We keep reading about the need for colour blocking this season, but what exactly is it? Our runway expert Nikki Dhaliwal gives us the down low on what trends you need to follow from the Spring/Summer 2011 Ready to Wear shows. Not all of us can afford a Chloé dress, so pull up this guide on your smart phone the next time you’re out at your favourite shops, and look out for these trends.
Christophe Decarnin delivered rock n roll glamour. The models strode the runway in leather biker jackets, bleached denim to the worn in look of holey t-shirts to the torn fishnets to compliment the complete look of a rock chic returning from a late night concert.
The 70s and animal prints set in vibrant pastel or neutral hues was the forefront of the show. The mini-dresses, tunics, kaftans, and flaring trousers were paired with lots of colourful bangles and fringed bags.
Christopher Bailey combined sexiness whilst still paying homage to Burberry’s classic heritage. The trademark trench coats were shrunken into a mini biker jackets which were paired with skin tight leather leggings and short ruffle dresses. Accents of bright colour featured the waist clinching belts and clutches.
John Galliano delivered everything one could expect for the spring summer collection.
Think South Pacific style of Hawaiian prints, masculine outerwear, and nautical infused with sheer opulence.
Dolce and Gabbana
A vision of garden prettiness was showcased in this dream like collection. This Canadian born designer bought romanticism and his unique use of print, into the whimsical day dresses in lace and coquettish flared skirts.
Frida Giannini’s Spring collection was by far my favourite. The colour blocking was unexpected from this fashion house, which usually opt for a neutral palette. Pairing orange with green and violet seems a faux pas but here it truly worked. Other looks from this collection also included safari, and tribal, in sandy hues.
Marc Jacobs’ inspiration for his collection was Jodie Foster’s Iris in the classic New York film Taxi Driver. Voluminous hair, retro sunglasses, broad brimmed sunhats and splashes of coral completed the 70s look.
A burst of citrus fruits was also seen in McCartney’s collection. There were also denim tunics and shorts along with strong tailored suits which were given softness in their pastel palette of rose, pistachio, and light blue.
Story By: Nikki Dhaliwal | Photography Source: Style.com