardrobe and throw them on’.There is a science to it. The kind of science we thank our first grade teachers for showing us. The colour wheel. Remember it? At some point in your art-ing education, you will have been presented (or confronted) with a colour wheel. The rules and regulations of pairing saturated hues doth know no boundaries, and we are here to give you a lesson in colour blocking 2.0.
Queen of colour, Roksanda Ilincic, led the designer pack this spring with her SS15 collection packed with hyper-saturated colours in striking combinations. The likes of Burberry, Junya Watanabe and Ashish also followed suit, exhibiting a colourway of rainbow catwalks.
Now let’s jump straight to the rules. Complementary colours are any two colours which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple, you get the drift! They are called ‘complimentary’ for a reason, people! Team them together for a look-at-me approach to summer dressing.
You can also team analogous colours together, which are any three colours that sit side by side on a colour wheel. Think bright pinks with vivid fuchsias, turquoise with royal blue. Team these colours from the same family together for a harmonious look. To par down your look, go for a neutral-toned shoe, which will go with everything. Or amp up your look and go to town with it in the form of loud and proud regal purples against fiery oranges. Play around with what looks good, fashion is all about having fun!
And colour blocking by yourself doesn’t have to be complicated. Designers have provided a great many easy dresses and accessories in block form. Think the Cady Collage top from Marc by Marc Jacobs, which channels retro design motifs in a pastel colour palette, and Roksanda Ilincic gown in eye catching blues and peaches, to colour in accessory form, a la Hermes bracelet and Fendi clutch. All the hard work is done for you!