Key Fashion Colour Trends
for Spring and Summer 2008
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Colour Trends for Spring 2008
The trend in spring 2008 is for fresh, clear fashion colours.
I'll be describing each main colour group of importance.
You can also see 2008 colour mood boards as PowerPoint
presentations on another page. Pure bluebell is a colour trend likely to grow in strength
as the year progresses. Indeed, blue is back on the fashion colour palette and with a vengeance.
In 2008, new fashion colours for spring are bright and clear like these shown here. We can have polychromatic fashion wardrobes with for example, citrus tones of lemon, chartreuse lime,
mandarin orange, daffodil, peach and pomegranate red. These are all strongly represented as coming colour trends. Bluebell, lilac and purples add cool jolts of colour amid a
monochrome fashion palette. Traditional black with white, nautical navy or creamy ecru set against white, are the easy alternative classic schemes to such brilliant colour bursts.
Some find such vivid radiance jarring, but why reject colour? For the summer of 2008, be eager to embrace pops of colour by selecting the tones that suit you. But think, and shop
wisely, before you buy the hottest fashion colours. Consider how just one or two shades removed from the hue on the shop rack may suit your skin tone better. Some colours will make
you look sallow, whilst others will make you look and feel fresh and clear skinned.
This spring and summer of 2008 you will notice how important
blue has become as a fashion colour.
Blue is also an important colour trend in home interiors with Wedgwood's jasper blue
and related tonal blue pastels also gaining ground. These blues
below are very much of the moment.
The pure lapis lazuli base of the ultramarine blue turban wrap in Vermeer's 'Girl With A Pearl Earring' is a testimony to the powerful beauty of this intense blue.
For some, this blue tone may well be too strong, too vivid and too
electric. Yet if you add a touch of white to ultramarine makes a
softer tint. Fabric in that tone of whitened, lighter blue
may be perfect for you.
simple test is to hold the garment against you with a mirror.
is ultramarine a fashion colour that makes your skin look harsh and aged
against such colourful
boldness. Or, do you see a winning uplifted vibrant reflection
ready to woo the world. If a colour looks too strident against your skin colouring, find a colour that
reflects the special you. With so much colour on offer you
should be able to select a satisfactory blue tone with ease.
trend for blue has been slowly growing. Blue is back on the
fashion colour palette and with a vengeance.
manufacturers have worked on spring's electric blues to produce
a wide range of attractive tones. Royal
blue is used for fashion parkas and jackets. This year the
blue hues have taken off, and even if it is not your favourite
colour a blue chambray shirt is a seasonal must-have for Spring
Above - Images left and centre courtesy of Oasis spring summer
2008 range of womenswear. Right - Warehouse jeans - Spring
Summer 2008 WARE-DENIM jeans £40, shoes £65, top £35.
Left - White trousers and denim toned blue blouse from Wallis Spring
There are strong bold
blues in the stores now as well as many greyed blues.
Notice how these examples right move from clear bluebell to
Soft pale blue denim is used for faded
jeans, yet just as available in denim wear is the deepest of
Triple images to the right are all courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana.
These reconstructed patchwork jeans are highly covetable as are
the traditional denim blue jeans far right.
D&G bags look rather snazzy too.
Jeans of every variety, colour and style are in a
mall near you, just waiting for a merger with your body shape.
Beware though of mixing the best washed out pale denims with
deeper dark denims. Choose pale or dark denim wear, but don't
mix the dark with light. For best pale effects let your jeans
naturally fade by washing them yourself to get that softness
only possible in the domestic environment.
The memorable blue of
the Aegean sea and of Santorini blue is hauntingly beautiful and
your wardrobe is sure to hold some blue fashion styles in 2008.
Kaftans have become even more popular as beach cover ups and
have usurped the sarong as fashionable beach wear. Of
course the Kaftan also acts a great relaxed, yet exotic, fashion
top to wear over jeans or pants.
Kaftans will be a big summer fashion trend of 2008. Think of
them lovingly in the same way you loved your old
Boho skirt. Kaftans in all colours and patterns are a great way to wear
strong colour, whether maxi, mini or short.
The high street fashion retailer
Monsoon has a terrific range of Kaftans for this spring and summer. These turquoise rich blue hues left
and in these New Look
patchwork shoes right, all recall Greek island seas
and illustrate the spirit of the blues for summer 2008.
Above left - Warehouse Ditsy print dress - Dress £45/70, bag
£28/45, sandals £30/45.
Centre left - Monsoon Spring/Summer 2008 Beach Pink-tucked
Centre - Warehouse Blue floral dress £70/110, belt £40/62,
Centre - Matalan Spring Summer 2008 Women's tie dye dress £16.
Far right - Monsoon Spring/Summer 2008 Fusion Aqua Rosemary bead
Right patchwork blue shoes from New Look collection Spring
Spring 2008 continues last autumn's theme of lilac, magenta and purple puce. The purple mauve tones have been a very strong fashion colour trend since 2007, and now there is a tonal merge
with orchid lilac to bluebell. Frequently the purple colour group is set against the hot pinks, cerise and softer pink orchid tones as in these fashion examples below.
Far left - Oasis Spring Summer 2008 Campaign - New fashion trend for fuller
skirts - white dress with full skirt and lilac print pattern.
Centre left - Marks and Spencer purple tunic dress and bag Spring Summer
Centre right - Spring Summer 2008 fashion trend of red and purple tunic dress from New
Right - Spotlight by Warehouse SS08 - Pink and white stripe 50's dress £75,
sunglasses £14/22, shoes £65/99.
