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NEW YORK -- Uncomplicated separates dressing in unusual combinations of wovens, knits and prints will be a key trend for spring 1995, according to Alison Webb, manager of creative services for Wellman Inc.'s fibers division.<BR><BR>Webb gave her...

NEW YORK — Uncomplicated separates dressing in unusual combinations of wovens, knits and prints will be a key trend for spring 1995, according to Alison Webb, manager of creative services for Wellman Inc.’s fibers division.

Webb gave her preview of the season at a recent presentation to about 50 representatives from mills and converters at Wellman’s sales and marketing offices here. Referring to the ease of separates dressing, she called her fashion presentation “The Simple Life.”

She forecast the season will be highlighted by “a lot of fresh items,” with pieces that blend various fibers and outfits that mix patterns as well as solids.

One of the blends played up was Fortrel Wash n’ Wool, a new branded program using Wellman’s Fortel polyester and its washable wool. The polyester is a special type engineered to blend with the wool.

“This product is ideal for the white pantsuit, which is one of the season’s strong silhouettes,” she said. Webb then proceeded to show slides of pantsuits using woven fabrics. Webb also illustrated how various new blends can be used in knits, with samples of a cardigan, vest and rib turtleneck, all in beige and using Fortrel Microspun (a polyester microfiber) and Wellman washable wool.

Webb divided her spring forecast into four themes. They are:

  • Simply Romantic, highlighted by what she called “soft, feminine looks for women and sweet prints for children.” Key looks include tailored jackets over full pants in light and fluid fabrics, such as lightweight crepons, puckers and subtle linen textures. Among the designs are slipdresses worn alone or over T-shirts, and sheer vests layered over many pieces.

  • Simply Charming, focusing on stripes and checks in muted neutrals and simplified shapes, “creating the feeling of country charm,” Webb said. The executive noted that the relaxed look is an important part of the theme, which features drawstring pants or shorts, loose constructed jackets, midriff-baring knit tops, floral halter dresses and long skirts that wrap and tie.

  • Simply Modern, pairing neutrals with bright, bold colors. Plain, clean surfaces are used for contrast against textured ones, such as fine twills and poplins in brights, white or khaki. Knits are slick and stretch-like in leggings and tank tops, and worn as basics under loose layers. Stretch terries and chunky ribs are also combined with smooth surface wovens. The looks include spare short dresses or long slipdresses in a shock of color, midriff knit tops over wide pants and long tunics over short shorts.

  • Simply Spirited, spotlighting pattern and color. Rich folklore-inspired patterns and bold multicolored stripes are mixed with solid pieces. For vests and loose tops, multicolor tribal designs, woodcuts, block prints and batiks illustrate the theme, as well as primitive, handcrafted designs. Rough textures, including canvas and linen weaves, for rugged bottom weights and loose jackets are important, as are rustic twills with pronounced ribs, indigo-dyed coarse knits and coarse, woven novelty striped shirtings.