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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Colour Trends 2011

Fall 2011 colour trends: Autumn / Winter 2011

Written by Daniel P Dykes

It's time to gaze into the crystal ball and take a look at the colour trends that will sit as a part of autumn / fall 2011 fashion trends. Understandably what we're seeing so far is largely aspirational: a year's colour trends are always less about particular styles and more about evoking the imagination.


Fall 2011 textile color trends

These textile trends come from Spin Expo, an international trade fair for yarns, fibres, knitwear and knitted fabrics that is held in both New York and Shanghai. They've picked and described the topical / thematic colour trends for autumn / fall 2011 textiles as follows:

Time to play

An energising palette of clear whitened winter greens, dusted with modern brights and a dark purple.

The exploration of 'self' through playfulness, and activity. Making time to have fun, experiment and be ever changing.

Sport is re-invented through a new sense of colour making it merge seamlessly with everyday life.

Looking at culture for the techno age generation who are easily bored and in need of constant stimulation.

  • Natural and synthetic of equal importance
  • Drape, fluidity and movement
  • Compact, dense and peached
  • Polished sheen achieved by fibre choice or mercerising
  • Yarns and fabrics that can perform and energise
  • Technical finishes and new innovations
  • Stretch and movement
  • Graphic plays of colour and pattern
  • Fresh stripes
  • Simple micro textures
  • Iridescent glow and rich lustre

The colours for this theme:

fall 2011 color

Colours: dawn blue, blackberry cordial, calypso cordial, mineral green, porcelain, mustard gold, amazon, apple green, mallard green, rifle green

Time to escape

A powdered level of colours using pinkish taupes, warm copper and soft browns, enriched by deep rose and blue grey.

A sense of protection is swathed in discreet luxury, enhanced by subtle beauty searching for a new perfection.

A rough, raw dimension that hints at femininity with natural charm, rustic yet delicate, wild yet precious.

A time to luxuriate in our own space, relaxation time, making time to improve, beautify and rejuvenate.

  • Powdery finishes
  • Soft shimmer and lustre
  • Diffused surfaces through hair and brushing
  • Feathery, twisted and ruffled
  • Smooth luxurious shine
  • Burnished metallics
  • Warm soft textures
  • Broken surfaces with a natural patina
  • Delicate sheer textures and transparent looks
  • Layering from fine to very chunky
  • Extreme exaggerated stitches
  • Blurred and subtlety broken plays on colour

The colours for this theme:

fall 2011 color

Colours: cream tan, copper, burlwood, chateau rose, desert sand, beet red, incense, whitecap gray, lead, bracken

Time to explore

Rich, saturated levels of colour in warm tones of russet orange, strong reds, golds and bronzes contrasted by vibrant teal and pinks, all merged together to give a moody, painterly dimension.

Making time to explore our own creativity and explore new ideas, looking at art activities such as painting, printing and crafts, but reinventing them in a futuristic way.

Expressing our own individuality by making good use of our hands and enjoying embellishing, enhancing and creating new looks in a modern way.

Finding time to create our own identity through freedom of spirit.

  • Appearances are deceptive with handmade or rough looks, but with a soft to the touch feel
  • Lots of surface interest
  • Novelty textures and novelty fibre blends
  • Volume and rounded looks
  • Hairy and raised surfaces
  • Rich vibrant gold and metallics
  • Velvety looks and touch
  • Multi colour effects in neps and marls
  • Printing and hand painting
  • Chunky but weightless
  • Irregular textures
  • Boiled and compact
  • Rich bold use of pattern and colour

The colours for this theme:

fall 2011 color
Colours: chili pepper, beeswax, boysenberry, buckthorn brown, molten lava, seaport, beetroot purple, fuchsia red, partridge, decadent chocolate

Time to shine

Mysteriously deep and intense shades of inky blues, greys and blacks through to futuristic purples from dark to light. Shimmering yet burnished highlights of silver and gold offer decorative relief.

A time to visit an era when things were special, cherished and refined, yet reconstruct it into the future to make it relevant to modern life.

Combining a decorative legacy of the past with a streamlined futuristic vision enhanced by technology.

A time to find exquisite beauty and perfection by looking at decorative form and modern adornment. Creating drama and intrigue, desire and satisfaction. Regaining our status to face the modern world.

