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Vintage Vault of Color Blocking: Elle UK February 1986

Before this year’s hottest trend had a name model, Linda Evangelista, showed us how to color block in the Elle UK February 1986 magazine spread.

The editorial entitled “Silk Flies High” features a younger Linda blowing in the wind, almost as if she was flying into a colorful abyss. She looks so comfortable and carefree.

After viewing pictures like this, I had to ask myself “Was color blocking as popular in the 1980’s as it is now?” What are your thoughts?



  1. Nikell October 13, 2011 Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Since I was only 3 back in 86, I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate the beauty of the photo spread ^_^

  2. Ladyofashion October 13, 2011 Reply

    Love the pink and neon green… my favourite! Ahhh, colour blocking makes me happy! 🙂

  3. WendyB October 14, 2011 Reply

    My favorite model of all time.

  4. Anonymous October 14, 2011 Reply

    Insane!! In a good way 😀 The color combinations are definitely borderline wild, but I love that the model has a real expression and at least one extremity to the ground at all times. I’m so over models with bland expressions hanging in the air mid-jump like nothing special is happening, without so much as a stray hair moving. Argh 🙂

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