Colour block your shoes for an updated 60s look.
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.