  • Fine, threadlike counts, highly twisted
  • Polished surfaces from bright shine to subtle sheens
  • Sparkle of all kinds
  • Burnished and aged metallics
  • Fur and plush looks
  • Feathery effects
  • Rich velvety finishes
  • Lace and ruffles
  • Aged appearances
  • Silky drape and fluid looks
  • Subtle crinkle surfaces and delicate textures
  • Extreme softness and lustre
  • Exquisite embellishment and jewels used with finesse

The colours for this theme:

fall 2011 color

Colours: lily white, pewter, orchid hush, peacoat, heron, surf the web, true navy, gothic grape, champagne, jet black

Spring / Summer 2011 color trends

Written by Daniel P Dykes

With 2011's fashion trends on the horizon it's time to look forwards to the year's first full season and the fashion trends for Spring 2011. Helping to shape the numerous trends we'll wear throughout the year are a number of colour trends that a lot of designers and labels will use to shape their collection. Read on to get a sneak peak of what they'll be.

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spring 2011 color trends

Cloth / Fabric Spring 2011 Colour Trends

For their take on the colours for Spring 2011 clothing trends, cloth manufacturers Lenzing believe that we won't just be throwing off the darker colours of Fall 2010's trends but possibly even the mentality that has gone with recent financially tough times. Thus they see Spring / Summer 2011 colours as those which are "uplifting" and "soften, energise, and excite."

For the Spring / Summer 2011 season they've put forwards five key colour trends.

Celebration
Spring personified in a palette, the colors that make up this Spring 2011 color trend are mostly named after flowers: iris, viola, daffodil, poppy, and geranium. Unsurprisingly, should this color scheme take your fancy, this one should be worked into your Spring 2011 wardrobe as a part of your florals.

spring 2011 color celebration

Abstraction

I must confess to not liking this color palette in the leastl the turquoise clashes with the maroon to my eye, and how yellow green made it in there has left me stumped. This is one color trend for those who are loud and proud.

spring 2011 clothing colors

New Classic
According to Lenzing new and unexpected twists on classic elements, and naturally bright pigments, will develop into new classics. "Fabrics are classic, materials the same but all elements are somewhat twisted: fibers in unusual yarn-spinning and -counts, classical weave patterns in atypical materials clashed with a curious checkered design, an embroidery where you didn't expect it - nothing loud, just enough to make you startle."

summer 2011 colors

Aqueous
Sitting as our favourite Spring / Summer 2011 color trend 'aqueous' is also the most dangerous. An obvious color theme for Spring 2011 because of its nautical tones, such obviousness is also what is likely to see it lazily interpreted and applied - a danger for designers and labels looking to apply seasonal colors to their basics. To avoid such misapplication Lenzing believe it should be used with "floating" pieces where the fabric is the focus; an interpretation of the sheer clothing trend seems a strong contender if you intend to work this color theme through your wardrobe.

spring 2011 nautical colors

Perleage
Subtle colours, bar for the jet black, this is a color trend all about sheen; in effect, luxurious and radiant colors menat to match with your radiant Summer tan.

spring 2011 color

Lingerie / Swimwear Spring 2011 Colour Trends

Along with their take on the motifs that we'll be wearing in Spring 2011, Interfiliere have also released their interpretation of the season's colour trends. Their choice for the colours you should be picking for your swimwear and lingerie are an eclectic range of hues, and ones better suited to swimwear than they are to the boudoir.

spring 2011 color

Leather Spring 2010 Colour Trends

Le Cuir A Paris is another fashion trend based event, though different to Interfiliere in that it concentrates on leather and fur trends. Their picks for Spring / Summer 2011 colour trends are divided into five separate motifs:

Archaic Garden
"The range is whitened, stony, mineral or delicately fruity. The softness of faded, evanescent, light and serious colors."

spring 2011 color

Underwater Variation
"The range delves into the blue, and extends to an aqua green. Sea anemone pink is enhanced by inky blues and purples. Navy and brown darken the landscape. White soap bubbles refresh the saturated atmosphere."

underwater color

Tropical Dramaturgy
"The range is solar, incandescent, spicy and suffocating. Yellow singing at the top of its voice, uninhibited parrot green, the orange of Tibetan monks, the entire spectrum of reds from purple to salmon pink. Bushy brown, deep blue."

tropical color

Enchanted Picnic
"The range sets your teeth on edge. The neon colors are whitened. Jelly pink is transparent, the pastels are over-bright. The brights are on fire, tempered by a reasonable grey and a measured beige."

picnic color

Shadowy Shores
"The range is tinged with vegetal colors. Bathed in red, boat hull; dark navy, hut; strong green, canvas. Or lightened colors, bleached by the salt, faded by the sun and the sea."

beach color

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