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The idea of color-blocking is not exactly a new concept in fashion.  In one form or another we see it season to season.  This fall it does make a bit stronger appearance, from the New York shows to Paris and Milan.  It really is such an easy way to dress.  Just find separates in your favorite complimentary and contrasting colors (be creative) and voila!  Here are some fashion week standouts…

Derek Lam fall 2011

Derek Lam fall 2011

One of my favorite shades of blue is combined with my least favorite color red, but I love them together!  This paneled pant is the pant of the season (see Phillip Lim, Celine and Chloe below, among others).  A version of the pants in shades of blue (top) looks extra cool with the liquid gold top.

3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2011

Emerald green and cobalt blue (two big colors of the season) join strong forces at Phillip Lim.  What makes it really work is the paneled pant in black and white.

Celine pre-fall 2011

Cool blues and greens at Celine all work harmoniously together.  This pant would work with a simple white button-up or tee as well to dress down the silk.

Celine pre-fall 2011

A chic silver pant looks amazing with a turtleneck and pieced together jacket, and by pieced together I mean flawlessly tailored.

Celine pre-fall 2011

Darker, more neutral tones are ideal for these patchwork pants, otherwise it could look a bit juvenile.  I love the shorter length in pants to show off colored tights, socks, and great shoes.  Keep your pant silhouette more narrow and cigarette-like as well.  I’m calling it the season of the pant!

Celine pre-fall 2011

Dark and light denim make best friends on this great trench.  A cigarette pant is given a jolt of color with a simple stripe.

Celine fall 2011

Color-blocking can be established with a great pattern too.  Plaids, checks, argyle, and other patterns of that sort all support the trend.

Celine fall 2011

A deep red leather stripe works its way down a great pant and continues onto a heeled loafer, which as far as I’m concerned as The Man of Style, is the season’s shoe (as well as the classic pump).

Celine fall 2011

Another example of the paneled pant.  I loved the crisp white turtleneck Phoebe Philo showed with almost every look.

Chloe fall 2011

For Hannah MacGibbon’s unexpected final collection for Chloe, she went with a lot of her signature 70’s vibe looks, and shared her own slouchier version of the two-toned paneled pant.

Chloe fall 2011

The softest of leathers is a necessity for puling off such a great slouchy pant.  I love the lightweight color-blocked knit paired with it.

Chloe fall 2011

The snake skin trend (which I’ll talk about in a later post) is conceived into a pretty blouse and accompanied by a graphic wide striped pencil skirt in a spectrum of the season’s shades.  It actually inspires me for a room’s palette.

Chloe fall 2011

I love a good poncho or cape for the fall season.  The blanket stitching around the edge is a nice touch.  This is certainly a cape of many colors!

See by Chloe

A more affordable way to get the Chloe look, and the color-blocking trend.  www.chloe.com

shoe by Roger Vivier

Add just a touch of the patchwork trend with a great suede heel.  Suede is one of the materials I’m seeing a lot for fall’s accessories.

Stella McCartney pre-fall 2011

I’m obsessed with the sweater dress for fall.  This rust-hued dress by Stella McCartney with an over-sized sleeve is a favorite.

Marni fall 2011

Take a note from this Marni look that color-blocking is as easy as pairing two great pieces together, like a top and skirt.  Even the season’s big fur trend jumped on the color-blocking trend here with the two-tone emerald and brown belted coat.

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