Forget Tonal Dressing For A Sec, Sies Marjan And Tibi Make A Case For The Head-To-Toe Colour Block

Just when you thought you'd got layering sussed

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One of fashion's many great qualities, is its ability to keep us on our toes.

And just when we thought we'd mastered the art of pattern clashing and tonal dressing, or layering texture upon texture a la Gucci, a case has been made for stripping away the excess in favour of single block colours.

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Both Tibi and Sies Marjan have historically been fond of the single-colour outfit. In February, even the show set at Sies Marjan was colour blocked with uplighters. And, last year, Tibi's floaty, canary yellow midi became something of a cult classic among influencers and celebrities.

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But with Gucci, Prada, Balenciaga and other heavyweights taking maximalism, mixed-layering and prints to serious extremes, it's been a while since we've seen real homage to single colours being paid.

But Tibi and Marjan are here to remind us to take a breather and that sometimes the less fussy route is better.

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Marjan ditched the shirting of the previous collection, in favour of floatier, softer shapes. The structure came in the form of plissé fabrics and snake effect PVC, as well as ruffles reminiscent of that hero Tibi dress.

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Tibi brings back their signature loose shapes, but with an even more pared down approach and none of the tassels or drawstrings of the previous collection. Important styling touches included trousers tucked into cuban heeled boots and that infamous bag-clutching that we saw on the February runways.

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