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From global runways to celebs - colourblocking is making a big comeback

Colourblock like a boss: Pairing blocks of hues from opposite sides of the colour wheel is super hot right now. Experts speak about why you need to style yourself in contrasting colours for spring.

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 19, 2017 18:53 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
Snigdha Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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A creation by Prada, showcased during the recently held fashion week in Milan. (AFP/GIUSEPPE CACACE)

Spring’s spreading its wings and all we can dream of is colour! And, if you have been following fashion runways from across the globe, you’ll notice that even for autumn 2017, hues that don’t get along are romancing each other fearlessly. Called colourblocking, the trend of pairing colours from polar palettes is back.

One of the earliest example of primary blocks of colour paired together is by legendary late designer Yves Saint Laurent, who was inspired by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s work. “Colourblocking has been an integral aspect of several collections and sees constant renewal and reinterpretation through the work of various designers. Simply put, it’s the play of solid blocks of colour to create visual interest. The most famous example of this could be Mondrian’s legendary colour blocked canvases which have inspired many fashion designers as well,” says designer Urvashi Kaur.

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“Colourblocking is a trend where in saturated hues are paired for a sharp look. We have played with colour blocking in our prints for summer’17 in hues of black, blue and reds. The contrast gives a fresh, pop edge to the style and helps lend a new perspective to the silhouette,” says designer Hemant Lalwani of Hemant-Nandita.

Alia Bhatt was clicked at a recent promotional event in colourblocked Sanjay Garg separates. (Yogen Shah)

“It’s how you can say that coral coloured leather would look beautiful when styled with cobalt blue. It is thus an exploration contrasting colours and beautiful combinations that can be created from them,” says designer Leena Singh.

A colourblocked ensemble by Osman during a London Fashion Week showcase in the British capital. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

Designer Anupama Dayal says the colour pairings go beyond just fashion. “It’s about pressing emotional buttons by placement and composition of colours. The impact of the colour against another helps stem a certain emotion in the viewer. Subconsciously, we play out this drama — not a word spoken.”

On the Emilio Pucci runway in Milan, pop hues were colourblocked. (AFP/ Miguel Medina)

Trend Takeaway:
Take cue from actor Alia Bhatt to ace your sartorial pick for a pre-Holi party. From comfortable separates, handlooms and bright Benarasi weaves to casual cottons — the colours can add to your festivities. Even when it comes to your beauty look, go all-out — get inspired by colourblocked eyes at Maison Margiela (below).

At Maison Margiela in Paris, coloublocked eyes made a fashionable impact. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

First Published: Mar 04, 2017 18:54 IST