Spring has a great colour palette with pinks
frequently mixing with other bold brights. Designers have
next to orange, coral, rose amethyst, purple and surprisingly,
lemon yellow or green. Since Ombre dip dyeing, tie dye and
painted fabrics are all the rage for Summer 2008. Merged dye colours
easily create fantastical colour schemes, which are often
enhanced with painterly watercolour effects.
All the warm colours show their lively brilliance, from
coral to soft peachy watermelon. By autumn, burnt tangerine will
emerge from the more delicate peach tone on offer this spring.
Far left - Freemans Spring Summer 2008 -1950's Prom Dress
- 65B0941 - £39, Orange T Bar sandals - 40E7811 - £49.
Above centre left - Watermelon orange devore sequin trim Kaftan
£45/72 Linea Womenswear Spring Summer 2008 at House of Fraser.
Right - Ombre dip dyed maxi dress - Spring Summer 2008
Collections from New Look
Fashion writers have tried to resist the importance of yellow
creeping back into the palette. Yellow is a tone you either love
or hate. My bet is that if you are fair you will love lemon and
The lemon yellow tones are mingling too with mustard, olive and
khaki greens. Think of the mixed citrus skin on a lemon
that veers toward lime.
Retailer details :-
Left - Lemon yellow dress from House of Fraser - Lemon
embroidered silk dress £265 Max Mara,2, teamed with wide black patent belt
£25/40 by Episode and also from House of Fraser Womenswear
range for Spring Summer
Centre left - Glam power from the Betty Barclay Collection
Spring/Summer 2008. This jacket in shimmering fashionable gold is
in a crushed look fabric. It makes an
exciting contrast to the casual parka shape with large collar,
drawstring and concealed pockets. Betty Barclay jacket in 100%
polyurethane, 50% cotton, 38% polyester, 12% metal - Style:
4380/2613 UK ₤260.00 IRL 345.00. 98% cotton, 2% Elastane
Trousers - style: 4137/2703 UK ₤60.00 IRL 75.00
Centre right - River Island Clothing Co. Ltd - 2008 Summer is
Coming Best Dresses £39.99.
Right - Cuff fashion trends at fashion-era.com - Wallis
Jewellery Spring Summer 2008 Jewellery - Plastic inlay wood
stretch bangles in aqua, lemon greens, white and black. £8/13.
Tribal fabrics are often brown based, but with jolts of added colour for
bands and straps. Creamy
coffee, taupe, silver grey and mole mixtures work well in tribal
mixes especially when teamed with bold trims of red or yellow,
bringing sunny heat to the latest 2008 print fabric designs.
These coffee cream colours easily blend with the dusty and
subtle orchid pinks of the spring summer 2008 fashion colour
palette. African folklore was the inspiration for the
Betty Barclay Savannah skirt design right.
This has been combined with a sleeveless fine-knit top with
positioned metallic print and a short Ύ-sleeve knitted cardigan.
Far right - Spring Summer 2008 Wallis Jewellery - Embellished
dark wooden bangle with gold sequins £12/20, studded bangle
£10/17, gold inlay bangle £15/24
Right - Savannah range from the Betty Barclay Collection
Cardigan in 52% cotton, 48% viscose - Style: 6798/0339 UK ₤60.00
Top in 95% cotton, 5% elastane - Style: 4743/0559 UK₤25.00 IRL
100% cotton Skirt - Style: 5759/2483 UK ₤65.00 IRL 90.00.
Belt in 68% viscose, 32% polyamide - Style: 6835/0338 UK ₤25.00
Bag - Style: 036/1898 UK ₤230.00 IRL 320.00
The palette for autumn 2008/9
has true autumnal hues with even richer depth. Take the fresher clearer
brights of spring summer 2008 to your heart right now. See
how easily they carry coming colour trends and mix with autumn 2008
hues. Overall, for Fall Winter 08/09, expect to see plenty of intense
velvety purple with blue depths found in the iris, and in the twinkle of
bluebell fields. Add black
or white to these main colours and see how the resultant dusty aubergine, and
the darkest rich plums, all play for attention.
We are surrounded by colour everywhere we look. Catwalk fashion colour affects every area of our lives. Even car manufacturers follow new colour trends. All the
time the car manufacturers are working on new paint tones. Right now they are working on popular car models in purple aubergine, silver mauve and blue hues. With huge costs at stake
these are carefully developed tints. Changes in fashion clothing colours fortunately move faster.
Fashion history shows that colour in clothing ensembles, was
just as important to generations hundreds of years
ago, as it is to us today. Jane Austen's heroines
favoured white muslin, but two centuries later women have warmed
to wearing fashion colours again. Women today, do
everything to make themselves look younger, and careful use of
colour helps to enhance their skin making
With the many man made methods of adding colour to materials in 2008, we
can select from thousands of tones. More importantly,
dye systems of 2008 can guarantee repeatable colours, so we can have
exactly the shade, or tint that a designer carefully selected. In the
early years of the millennium, texture and shimmer crept into
fashion fabrics and as a result our lives have become more sparkling and colourful. Now the
first fashion decade of the century, 'the noughties' in costume history terms, is
likely to close with strong pattern and bright colour.
In retrospect, it is clear that the natural vibrant hues found in
foodstuffs, flora and fauna have helped create the main
colour palettes of the noughties.
These are the top new fashion colours for Fashion Trends Spring Summer 2008.
Images courtesy of PRSHOTS, Monsoon, Wallis, House of
Fraser, New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse, Marks and Spencer,
Debenhams, Betty Barclay, Dolce and Gabbana, & Matalan.
Shoe image in header courtesy of New Look.
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