Last year a few collections came out that really intrigued me - featuring a style that I think is very cool and I'd like to talk about it with you today. The style is similar to colourblocking - and some would consider it colourblocking - but the key aesthetic is taking very bright, very loud (think neon) colours and designs and blocking it with black (blackblocking). The louder and more offensive the colour, the better the result.
What is produced is bright colour (and / or an abstract design) juxtaposed against a void. It draws out the colour and sinks the rest of the garment into the background - like light escaping from a black hole. It was (in my opinion) not dissimilar to certain styles of art that mix the abstract with the dull and ordinary.
The big names that featured this (and got me into this aesthetic) were Raf's and Y3's AW14 collection. /fa/ largely dismissed Raf's AW14 collection but I think it was a big (and inspiring) "fuck you" to the bubble of monochrome that was about to burst.
I have discovered a few more since then, but no one did it so much, or as well as Raf and Y3. If you know of any other designers, please tell me.
I don't want to ramble on too long and I'm not trying to be seen as uncovering the next fashion meme - I just want to talk about the aesthetic and would like to discuss it and find out whether any other designers have been doing it.
Please leave harsh comments outside the thread.
Is Y3 by the way.
This is Kenzo - and I feel it would work better with black pants - but you get the idea.
Not exactly as bright and as much as I would like, but the ounce of red and the shoes looks good.
MMM. Would look heaps better without the white, and if the red was lighter and brighter.
>/fa/ largely dismissed Raf's AW14 collection but I think it was a big (and inspiring) "fuck you" to the bubble of monochrome that was about to burst
Doesn't really come off as a "fuck you" to monochrome to me personally
It's almost as if it was an acknowledgement to the trend, and then "flair" simply added - aka a standout article of clothing, like wearing all blak with white shoes
Or it comes off as being forced to keep up with "trends" and not at all any sort of forward thinking "fuck you"
"We're going to take the same shit, but we'll put a pretty bow on it this time"
However, that's just my $0.02
I'm seconding this, the contrast on a canvas of black just feels like a safe step.
That's not to say I don't find it aesthetically pleasing though, I actually really enjoy it. Though right now I'm really enjoying "pale" colours mixed with black and a few stand out colours like mustard yellow / forest green / petrol blue
That's a good analysis of it, and I agree it could be that.
I think either answer could be correct unless Raf ever says himself.
Also your picture has the right idea, but is too pale. I would be inclined to like it more if it was a fluro green or yellow.
I actually find pale closer to monochrome in style.
Both are very inoffensive, very muted, and 'safe' - your clothes match with palewave and it's not going to draw a lot of attention.
This naturally draws attention but doesn't mismatch. There is the element of ease and safety in blackblocking because you don't mismatch colours - but there is still the scream for attention in your loud article of clothing.
I find this Raf outfit very muted. What makes it for me are the shoes.
The jacket holds this fit back IMO - it looks like everything underneath wants to burst out, but it's trapped
However, that could be want you want
I wouldn't be surprised if the "containment" of the jacket to the loud clothing was completely intentional
Very clever overall
One two. I only compiled this list last night when I decided to make the thread. I'm always looking for more though.
Also this is ss14, not aw14 - I'm dumb.
Raf x Sterling Ruby.
The top needs to be lighter green. The orange sweaters are insane though.
I don't really like either of those I think.
Is really interesting. Considering blue is a color I haven't seen in a lot of people's fits lately. And the loud deep ocean blue and the shoes blended into the dark black is cool.
A lot of these are seemingly fits with 1 single attention grabbing eye candy piece on a setting of black which like OP said brings out the colors more and draws the eyes better than one solid slate of blacks and greys. Its refreshing.
Thanks for the rec, and cool shirt. Would have been insane with some of bright shoes.
I just found this Issey piece. The top would be incredible if the pants were pure black. Going back to that "trapped colour" idea that was mentioned before.
Yeah, a bit safe for a runway yes. But its executed really well.
Looks sloppy to me. Plus I just don't like the whole Adidas three lines on anything as is. Plus the leather jacket + tech doesn't even make sense.
Looks good but something seems off.
Jacket is interesting. Didn't know Kill Bill pants were a thing
The last actual fit I posted had navy blue and two different shades of gray
There needs to be yellow on the top. Imagine if those white lines matched the yellow of the shoes - it would be pretty incredible.
I'm thinking that Raf does blackblocking the best.
I'll be back later. If the thread has 404'd - thanks for listening and contributing everyone. I have some better ideas about what makes a piece good. I'll be drifting around hopefully with a bigger inspo folder.
>hey /fa/ i want to talk about this trend that everyone ignored and that i solely discovered so that you can all validate me under the guise of intellectual discussion and criticism.
>the trend is really groundbreaking: designers took really bright colors and paired them with really dark colors. it's really unprecedented and is a total decimation of all former color palettes. i call it "contrast" and i'm the only person that was able to identify it.
>i don't want to ramble too much, but please feel free to discuss how amazing i am and how flawless my highly original analyses are as i proceed to dump collection photos that "prove" my thesis
I was really only shining a spotlight on a style that isn't discussed at all on /fa/. I didn't mean to seem like I had discovered something incredible or look for any approval, I just wanted to talk about a particular look that I like and learn more about what makes it good.
I don't understand why you are being so hostile towards me and this thread?
this style is discussed all the time on /fa/. why do you think raf is a popular name here?
is sarcasm considered hostile on a 4chan board?
let me put my criticism another way. there is a marked difference between
>check out this color-blocking style that primarily uses black. any thoughts? i think it's a reaction to the popularity of monochrome
>so i was cruising around the RISD secret fashion-scholar library that only top cultural and artistic critics with big dongs have access to and i noticed this style that /fa/ hardly ever discusses and so i used my big wang's foreskin to scoop up all of this analysis so that ~*I*~ could be the princess of knowledge that delivers this genius gift to all of my friends on the cloth forum of a malaysian prime minister world wide website
which is something that Issey does regularly
over-exaggerates a design element just into the realm of outlandish or even uncomfortable, but not so crazy that the piece is not wearable
I wrote a background "analysis" because I personally like it when OPs provide more information when they open up a topic of discussion, and this is a style I really like so I decided to write what I know and enjoy about it.
I'm sorry that I have caused so much offense to you that you felt the need to chew me out about my post.
damn there u r again with the fantastic analysis. which part gave it away that i was exaggerating? was it the part about the big dongs being a necessary entrance requirement to a top secret library?
Those panels need to be hot pink instead of photographs