Yes, you heard right.  As difficult as it might be to keep up with the newest ‘new black’, it seems designers are determined to make this one stick at least through the beginning of next year, as their Resort 2012 collections were still very hot on the Colorblock (so hot that one might wonder if Monsieurs Mondrian and YSL are turning over in their graves.)

It seems you’ll be able to get more mileage out of the already-done damage your credit cards have endured in the name of Colorblock.  I’m thinking about all those Spring SALE and pre-ordered Fall trunk show ‘investments’ you’ve made.  That said, I am still wary of this trend’s potential for ‘done to death’ status, leaving a trail of trampled fashion victims in its wake. Nowadays, mainstream retailers are so quick to do “the nasty” with a knock-off, the carcass is often left by the wayside long before the runway collection itself gets to stores.  And by then, no matter how sacred the burial ground, most in-the-know ii’s can’t tolerate another look at it.

This in mind, I choose my investments carefully, typically banking on the lasting uniqueness and longevity of a piece.  The key is to seek out something unusual enough to peak return interest for seasons to come, long after the trend is six feet under.  Amidst the overloaded spectrum of Colorblock pieces gracing the runways, here were the looks I was most attracted to, those which indicated the promise of having a long afterlife in my wardrobe (photos from Style.com):

Prabal Gurung Resort 12

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 12

Pedro Lourenço Resort 12

Peter Pilotto Resort 12

Alexander Wang Resort 12

Balenciaga Resort 12

Chanel Resort 12

Roksanda Ilincic Resort 12

Celine Resort 12

VPL Resort 12

Julian Louie Fall 11

Marc Jacobs Fall 11

Balenciaga Fall 11

Aquascutum Fall 11

Sonia Rykiel Fall 11

United Bamboo Fall 11

Libertine Fall 11

Prada Fall 11

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