NEW YORK — Cotton Incorporated’s forecast for the fall 2004 season is based on a blend of realism and positiveness.
“Overall, the color palette for this season balances both these things in a blend of brights, darks and naturals for a cohesive look,” said Kathryn Novakovic, director of fashion marketing. “Dark and murky shades such as navies, grays, browns and faded blacks continue, punched up with brighter shades of red, purple and green, while softer neutrals provide the perfect backdrop for these stronger colors.”
The five color groups in the forecast were: Night Bright, Flea Market, Trail Mix, Enchanted Forest and White Out.
The colors for Night Bright, which Novakovic said would be suited for the activewear market, take their inspiration from the sea. Heavily influenced by greens, blues and browns, the palette includes Lime Light, Deepest Midnight and Silt Shimmer — a sandy shade suitable for sateen and velvet looks.
Flea Market included colors inspired by Seventies rock ’n’ roll, as well as patchwork. “The look is very mismatched here,” said Novakovic. The colors, including Butterscotch, Pool Table and Lava Orange, evoked lollipops, circuses and comic books.
The colors in the Trail Mix group were earthy and natural, dominated by greens and browns. “It’s inspired by the colors of natural grains and seeds with a surprising jolt of color from wildflowers,” she added. “It’s both clean and natural, a very basic approach to color.” The group included tones such as Poppy Seed, Chamomile, Lentil and Wild Flower.
For the Enchanted Forest, the palette was romantic and exotic, including hues called Kyoto Plum, Genie Green and Smoked Blue. “Think flying carpets, magic genies, golden palaces and opulent costumes,” she said. “The colors are perfect for sateen and chintz looks, as well as polished cottons.”
The first snow of winter was the inspiration for White Out. The soft palette included Winter Shadow, Glacier Blue and Lichen. “Here, the whites play together in heathered yarns and white-on-white prints,” she continued. “Great fabrics in this group would include soft cottons blended with angora, cashmere or wool.”In fabrics, said Novakovic, “surface interest enhances and enriches color while adding dimension and depth. Texture remains extremely important in denim, knits, corduroy and weaves. Prints are self-assured and feature clean graphics, bold stripes, Art Nouveau florals and influences from Pop Art and Impressionism.”
She named her five fabric trends On Track, Hipster How-To, Tip-Top Precision, Classic Construction and Print Personalities.
On Track reflected the athletic influence on knitwear, with fabrics that featured technological innovation, activewear design influences and comfort qualities. The group included double-sided fleece, denim influences on knitwear, indigo overdyes, bleaching effects, wax-look coatings and soft, plush knits inspired by the terry tracksuit craze. “The grouping is very technical,” Novakovic said. “An example is a antimicrobial cotton and nylon blend.”
Denim and corduroy were the focus of Hipster How-To. The group relied on surface-interest features, such as slubs, to create abstract lines and unevenness and used flocking to give a faux suede look. The group also featured bicolor cords with combinations of wide and thin wales.
Shirting fabrics were the focus of Tip-Top Precision. “The look is refined and distinctive and includes multiple textures and weaves,” said Novakovic. The group featured overdyes in hazy hues, two-tone pinstripes and flannels brushed on both sides, home-inspired jacquards, plaid and floral prints. Tip-Top also featured cotton and metal combinations that looked like linen and leather-like polyurethane coatings.
The theme of Classic Construction, created specifically for bottomweights, was compactly structured looks with lots of surface interest. The group used textured jacquards, felting techniques, double-faced fabrics, micro sanding effects and peach touch surfaces to add substance and depth to the fabrics. “It’s another example of bringing home looks into apparel with the tapestry jacquards,” said Novakovic.
The prints in Print Personalities included home-influenced printed velvets, Japanese-inspired bold and graphic looks, Mod and Art Deco prints from the Sixties and artistic looks that included craft-inspired geometrics.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty