NEW YORK -- Aiming to strengthen its color trend presentation, the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition has formed a committee of 10 color experts, who will develop a projection palette for fall 1995.

The committee, headed by Lisa Mainardi, Cotton Incorporated's manager of apparel fashion marketing, will meet here July 19 at the offices of The Larkin Group -- the IFFE sponsor -- to put together their forecast for the season. The color trends will be displayed during the fall IFFE, slated for Oct. 18-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here. In addition, the group will discuss its findings at a seminar scheduled for Oct. 19, at 8:30 a.m. The session will feature style trends and color direction, along with a presentation of color cards to attendees.

One committee member is Margaret Walch, associate director of The Color Association of the United States, which has already released its own projections for the season. The association's palette is expected to be incorporated into the committee's overall package, Mainardi said.

"As we grow the IFFE and attempt to get more quality exhibitors, we also wanted to get a good cross-section of experts [for this service]," said Jonathan Larkin, president of Larkin.

In addition to Mainardi and Walch, other committee members are Eleanor Douglas, president, Eleanor Douglas Inc.; Sharon Graubard, creative director, Tobe -- The Next Step; Anne Mitchell, fashion director, Ames Department Stores; Virginia Borland, senior writer, Sourcing News/TIP; Phil Shroff, president, Shroff & Associates; Catherine Stein, president, The Color Council; Haysun Hahn, creative marketing director, Promostyl U.S.A., and Ellen Campuzano, director, Committee for Color & Trends.

Although the IFFE has always presented color projection seminars, the last one, held this past March 22-24, was touched by controversy.

Consultant Lucey Harley, principal of Lucey Harley Associates, withdrew from the seminar 24 hours before it was set to go on.

The three other members of the group -- Mainardi; Mary Stipe, promotion and marketing director of the American Wool Council, and Karen Puffer, marketing service manager, Lenzing Fibers Corp. -- presented the program.Harley has said she withdrew due to irreconcilable differences between herself and the Larkin Group. She has declined to elaborate. Jonathan Larkin called the situation "a non-issue."

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