No, my style mavens, your eyes are not deceiving you: I am actually wearing color. However, this time my burgundy fixation has moved from my handbag to a look that is completely comprised of blocked sections of the lively hue.
Getting into a spring state of mind is always easy for me when the temps start to rise, but on those days when they start to dip into the lower digits again, things tend to get a bit tricky. This is why kicking up the color quotient always seems to help me see the sunnier side of things, and color-blocking is my favorite way to don a good dose of any hue.
I still remember the first time I became truly inspired by the idea of color-blocking: In 2012, Raf Simons produced one of the most iconic collections for Jil Sander. The creative director seduced the fashion set with his powerful, yet minimal play on colors, and this idea of simplicity quickly became the norm in the industry. Soon after, designers like Diane von Furstenberg replaced their well-known printed frocks with monochrome-inspired looks, and minimal dressing became a really powerful statement. In fact, many minimalists, including myself, will credit their passion to the extraordinary works that Raf Simmons produced for some of the most iconic labels over the years.
Even now, the sway of Simons’ early monotone collections can be felt. The all-red ensemble Bella Hadid rocked in Elle’s February editorial hangs on my inspiration board, and newer publications such as Russh Magazine have built their cult following based on this idea of minimal dressing. I know I still l ponder the impact that up-and-coming designers (at the time), such as Phillip Lim had on me as a young style maven who was still pondering her own personal style. What they brought to the table made me realize that the future of fashion was bright, and that light still shows today.