NEW YORK — An overall enhancement of color will define the fall-winter 2002-2003 season, according to Celanese Acetate’s latest Directives trend presentation.

“Within the five color groups that I’ve highlighted for the season are saturated shades, sophisticated pales and a strong influence” of warm hues, said James Siewert, manager of trend direction at Celanese.

He said that contrast of color in tonals or as strong visuals is also important, adding, “prints and patterns become more obvious and luster- surfaced fabrics add a formal note even in sportswear.”

The five color groups highlighted in the presentation were: Temperas, a group of subtle brights that include marigold, berry, turquoise and black olive; Glazes, a selection of midtone levels such as azure and redwood; Inks, an intense group of rich, formal colors such as mallard, bleu, espresso and garnet; Acrylics, the most visual of the groups featuring both base and accent as interchangeable colors that include camel, mink, brass, tarnished gold and lacquer; and Tints, which is a sophisticated pale story featuring warm cast colors such as sand, taupe, buttercream and sky.

Siewert called the Inks group the most directional, thanks to the dark, sophisticated palette. “They make great textures,” he said. The Acrylics group, he added, was also key, with strong pinks and clear reds that mixed well with neutrals.

“It’s a real preppy mix,” he said, “but a bit more sophisticated.”

The presentation also included fabric direction. The three groups were Luxury, Sportive and Eclectic.

For Luxury, elements of refined tailoring and luster surfaces were highlighted and added a crisp hand without adding weight. “Here, subtle pattern play is seen in taffeta weaves,” noted Siewert. Also important were fabrics that featured a “fluid hand with double-face effects for contrast.”

Sportive, meanwhile, included traditional knits with fluid hands and subtle pattern plays. “Stretch is also added for a body-tracing fit,” he said. Two examples include classic stripes on jersey knit and a sophisticated tonal, allover pattern with a shimmery surface.

The Eclectic group, added Siewert, is all about “visual textures and patterns that offset plain weaves and allow for weightless dimensional effects.” Three examples here were a ribbon knit in a tonal colorway, a decorative lace-inspired knit and an allover dimensional floral that features a contrast between matte and sheen.

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