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SquidLondon — Color Changing Couture

Taking the innovative color changing properties of their signature umbrellas to the next level, female “SquidLondon” duo Emma-Jayne Parkes and Viviane Jaeger have collaborated with couture pattern cutter Vlasta Collu and haute couture embroiderer Charlotte La Roche to create a stunning capsule collection of raincoats.

SquidLondon co-founder and Director Emma-Jayne Parkes explains:

“We decided to develop our coat range because our umbrellas are so loved, and so much fun, we really wanted a ‘wow’ factor garment; the intricacies of hand embroidery mixed with sharp couture detailing that beautifully change into a walking piece of art when wet – it’s unique – you can’t beat it!

The capsule tailored rainwear collection “Opera Icons” consists of two jackets and a trench coat available in three embroidery options, allowing the wearer a sense of artistic flair as well as adding a splash of playfulness in her style.

The three designs include the Carmen – a cropped, fitted jacket with a high collar; the Madame Butterfly jacket with its oversize shawl collar that when used as a hood mimics the brightly colured wings of a butterfly; and the Juliette trench coat, a classically beautiful design, just like its namesake. In addition to the coats, there are appliquéd versions of the much-loved Squidarellas, and an oversized scarf that can be worn in several ways.

When dry, the garments are chic monochrome – white flower motifs appliquéd to the black fabric. But add a splash of rain and the white flowers quickly garment blossoms into an array of bright colors.

The coats are made in London and currently available made to order for A/W 2011 delivery direct from SquidLondon’s Shoreditch studio. http://www.squidlondon.com.

Check out a behind the scenes video:

*Majority of information taken from Official Press Release.

Color Blocking Trend

Color Blocking is the combination of different solid colors that compliment one another to culminate in a dynamically chic ensemble. Are you brave enough to try it? Kate Winslet was and although color blocking is typically associated with the use of bold, vibrant colors the curvy actress stepped out in a more subtle toned (black, white & gray) figure hugging dress earlier this year when attending the red carpet for the Venice Film Festival.

Kate Winslet wearing Stella McCartney’s Octavia Dress priced at $1,600, on the red carpet at the 68th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 2, 2011 in Venice, Italy.

The Oscar winning actress looked absolutely stunning as she flaunted her curvy figure in a color blocked dress by Stella McCartney. The optical illusion dress was created with strategically placed black panels that transformed Kate’s figure into an hourglass proportion and gave the illusion of a slim, sleek physique.

Below are some tips on how to get your color block trend on as well as some affordable options that are guaranteed to flatter your figure whether you are wearing a dress, separates or want to add some flair to your outfit with some killer heels! I hope you enjoy the selections!

Subtle Yet High Contrasting
Too many bright colors together not your thing? That’s ok! I’ve got you covered, nothing says drama than the classic pairing of Black & White or the mixture of Nude & Black to offer a high contrasting statement. Combine your dress or separates with a sleek black/nude pair of heels to keep it simple, sophisticated and most importantly stylish.

1. Motel Bambi Dress in Color Block – $76.36

2. Maggy London Colorblock Ponte Dress – $138

3. Menswear Tank Dress – $79

Harmonious Combination

Team up colors from the same family – think bright red with fuchsia or deep reds for a fiery statement, as well royal blue with turqoise. Combining these colors with black can also add more drama to your outfit.

1. Venus Purple & Black Cut Out, Two Tone Dress - $39

2. Muse Color Block Dress – $159

3. En Crème One-Shoulder Colorblock Bandage Dress – $68

Turn Up The Volume

With some bright, vivid combinations such as purple and orange or with a hint of yellow or lime green.

1. ASOS Strapless Dress in Color Block$72.72 *Sale*

2. Lipsy Color Block Bandeau Dress – $74.54 *Sale*

3. Lipsy Loves Pixie Lott Color Block Bandeau Dress – $81.81 *Sale*

4. Motel Sherry Dress with Color Block Panels – $57.27 *Sale*

5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Louella Colorblock Dress – $218.00

6. ASOS Off Shoulder Dress in Color Block – $36.36 *Sale*

1. Style&co. Petite Sweater, Long Sleeve Color Block – $16.48 *Sale*

2. INC Sweater, Long Sleeve Colorblock Turtleneck – $29.99 *Sale*

3. Style&co. Sweater, Long Sleeve Turtleneck Colorblock - $21.98

4. High-Waist Color Block Pencil Skirt - $48.93 *Sale*

5. Daisy Fuentes® Colorblock Pencil Skirt – $22 *Sale*

6. TFNC Pencil Midi Skirt with Color Block Panels – $43.63 *Sale*

1. Bakers’ Evannan – $99

2. Audrey Brooke Sugar Pump – $79.95

3. River Island Color Block Platform Slingback Heels – $81.81 *Sale*

4. Jessica Simpson Beijo (Spiced Coral) – $98

5. Jessica Simpson Princess - $67.99

6. Jessica Simpson Beijo (Cloud Burst) – $98

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