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Fall Colors: Shads of Americana

NEW YORK -- The Color Association of the United States has put together a palette evocative of Americana as the fall-winter 1995 shades that will influence fashion internationally.<BR><BR>The palette consists of five groups: Amish, Savannah, Shaker,...

NEW YORK — The Color Association of the United States has put together a palette evocative of Americana as the fall-winter 1995 shades that will influence fashion internationally.

The palette consists of five groups: Amish, Savannah, Shaker, Nor’easter and America.

“As the U.S. continues to lead other nations out of the global recession, American viewpoints will exert an influence on color and fashion,” said Margaret Walch, associate director of the association.

The colors also recall the Fifties and Sixties, with such bright hues as red, purple, orange and lemon drop yellow some of the headliners, she said.

Here’s how the five groups shape up:

  • Shaker, the leading group, is made up of autumnal colors, “representative of reassuring and substantial lifestyles in the U.S.A., notably New England fall colors like barn red, ladder-back brown, thicket green and mulberry wine, ” Walch said. “They set the main tone for the majority of American women.”
  • Amish features men’s wear darks, which are replacements for black. They include plum and evergreen. “These will capture the imagination of younger women,” noted Walch.
  • Savannah, a Southern-inspired group, designates “the new sense of what is pretty and feminine,” Walch noted, pointing to pink, periwinkle and mint julep green. In addition, there are very pale pastels — such as porcelain blue and sterling gray — for intimate apparel, blouses and dresses.
  • Nor’easter focuses on lightened colors that move from winter white to tints of outerwear shades, including fog gray and lichen green.
  • America is made up mostly of brights, seen as particularly appropriate for activewear and mixing with darks and neutrals. They are also seen as especially effective for man-made fiber fabrics.
Generally, Walch added, all shades of brown and deep reds will be important come fall 1995. Another key point is the influence of performance activewear on fashion.

“Reflective silver will be an element in fashion, used even by women who aren’t working out,” she said.