NEW YORK — Talk about a magnetic personality. DuPont Textiles & Interiors’ latest trend workshop, called Magnetism, explored three themes for the spring 2004 season: Beauty, Charm and Energy.

“Magnetism is that indefinable quality that sets us apart and makes us attractive to others,” explained Roseann Forde, fashion director and creator of the workshop. “Those who have it bring excitement and energy into the lives of those around them.”

The Beauty theme centered on the woman who is extremely visual, with a personal style that exudes balance and composition. “She is classic, yet highly fashion conscious and has a special appreciation for dressmaker details that are inspired by couture and interpreted to fit her everyday lifestyle,” said Forde. Colors in the theme included an array of pastels and cosmetic hues that tied in with neutrals and rich darks. Fabrics included satins and sateens. Key silhouettes included sheath dresses, pleated skirts and lace tops.

The Charm theme, intended to be lighthearted and youthful, evoked the innocence of the Fifties with colors, patterns and prints that were a reflection of carefree days. The group included pale hues that combined with midlevel brights, and patterns that ranged from checks, stripes and dots to vintage florals. Shapes in the group were inspired by the era as well: Circular skirts, round-sleeved blouses, ruched knit tops and cropped jeans played a role.

The Energy theme had two components, physical energy and creative energy. The palette for both was a group of vivid brights accented by milk chocolate and grape. The physical energy component was defined by activewear, with fabrics such as mesh, variegated striped jersey and waffle constructions. Creative energy focused on a cutting-edge approach to style that is practical and easy to wear. It included textured ribs, dimensional effects and lustrous wovens. Both groups included silhouettes that consisted of asymmetric and D-ringed T-shirts, zippered and wrapped skirts, blocked tank tops and slender pants.

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