The latest trend? Colour blocking. We fi nd out who's wearing what and fi nd the style on the high street.
COLOUR BLOCKING This summer your outfits should look like a Mondrian painting and slash your frame into blocks of bright colour. Jil Sander, Prada, Christopher Kane and Louis Vuitton have all been getting groovy and graphic on the catwalk with this look, and everyone on the high street is playing copycat too. The gist of it is to wear simple, tailored pieces that clash one colour against another. But if you fear looking like an ice lolly, there are ways to tip your hat to the trend without going all out. Mix black or navy, or a neutral like taupe or cream, with a bright colour, such as fuchsia. Then accessorise with a clashing shade: try a chunky bangle in red, canary yellow or emerald. The new range of Dr. Martens boots come in edible shades of lime and tangerine, too.
You could try an eye-popping clutch bag or a Cambridge Satchel (www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk) in a fruity colour. The bags are made of real leather and have featured in Vogue and Elle. Meanwhile, US fashion designer Jeremy Scott has teamed up with Swatch (remember the scented Swatches from the 1980s?) to create three new designs. We reckon the Lightning Flash in neon yellow is just right for this trend.
Celebs have been keen to get in on the act. Superbad actress Emma Stone (pictured) recently dressed in a red Lanvin pleated skirt with a pink top and metallic gold bag, showing that metallic accessories score top marks with this look. Fellow actress Jennifer Love Hewitt also stepped out in a tangerine and cream dress with a pair of purple, orange and cream Christian Louboutin heels, and a studded Talita bag in the same colours. You don’t have to go quite as far as that, but why not give this look a whirl? It’s more wearable than you think. Rainbow warriors unite!
WILL IT TRAVEL?
“This colour trend is perfect for Belgian women, who like to lookmodern”
NINA LAMPARSKI, WRITER, BRUSSELS
"This look is less acid brights, more acid rain”
DOUGIE WALLACE, PHOTOGRAPHER, GLASGOW