Style: Block Party

The spring runways read like an invitation to go wild with color blocking this season. Wallflowers, feel free to decline.

 

Feeling puzzled about how to look fashionable this season? Here’s a tip: When getting dressed, simply think “hyper-colored Rubik’s Cube.” As a result, you’ll appear instantly smart to the style-obsessed set. Led by Jil Sander’s Raf Simons, whose runway featured paired neon-, bright- and jewel-tones aplenty, it seems designers are hailing Spring 2011 the season to color block to extremes. While the trend re-emerges regularly, we haven’t seen such a generous pitting of vivid colors against bold chromes since tie-dye had its day in the sun. Now is the time to revert to the ’80s. Through fall, it’s okay to carry a canary-yellow handbag while working a hot-orange dress—and listening to Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” for old times’ sake.

 

1427_540.jpgElizabeth and James blouse available at Valerie Mills, Clayton, 314.727.4545. Hudson Jeans available at Alixandra Collections, Ladue, 314.997.2360.

1428_540.jpgMichele watch available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

1429_540.jpgTory Burch handbag available at Wish, Ladue, 314.432.0800.

1430_540.jpgMichele watch available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

1431_540.jpgBakers sandal available at bakersshoes.com.

 

Photo credit: Photos by Carmen Troesser

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