This season is all about bizarre brights, hectic hues juxtaposed with even peculiar pigmentation. There are no rules when it comes to what matches and what doesn’t, which makes nailing down these trends tricky. Let’s take a look at the color blocking craze taking over this season’s collections.
Let’s start with the basics of blocking. Take three or more colors, fashion them into blocks, and then put them on a piece of fabric. That’s it! Sounds simple, but these elemental elements are anything but. Take Bottega Veneta’s color-blocked cape, giving just a glimpse of this graceful garment. Or, try on Vetements’ color-blocked skirt, showing that blue and green can always be seen. Take this trend anywhere, whether that’s into the office or out to a coffee.
Are you a basic blockhead? Try out these fabrics:
Although color blocking tends to be about contrary colors, some designers have decided to dazzle by dividing one color into many. By blocking together shades and hues of one color, designers have made a trend within a trend. Delpoza displays this design delightfully with a bounty of blue hues, and Cedric Charlier’s bombardment of beige takes this trend off the runway and into ready-to-wear. Monochromatic garments are versatile, whether you’re heading to class or a party.
Mainly into monochromatic? Mill about these fabrics:
Plenty of pastels have been popping up this season, so some designers have incorporated them into their color blocking forays. Fausto Puglisi sticks with shades of pale purple, baby blue, and peachy pink to create a pastel masterpiece, while Keno’s layered blazer lays black next to light yellow and dusty indigo. Pastels are perfect for brunch in the spring and leisurely summer walks in the evening.
Picky about pastels? Pick out one of these fabrics:
Although color blocking insinuates the use of colors, some designers aren’t taking those words too literally. Pattern blocking brings new life into this trend, whether that means the garment is peppered with pastels, or if colors have been totally cut. Gucci’s pattern-blocked peasant dress is a bohemian beauty, while Hermes’ simple strip of plaid adds just enough pattern to this piece. This hip trend requires confidence, so wear pattern blocks with aplomb and a killer pair of heels.
Pleased with patterns? Pick out some of these fabrics:
Do you love this color blocking craze? Or do you think these blockheads are crazy? Let us know in the comments!