Colourblocking has been a super hot trend for SS11 (Laetitia’s lemon yellow coat is testament to that!), so for AW11 I was expecting a more subdued palette and a return to black on black. I was pleasantly surprised with the colours I saw all weekend – some appearing as the star of the catwalk, while others merely making more of a guest appearance.
On the money with a palette of fuschias, oranges and reds contrasting with deep navy hues and blacks, Bernard Chandran has created a beautiful collection full of luxe textures and sleek tailoring. My favourite piece from his SS11 collection, a dramatic feathered top, has been transported into the AW11 collection with a burst of colour, appearing in this season’s show in a variety of hues. Colour takes a front seat this season with top-to-toe colourblocking – the lesson here is that whatever colour you choose, don’t be afraid to colour code right down to your shoes and socks.
Photo courtesy of Essence Communications
In contrast, David Koma used colour as a key accessory in his AW11 show, introducing fun pops of primary colour in the form of pom pom focal points. Super fun and easy to recreate, I predict an abundance of fluffy accessories on the high street this autumn, working as the perfect pick-me-up for a favourite outfit.