It looks like Black is Back; But what does that say for the current state of fashion? Does it offer insight into our turbulent retail environment? One thing is for sure, at 1st look New York's Palette for Fall 2010 could be described as, SAFE. Since color tends to run in cycles I wasn't that surprised to see a more jewelish color perspective this season. Clearly New York was keeping buyers in mind.
(what goes with black, everything! especially pops of color)
With that being said, it wasn't exactly business as usual in regards to color... When Lacoste starts the show off with neutrals and grey you know something is different!
Color was pretty consistent across the board, with a few variations but not many. Direct! GREY, was the message, followed by Black and then Finally Neutrals. To add some life and play Designers chose to dabble in Yellow-Golds, Dark Reds, Burnt Oranges, Smoke-Gas Blues, and a few designers like Rodarte, DVF and Fetherston went for some blush tones and pinks.
Designers grounded this season collections with a sea of rich Black. Offering contrasting textures in the form of fur, leather, heavy weight silks and flannel. This added interest to the cleaner, tailored, slightly more minimal runways. Designers like Vera Wang, The Row, and Zero are worth mention.
Enter a play on neutrals; A mark on every runway was hints of warm + soft Camel tones. Highlighted as comfortable knits or more structured outerwear pieces. Alongside Camel were a few surprising shades of Soft Creams and Nudes. See Rodarte and Rachel Comey...
Grey Daze! Again Grey is the power player this season. Holding strong as a main replacement for the ever present black. Designers really expounded on the versatility of grey offering Charcoals and Ash to more subtle shades of Cloud and cooler Storms. Whatever the shade, Grey felt warm in knits from Rag & Bone, 3.1, and TSE...
Jewelish inspirations; From the colorful constellation prints @ Ruffian to the alchemy age of Three as Four; color came from different places this season, yet the choices are remarkably similar. Bright Rusts, Mod Maragolds, and Periwinkle Petrol Popped on the runways this season. Slight hints of plum also noted, but not as strong as the dark-dryed Crimson!
Over all I found it interesting, Layer, mix-tones of the same hue, and Color-block! It will be very intertesting to see what stylist and photogs come up with!
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