Color blocking phenomenon

Last year color blocking made a comeback in the fashion world unlike before. Topping off any outfit with a color blocked shoe gives fashionistas a strong sense of style, personality and vibrant edge, which is truly an exquisite work of art…. This season many of the hottest designers have added a contemporary twist to an ultra mod trend from the 60’s. Yves Saint Laurent pioneered the color blocking phenomenon in 1965 with mod-style dresses featuring blocks of color inspired by renowned Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian. YSL’s frocks exhibited the graphic composition of Mondrian’s signature abstract paintings with black lines and color rectangles. The duo revolutionized fashion by inspiring contemporary color blocking trends! It’s fascinating because it exemplifies fashion is a powerful form of art. Style inspires and involves creativity; it’s the craftsmanship of culminating design, detail, architecture and history that makes style grow into new forms conceptually like art!

Color block heels

  1. Charlotte Olympia: Isla palm leaf suede and leather sandals
  2. Yves Saint Laurent: Obsession satin and suede pumps
  3. Bottega Veneta: Multi Strap Runway Sandals
  4. Christian Louboutin: Sylvieta 120 color-block leather sandals
  5. Brian Atwood: Mojito leather and raffia sandals
  6. Giuseppe Zanotti: Color-block patent-leather sandals
  7. Miu Miu: Nude Leather Double Ankle Strap Peep Toe Pumps
  8. Pierre Hardy: Elaphe snakeskin and leather sandals
  9. Gucci: Tri-color suede platform sandals

Photo credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), Yves Saint Laurent, “Mondrian” day dress, autumn 1965, Wool jersey in color blocks of white, red, blue, black, and yellow

Mondrian Composition II: Red, Blue, and Yellow. Piet Mondrian’s paintings are the inspiration behind the color blocking trend phenomena.


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