Spring is here and finally the colour block trend has really hit it off. Prada, Cacharel, Gucci and of course Jil Sander; they all have worked it in different ways. But as exciting and bright and optimistic as colour block looks on editorials and runways, I'm slightly terrified at the prospect of seeing everyone stroll down the streets dressed in a "colourful" style (aka slightly clownesque).
As I see it, if the trend is not properly worked, it could all end in Alex de la Iglesia-like catastrophe:
So if you've decided to go color-crazy this summer, here are some tips that can help you get a truly stunning look.
1. Chromatic thinking. There are different types of colours: primary tones, pastels, acid, sherbet or fluoro shades... and you can't just mix everything regardless (unless you seriously master colour). I know this is pretty basic to all of us but the cool thing about it is you can work on your accessories, make-up and hair in different ways depending on the type of colours you're wearing, so the options are endless!
2. Colour + Fabric. When working up a colourful look, don't just think tones and shades, also play with fabrics and textures; you'll have more fun and a more interesting look! Shocking pink has very different effects if worn on a cotton top, a lace cardigan or a satin palazzo pant. Textures are as important in a look as colours, but they are too frequently overlooked...
3. Mix & Match. Nobody wants to walk down the street looking like a live Desigual advert! Even if you're going for a really extreme look, there are ways to avoid looking like a kindergarden's child drawing: mixing complementary colours, or mixing only cold shades with cold shades and warms with warms. I find also really chic mixing very bright colours with basics like white and especially beige. Very modern, very Céline, and always perfect.
4. The Monochrome look. If what you want is to look truly eye catching, there's nothing like a totally monochromatic look. Just choose your favourite colour and build your complete outfit on different shades of it. The effect has something slightly otherworldly about it, and I can guarantee everyone will be dazzled.
5. Accessorizing. If you're not really in the mood for a colour overdose and you want your look to be sober but still interesting and contemporary, focus on colorizing your accessories: bags, shoes, belts, scarfs and even sunglasses can turn a neutral outfit upside down. So go for it, experiment and become color crazy!