Block Party: Colour Blocking for Spring/Summer 2011

To get started on this trend, you can try selecting some complementary colours: orange with blue, violet with yellow, and turquoise with maroon.
Choosing a palette of analogous colours is even easier. Hues that are similar to one another create a harmonious and cohesive look.
Jill Sander, Nina Ricci, and Sportmax (left to right) created effortless colour-block looks for their S/S ‘11 collections. 

The Sportmax outfit uses red and pink – which many say don’t go together, but can actually be combined for a fabulously unexpected outfit.
Gucci does S/S ’11 colour-blocking with lots of strong and vibrant colours on sleek silhouettes. Plenty of turquoise, purple, orange, red, and green is seen in this collection. 
With such eye-popping colour on the international runways, we’re seeing slightly more timid flashes of boldness from our NZ designers.
Here, Ruby mixes textures, prints, and colours to create a very visually appealing look. The skirt and blazer can be worn together, or matched with other bold (or not-so-bold) pieces when you’re after a slightly different style. 

Cybèle gives Cybèle gives us a long and flowy dress, styled over the ‘Radiance’ short in the outfit above. The vibrant yellow is perfect for capturing the spring/summer trend this year, and can be paired with a multitude of accessories to complete the look.
Also from Ruby, a red sweater paired with some teal shorts and blue blazer is immensely stylish and spring-appropriate (when the cooler breeze is still around), while still being able to be worn in the summer time.
In keeping with the trend, Doosh pairs a lovely lilac dress with an orange heel, and a red and white scarf. The bright and bold colours of this Spring and Summer really can be worn in a multitude of ways, with a variety of different pieces available – whatever your personal style. 
The versatility and general chic-ness of this look makes pieces of vivid colour a must-have for all wardrobes this season.
-Lena Aseeva



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