Colour blocking

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am


Colour blocking is an ongoing trend that's getting stronger. It's also a great palette cleanser after all the dark shades of the autumn-winter season. Mix reds, yellows, oranges and blues with the same zeal as kids in a finger painting class.

How can you make it work for you without looking like a walking Mark Rothko canvas? Try working within the same colour family, perhaps a pair of trousers in a bright hibiscus with a pale pink shirt.

Pastels are big for spring so opt for sorbet-coloured pieces.

Or you can try contrasting tones as was done at Tommy Hilfiger, where a blue bomber jacket (HK$1,990) was mixed with standout buttercup yellow chinos (inquiries: 2525 8848).

Sometimes it's best to approach a trend with a degree of subtlety. This way you avoid looking like a follower. You can always pick up accessories that are washed in the colour-blocking trend. Try a ribbon belt in red and blue by Tod's (HK$1,200), which will be a focal point when worn with a white shirt and chinos. Prada (HK$6,900) and Bally (HK$3,990) have shoes that combined several different colours. Harvey Nichols has a Nixon watch (HK$1,350) that looks like it was made from Lego.