NEW YORK — Individual expression will dominate fall-winter 2002-2003, according to DuPont’s new ready-to-wear trend workshop, “Creative Differences.”
“Modern romance is really the main theme,” said Roseann Forde, fashion director at DuPont and the creator of the workshop. “It’s a focus on strong, womanly women.”
Broken up into three categories — He/She, Neo-Romantic and Urban Pulse — the workshop includes color, fabric and silhouette direction.
The first group, He/She, explores the “masculine and feminine moods of the modern woman,” said Forde. “It encourages women to portray strength and purpose, while still maintaining their feminine attributes.”
Colors in this group include mercury, deep sea blue, ivory, a shade of gray with a lilac cast and a pink taupe.
“These colors work well in men’s wear-inspired looks, yet they’re extremely feminine and easy to wear,” she added.
Fabrics, meanwhile, focus on classic tweeds, herringbones, pinstripes and checks, all tailored with feminine contours, such as defined waistlines and fluid wide or narrow trousers.
“Lycra and wool blends are perfect for these looks,” said Forde.
Neo-Romantic combines a variety of romantic elements from the past and puts them together with a modern sensibility. The palette focuses on corals, pinks and berries that play off sea foam and taupe.
“The looks range from Victorian to Hollywood of the Thirties and Forties and the Jackie Kennedy era,” she added.
Silhouettes, meanwhile, are decidedly feminine — from lace tea dresses and camis to two-piece dresses and soft, feminine sweaters.
For Urban Pulse, the focus is the woman who is “looking for more style innovation to enhance her image.
“This theme is two-fold,” said Forde. “First, it encompasses the movement to reinvent active sportswear by taking it to urban avenues, while filling the need for protective and comfortable clothing that is still fashionable. In addition, it is for women who love to experiment with cutting-edge fashion.”
The palette for Urban Pulse is richer in hue and includes a metallic mercury as an accent color in addition to a vibrant shot of purple. Silhouettes are directional, as well, with novel interpretations of sweatshirt dressing, draped skirts and sculpted necklines. Also important are stretch leather and denim, Forde added.

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