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WOMEN'S TRENDS FALL WINTER 2014-2015
Fall Winter 2014 collections includes the return of an old favorite: the pants suit. Whether experimental, classic, feminine or androgynous this eighties favorite has made it back on the runways, and made it big.
Though the overall inspiration of the collections in terms of silhouettes were the decades of the 60s and 70s, there was a definite look towards some eighties stales as the trousers suit. Shapes took an all together more top heavy feel with oversize coats, capes, and billowing furs. Slumped raglan shoulders with an exaggerated roundness are constructed on coats, capes and dresses as well as jackets and tunics. To contrast the feel, leggings, tights and delicate footwear completed many looks.
Fall 2014: Color that Transcends Time and Place
Top 10 Women's Colors
Whether it was a particular decade or a trip to a special place, designers are fascinated with the beauty of the past and the spirit of the present—recreating it with color, fabric and style this fall season. Design and color were inspired by everything from books, artisan crafts, photography and retro architecture, to exotic landscapes and the children of rock legends. The diverse color palette takes us on an adventure spanning 100 years—a season roused by various vantage points from past and present.
“This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "There is a feminine mystique that is reflected throughout the palette, inspired by the increasing need for women everywhere to create an individual imprint."
Sangria, an exotic red that evokes a sense of glamorous adventures and faraway destinations is enhanced by Aurora Red, a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark.
The grown-up reds are followed by two extremes of the purple family that intrigue the eye and inspire the imagination. Mauve Mist, a romantic and elegant purple shade, reminds us of the deco era and stimulates a sense of femininity and empowerment, while Radiant Orchid, a captivating and adaptable shade, enchants the complete spectrum. Pair either with Cypress, a majestic and powerful green; indicative of its name, this shade has a towering presence and serves as a stunning perennial.
With its slightly green undertone, Bright Cobalt offers a subtle twist on the traditional cobalt blue, which unifies this season’s blues. Likewise, Royal Blue, which is both evocative and dignified, provides more complexity and excitement than the average navy, while still remaining versatile. Pair Bright Cobalt with Sangria and Cypress, or Royal Blue with Mauve Mist and Aluminum, a futuristic stainless steel shade that serves as a complex neutral.
Similar to Sangria, Cognac’s name alone leads to glamorous illusions. This classy and cultured brown takes a typical autumnal color to a sumptuous realm, making the shade unexpectedly ideal for evening wear. Adding a ray of sunlight and warmth, optimistic Misted Yellow alludes to the promise of spring to come. Both Cognac and Misted Yellow will also be prevalent in prints—a surprisingly popular trend this fall season.
For more than 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important color trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for fall 2014.
Fusion – Hue and Saturation Key words: Control. Masculinity. Uneven vs. Solid colors. Perforation. Clean lines. Spatiality. Colors are distorted and mediated by cutting, breaking and interfering with the surface of the textiles, creating grids, panels and other geometrical shapes. 3D, air-stuffed and mesh techniques are put into play to emulate architectural structures. Excessively even and smooth surfaces mask the tactility of the textile. The fabrics are generally light-weight, crisp and cool to the hand, and high-performance materials are imperative.
Fairytale – Colors of a dream Key words: Mystery. Playfulness. Ambiguity. Hide and seek. Decadence. Allure. Eccentricity. The frosty and crystal-bright winter light is translated into shimmering metallic- or leather-coatings in surprising combinations. The overall palette is warm with an intriguing depth. Fur is a new obvious component in the design of textiles. Lightweight fabrics are essential to the look, as is subdued decoration, mostly obtained by special weaves and yarns with unique properties. Bonded fabrics add extra volume and density. Shaping new bold silhouettes.
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Rainbow – Bright on white
Key words: Vitality. Glow. Simplicity. Play. Reinvigoration. Excess. Optimism controlled by white.
Fabric surfaces are re-worked to obtain a textured and detailed look. Prints, mainly stripes, are interpreted in new ways, while intricate techniques are used to add dimension, and emphasize the tactile qualities of woven fabrics, knits and jersey. Colors rise from the surface of fur and other soft and tangible materials as lines of bright needle punching. Crisp, fresh fabrics are used against super heavy materials in order to create a sensation of heavenly luxury.