By  on August 7, 2007

NEW YORK — Today through Aug. 9, the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan is playing host to the twin textile-design exhibitions Printsource and Direction. At the shows, fall's neutral color palette is sharing the limelight with acid tones. Nadia Reisfeld is presenting a fall 2008 collection inspired by the perennial brights of West Coast fashion at Direction. "Not everything has to be dark and somber this fall," says Reisfeld, owner of NR Designs. Many of her prints feature combinations of yellow and peach with black and gray. "There's something very smart about a pop of color," she adds. Meanwhile, Marilyn Kern Textile Designs is showing gray prints pierced with a vibrant plum tone alongside her popular animal patterns in chocolate and tan at the same show. "Fall is always big in terms of those," says Kern. "Abstractions with bright colors keep them fresh this season."

At Printsource, bright colors can be found in appealing border prints at Tag Sale Textiles. "Borders were huge this summer, and I'm pretty sure they'll continue to be," says firm owner Wendy Greenberg. "Since it's a holdover trend, there are a lot that incorporate bright neons or pastels." Also adding some wattage to fall's color scheme is Tom Cody, owner of Tom Cody Designs. One of his most directional pieces, a brown ombré velvet that shifts to bright gold, is unmistakably autumnal. "Our whole line features grays and browns mixed with bright colors," he says. Bright colors this season don't serve to lighten prints, but instead to complement fall's colors and highlight their depth.

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