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FALL ’95: ALL ABOUT COLOR

Byline: Margaret Mazzaraco

NEW YORK — It will be an energetic and colorful fall 1995.
The reds — from light to earth and fire — will lead the color parade, according to the Color Committee of the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition.
The committee, made up of 11 color experts, put together their forecast for the upcoming IFFE, to be held Oct. 18-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here. The experts will discuss their predictions at a forum to be held during IFFE on Wednesday Oct. 19.
Serving on the committee are: Lisa Mainardi, manager, apparel fashion marketing of Cotton Incorporated; Margaret Walch, associate director, The Color Association of the United States; Eleanor Douglas, fashion merchandising analyst; Madeline Daddiego, director of promotion, Mohair Council of America; Anne Mitchell, corporate fashion director, Ames Department Stores; Virginia Borland, consultant/journalist; Ellen Campuzano, director, Committee for Colour & Trends; Catherine B. Stein, president of The Color Council; Phil Shroff, president, Shroff & Associates; Haysun A. Hahn, creative marketing director, Promostyle USA, and Saharon Graubard, creative director, Tobe-The Next Step.
In a preview of the forecast, Mainardi noted that the committee entitled their overall forecast “Energies.” Committee members, she said, believe this is a key issue for the Nineties.
“People are revitalizing their energies, by going to the gym, eating healthy and with meditation and alternative medicine,” Mainardi said.
The forecast is divided into seven groups, most of them with names linked to various facets of the energy theme. At the top of the list is “Reds: Pulse.” The wide range of red hues is described as “the heartbeat of the season,” generating both excitement and warmth.
The other groupings are:
“Brights: Race,” street-influenced hues; brights, such as orange, and pastels, with “a sense of colorfulness coming from home furnishings.”
“Pales: Dream,” a soft mood in color and textures including brushed and soft loop textures with such hues as mauve, melon, blue greens and maize. l “Midtones: Discipline,” colors for the work force, especially diffused autumn tones.
“Neutrals: Meditation,” sophisticated tinted neutrals with cooler gray as the key.
“Darks: Intellect,” reflecting cafe society and hip downtown colors such as blackened hunter green, teals with a blue cast, raisin and moccasin brown.
“Metallics,” cutting-edge neutrals with new finishes, including high tech looks and pearlized coatings.
IFFE is offering mohair yarns that demonstrate the colors, which can be clipped at the fair. The yarns are sponsored by the Mohair Council of America, Women’s Wear Daily and Prodesco.