Byline: Daniela Gilbert

NEW YORK — A new attitude toward color, as well as a turn toward more refined looks, was the focus of Tencel’s Global Fabric Fair for spring-summer 2001.
Sandy MacLennan, European trend consultant, presented his views on the trends at the recent fair, which was held at the office of Acordis here.
MacLennan identified three themes for the season: Dreaming, Freespirit and Exploring.
Dreaming featured lightweight, liquid-like fabrics in a neutral, yet colorful palette that included ranges of green, blue in place of gray, and lilac and peach as accent colors.
“This trend is great for shirting in linen and Tencel blends that lend themselves to a smooth, refined look that is slightly papery with a more subtle, milkier touch,” said MacLennan.
Linen and nylon blends, as well as silk blends, he added, provide a more shiny, lustrous look in this grouping.
Freespirit, said MacLennan, “is all about color.” Reds, pinks, raspberries, oranges and lilacs show up on prints and other textures.
“This trend is very fresh, clean and fun and allows color to go mainstream,” he added.
Exploring, meanwhile, is more raw and gritty, with indigo still strong, but in a fluid, floaty fabric. Linen blends with a coarse hand are also key. Colors are largely neutral with hints of green in sage colorations.
“Exploring takes its cue from the earth and offers looks that have a dry, matte hand and are structured and textured,” said MacLennan. “They’re all very robust and feature a worn, organic feel.”