Colours - Spring Summer Fashion Trends 2005
(Page Date Jan 2005)
Timid discreet colours are likely to be some
of the most loved, but there will be nothing timid about the bold statements
the clothes make. Colours are moving toward brighter, cleaner more
vivid tones and shades.
Colour trends for spring summer 2005 which
are expected to reach new rainbow heights include a coral toned flaming
geranium, nude flesh tones, every hue of blue to lavender lilacs, many
greens from light to dark and acids, plus the neutral white with white and
animal tribal earthy tones. Dark saturated blues may become as
popular as blacks have been, but black still continues as a strong feature
in many women's wardrobes.
Kiwi and watered lime, acid green, colours of
lime, chartreuse, sulphurous khaki green, catkin, apple green, mint green,
pistachio, lichen, fir green, moss, jade, gun metal copper green,
green.....and lots more green.....
'The return to nature look' will use fabrics
which are natural such as silk, cotton, hemp, ramie, linen and often showing
elements found in grey goods and yarn imperfections found in silks, but now
serving as a natural and desirable feature. Surface textural interest
will also be a focus. Raw rustic fabrics
with a vintage worn quality, mercerized cotton fabrics that are lustrous with
sheen, cotton piqués, thick yarn worked with thin yarn cotton materials,
pintuck pleated fabrics, denim edged in white lace, puckered seersuckers and
stone washed goods will be favourite fashions.
Linen will seem less popular in 2005 now that
it’s become ubiquitous and has lost some of its earlier cache. Very
lightweight tweeds remain fashionable and women adjust to new ways of
wearing them against fabrics such as chiffon and tulle. Fringing on tweed
hems will still be seen and merge with new twists such as crochet and
Collectors of vintage lace have long known
how wonderful old lace can enhance clothes. Now lace is reborn with such
variety available from sculptural guipure lace to delicate chantilly lace
used as in fills for panels on garments or as frills, flounces and ruffles. The newer metallic platinum look lace is as popular as palest pink, ivory,
cream and white lace. Many lace types look surprisingly different and modern
with their cellophane coatings.
Plastic cellophane style or thin golden
metallic coatings surface on the finest of materials from chiffon, voile,
lace and tulle.
For evening Spring Summer 2005, silk is the big
evening fabric along with lace and tulle for high end and couture garments. The colours are the softest of softest pastels with purple and pink still
showing big followings.
Rich embroidery, trimmings, beading of
spangles, rhinestones, crystal, metal on metal with effects that rival
Tutankhamen’s collar all encrust cuffs and collars. Cut out lace and silk
pieces reapplied as decorative elements on new fabrics.
The fabrics are some old favourites and
include chiffon, from imprecise torn chiffon fringes to being used pleated,
smocked and gathered or shaped into free forms such as organic trailing
decorative petals and leaves. It can also surprise and shock at other times,
as it is sometimes layered in colours with light over dark. Multi coloured
shading of organza layers is a similar story which means shimmer and
glistening under lights and texture enhancement when placed to contrast
against some of the wonderful slinky thin double faced satins.
By day silk crepe de chine sits beside duller
silks such as georgette, moss crepe and charmeuse.
Metallic fabric and knits are still strong
for spring summer 2005. Metallic finishes, often reptilian also make
sartorial statements amid bags and footwear. Metallic and shimmering
fabrics are a growing trend.
Striped textiles will be major force
particularly in knits and tops. More subtle checks and broken disrupted line
plaid varieties will emerge. Open stitching in fabrics and broken lines in
weaves means that many fabric will have sheer openness which is light and
loose in structure.
1950’s scenic poster prints and stylized
symbols of everyday 50s objects printed on textiles in graphic way.
Graphic signage such as newsprint imagery using media
to give the appearance of ink to
crayon to charcoal will be a favoured form of printed fabric. The
background fabric may have a surface that looks like any one of many paper
styles. It might be intended to look as vellum or might appear as a
grainy rough handmade paper for watercolour paints or even blotting paper or
parchment. The paper look which is fabric will be strong and will vary
from dull crepes to shiny oiled effects dependant on the paper being
Indian scarf prints and African art flower
forms or Inca geometrics make interesting decorative prints for cropped jackets and also for
coats which capture a sixties printed coat dress feel.
Ombre dyeing, targeted dip and tie dyeing
which places a pattern on a specific part of the garment all help create the
free thinking Bohemian and gypsy looks. Tie dyeing is ripe for a mass
revival and although manufacturers can produce spectacular looks using it
this is a craft people love to try out themselves. Suede will be an
unexpected surprise tie dyed choice
and batik effects are also used.
Embroidery is abundant on dress now and will
be even more in fashion trend terms this spring and summer 2005.
Varying from coarse and rustic to fine and delicate, to multi coloured wools
or silk threads to single tones of silver and often combined with beading or
sequins or other sparkle effects. Every variation is there and often
in skirts specifically intended for daytime, but which are perfect for
Traditional fair isle circular knitted yokes, Missoni style zigzags or
Argyle patterns make an interesting change from plain and textured knits. Remember garter stitch garments of a decade ago that replaced picture knits
and intarsia sweaters. Well after the zigzags and stripes of this
spring look next for jacquard and fair isle knitting both back on the
You'll probably be buying some once you see
Contrast colour schemes like pink and black, turquoise and browns, lime and
lilacs or rust and creams bring new vibrancy to knits. Accessorise
your knit cardigans with skinny belts or replace buttons with pearl or
diamante buttons for the latest fad.
Spencer style cardigans will be the knitwear
version of cropped jackets.
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