NEW YORK — Celanese acetate predicts a “nostalgic and pretty” spring 2004, according to James Siewert, manager of trend direction, in his recent Directives presentation.

“The season ahead is comprised of intense color elements,” he said. “Vibrant shades are key factors, as are defined neutrals and saturated pales.”

The presentation highlighted six color trends as well as four fabric trends for the season. The color trends were Mineral, Water, Fire, Air, Earth and Flora.

Mineral featured elegant and refined colors that mix base shades and tinted accents. The palette included both a light and dark gray, as well as a rose and a medium lavender color as accents in addition to a mocha brown. Black and white were key additives to the palette, Siewert said.

“While traditional tailored designs will use these colors as a base,” he said, “more sportive separates will utilize them in pattern play.”

Soothing shades made up the Water palette. The grouping is a series of blues and includes navy, baby blue and light turquoise. “While a tonal play is the first visual here, each color option can be worked across the board as accent or base color,” said Siewert.

Fire, a group of warm-based reds, included brick, pink and plum reds. “A key factor for the season is a continued interest in the berry, burgundy and coral shades,” he continued. “Here, too, a tonal play is an important option as well as one of contrast. Both the brick and blackened plum allow for an elegant base that can define both a contemporary or a classic mood.”

The colors in the Air grouping were pale and diluted. It included a flesh pink, light yellow, blue, green and a washed camel. “These pastel-based colors offer a light visual look for topweights in knits and wovens,” said Siewert. “While warm based, the colors allow for a play against the cool water colors and become a significant accent with the grays and mocha brown from the Mineral group.”

The colors in the Earth group were midtone and transitional. They included yellowed khaki, as well as pea green, medium-toned purple, olive green and bright orange. “Each option here can be worked with a more significant bright accent,” he added.The brightest of all the palettes, Flora included saturated tones of red, blue, orange, green and medium brown. “The visual strength of each of these colors allows for base use in the most sportive designs, as well as tools for prints and luxurious luster jewel tones for satin,” said Siewert.

Siewert’s fabric trends fell into three groups: Eloquent, Elementary and Evocative.

Eloquent included fluid fabrics, in both knits and wovens, that featured supple textures, such as sculpted surfaces and metallic-shot patterns. “Beyond the traditional focus on after-five designs are more contemporary uses that will play these fabrics against simple, plain weaves or, in the most contemporary markets, as a foil to denim,” he said.

Elementary featured lightweight and fluid looks that allow for cross-market categories. “The look of texture is an important factor through the weave or, as a fancy, adding an element of dimension without adding weight,” Siewert said. “Subtle effects are newest, utilizing bright colors as the focal point or simple pattern work.”

Finally, Evocative was a return to elegant weaves. The overall effect, said Siewert, was that of a fluid, lustrous surface that allows for more couture-like designs. Another important component of the grouping was bias cuts, dressmaker tailoring, embossing and through-the-weave surface treatments that add a visual look. “While overall, the more tailored markets will use this group for an elegant story,” Siewert concluded, “contemporary markets will utilize them with more casual fabrics as contrasts to sportive separates.”

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