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Autumn Colour Code

Sophisticated late-year palette arrives in men's wardrobe

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The colour-block trend returned to the runway in 2009 after a long sojourn, and back then, even the highest-ranking trend leader wouldn't expect it to remain on the style radar for long. 

Four seasons on, colour-blocking continues to be around. Like all the boldest looks, it started with women's wear before being experimented with by its male counterpart. As some of the most stylish men believe there's nothing more empowering style-wise than being able to ride on the current trends alongside their female counterparts in the very same season. It's always been a challenge for designers to reinterpret those trends in a much more subtle way to ensure men don't try to emulate David Beckham in a sarong when they're trying to enjoy a metallic, lace, pleats and prints ensemble.

Spring/summer 2011 marked the high point of colour-blocking in terms of colour intensity. The paired palette are boldly contrasting, mostly in primary colours whether in Tommy Hilfiger, Prada, Jil Sander, Gucci or Calvin Klein. Reaching its climactic saturation that very season, the trend is going through a cooling down phase, but shows no sign of going away. Colour-blocking since the summer of 2012 has matured in a more sophisticated direction. There's a combination with prints and the use of subtle shades, as well as experimentation with asymmetric/diagonal blocking.

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