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When the Fall 2011 runway shows hit NY, London and Paris last spring, it was clear that designers had color on the brain. But, instead of brash patterns or florals, they were thinking dense blocks of saturated color paired for dramatic effect. Gucci, specifically, didn’t shy away from multiple colors in one outfit: a green pant, purple top and orange jacket suddenly seemed fresh and sophisticated when married.
Now that Fall is finally upon us, it’s time to revisit colorblocking for the real world. Unlike Gucci, most designers paired these bright shades with wearable neutrals to great effect. Balenciaga, above, used one bright (purple) against large swaths of black and white.
Philip Lim took it one step further by using both blue and green with black and white accents. The trick here is to choose intense tones (think magenta rather than rose; kelly rather than mint) in solid blocks. If you’re having a hard time investing in too many bright color separates, a great way to mimic this look is with an eye-catching handbag. Don’t be afraid to mix and match, remembering some of these great color combos (from our friends at Lucky Magazing) when you’re getting dressed:
1. Cobalt Blue, Yellow, Orange
2. Chocolate Brown, Pink, Peach
3. Purple, Bright Blue, Teal
4. Deep Blue, Bright Pink, White
5. Coral, Grey, Ivory
While bopping around the web today, I came across a Style.com slideshow with a list of the 10 must-have trends for fall. Number six has really been on my radar recently, so I thought I’d spotlight some of my favorite bright bags (at great values). I recently purchased a Louis Vuitton epi crossbody bag in a bright green, so I’m not just preaching — I’m actually already on board!
LANVIN Green Patent Hero Handbag
BALENCIAGA Neo-Classic Orange Satchel
’07 Vert Gazon Part-Time
Red Suhali Leather Le Talentueux Bag
I’m really digging the monochromatic Burberry Prorsum look Kate Bosworth wore to the British brand’s Fall 2011 presentation. Her cropped leather trench and gold-studded skirt are not for the shy, but I love the structured embellishments and the pattern-on-pattern play. (Apparently Kate said that while the skirt is not uncomfortable to sit in, it is extremely heavy. Fashion as exercise?)
I think this would work well in other colors too – as long as you keep the color scheme the same from head to toe, you’re good to go.
Get a similar look by pairing this Burberry Nickie Mega Stud Tote:
…with a 2011 Balenciaga Higgings motorcycle jacket in brown:
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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that bags other than Chanel come in quilted materials. But they definitely do, and one of our current faves is the updated Miu Miu Coffer bag carried by Rachel Bilson, above. The elongated diamond pattern and oversized turn lock is just unusual enough to turn heads, but the oversized silhouette and rich shade of brown make it perfect for every day use. Here are a couple of our picks for non-Chanel quilted bags, or click to shop our whole collection.
BALENCIAGA Quilted Matelasse
MARC JACOBS Blue Metallic Quilted Python Bag