mod swing

Colour block your shoes for an up­dated 60s look.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - T PEOPLE - VIC­TOR KHOO

LET’S travel back in time to the Swinging Six­ties on London’s Carn­aby Street and King’s Road, when the city was the top fashion cap­i­tal of the world. Fashion then be­longed to Bri­tish youths. The same any­thing-goes spirit was also re­flected in pol­i­tics, world events and the fashion of that time.

Bright bold colours com­ple­ment­ing or clash­ing with each other, seen in geo­met­ric shapes or blocks of pat­tern, played a big role in defin­ing the look of the 60s.

Known as colour block­ing, the trend was pop­u­larised by a 60s sub­cul­ture known as the Mod (which stands for mod­ernist).

The youths of that pe­riod were into all sorts of pop­u­lar, fash­ion­able and mod­ern life­styles. The late fashion de­signer Yves Saint Lau­rent’s Mon­drian Dress, in­spired by Piet Mon­drian’s mas­ter­piece, was a great rep­re­sen­ta­tion of colour block­ing.

To­day, it is still a pop­u­lar fashion trend. Colour block­ing serves to add a graphic el­e­ment to the whole style or to­tal look, and can trans­form a sim­ple piece of cloth­ing into some­thing ar­chi­tec­tural.

For Au­tumn/Win­ter 2010, the colour block­ing trend reached the feet. Great kit­ten heels, an­kle boots, court shoes and var­i­ous styles of footwear from Ba­len­ci­aga, Prada and Diane Von Fursten­berg fashion shows fea­ture this trend.

Here’s how you can cus­tomise your own shoes.

Colour block your shoes for an up­dated 1960s look.

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