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Celanese: Contrast Key for Fall 2003

NEW YORK — Six color groups and three themes for silhouette and fabric rounded out Celanese’s fall 2003 trend forecast, presented recently in New York by James Siewert, manager of trend direction.<br><br>“There is an obvious, visual...

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NEW YORK — Six color groups and three themes for silhouette and fabric rounded out Celanese’s fall 2003 trend forecast, presented recently in New York by James Siewert, manager of trend direction.

This story first appeared in the December 24, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

“There is an obvious, visual mood to the palette for this season,” said Siewert. “The overall warmth of colors allows for the melding of shades, moving away from tonal play and into more contrast. Hues are defined and individual, not just in groups, but as single colors as well. The entire palette allows for a mix of warm hand fabrications, surface textural weaves and knits in visual combinations of matte and luster finishes.”

The first group, darks, included intense and rich shades that work for dimensional effects in satins and velvets, he said.

Classic midtones included neutrals and pseudo-darks that could be transitioned to round out the darks, while hybrid midtones are stronger color options, noted Siewert. “This group can be used as a necessary tool for both solids and print designs,” he said.

Sportive midtones included versatile shades that move across all markets depending on design and fabric, he added, saying, “it’s a key group that can be used in contrast of warm and cool hand fabrics. Luster and texture coexist to add depth.”

Iced neutrals, he said, were important base colors: “They work as bases in contemporary satins and velvets or in irregular yarn knits.”

The last color group, autumn brights, included rich, warm and saturated levels of colors that were necessary elements for the season.

“You can use them as accents, visual solids or in print designs,” said Siewert. “Their ability to accent the other five groups make them universally appealing.”

The three groups for silhouette and fabric were Urban, Romantic Bohemian and Sportive.

For Urban, a key theme was contrasts, such as the luster of satin against the texture of a jacquard.

“This group continues a mood of dressing up, yet keeps the silhouette fluid and easy,” said Siewert. “Elements of tailored sportswear combine a sharp, clean look that counteracts with the visual of a print for accent.”

The key to Romantic Bohemian was the slightly retro hand of soft velvets and cozy knits, he continued: “Adding a quiet, patterned surface through sculpted florals and swirled motifs allows for an almost antiqued look.” While the group worked as an accent in topweight designs — spanning all markets from junior to designer — the same fabrics could become evening options for close-to-the-body silhouettes and after-five separates.

Sportive, he added, brought a flourish to more casual designs. “The comfort of knit and the importance of texture work together here,” said Siewert. “The element of print adds a desired contrast when used against classic bottomweights or as a foil to casual, cropped jackets. Meanwhile, the play of matte luster on the surface adds a contemporary mood.”

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