Byline: Daniela Gilbert

NEW YORK — “Mood Swings explores clothing as an overt reflection of who we are and how we feel about ourselves,” said DuPont fashion director Roseann Forde, talking about the title of her ready-to-wear workshop highlighting new looks for spring-summer 2001.
“It is the tool that we employ in packaging ourselves on any given day or evening,” Forde said at DuPont’s Manhattan offices.
The three signature moods for spring-summer 2001 are: Flirtatious, Confident and Carefree.
The Flirtatious mood celebrates femininity in all of its forms. Colors are cosmetic, with pinks, misty mauves and soft corals key. Fabrics are sheer and feature movement and texture. Prints come into play, as do adornments such as beading, stitching and sequins.
Silhouettes are highly feminine, with slipdresses that feature geometric prints or embroidered overlays; pants in three lengths: hot, cropped and long, and details at the neckline such as gathers or cowlnecks.
“The 21st-century woman now has the power to express her femininity, and her clothing echoes this sentiment,” Forde said.
Confident features practical looks that fit in with our everyday lives. The look is assertive and feminine, yet comfortable.
“The confident woman no longer needs the security of the power jacket, but if she chooses, she can pair a shadow-striped men’s wear jacket with a delicate, ruffle-tiered skirt,” said Forde.
Colors in the Confident mood are cool and neutral or classic navy and white hues. Fabrics include patterned jerseys, satins, yarn-dyed wovens and drapable twills, among others. Leather also plays a key role. Many styles include intricate detailing and luxury touches that remain casual at their core.
For Carefree, lighthearted looks enhanced by a variety of eclectic pieces are important. Mixing pattern, print and texture, the carefree woman makes these looks her own, according to Forde.
“It’s really a playful and relaxing mood,” she added.
The colors reflect this attitude with bold citrus hues teamed with copper blonde, turquoise and geranium. Fabrics include rib knits, jacquards, crinkled wovens and lots of denim.
“The look in denim, however, is more sophisticated,” noted Forde.
Other silhouettes have a bohemian air, with peasant dresses, midriff tops, flounced jean jackets and hooded tops.
“It’s a slightly ethnic look that’s very chic,” Forde added.