Color and pattern come together for Spring 2015 in unexpected combinations. A dynamic duo, this modern pair takes a little from ‘60s shapes and a little from ‘70s color mixes. Rainbow brights and kaleidoscope prints collide, often grounded with black or white. This trend was evident at both modernist designers and more classic houses, perhaps taking some cues from MOMA’s Matisse Exhibit – The Cut Outs. Spare minimalist shapes – shifts, structured jackets and sweaters – are refreshed with bold graphic pattern including oversized zig zags to bold stripes, in unexpected colorations and fabrications.
While you may not choose to wear the look head to toe, color and pattern are instant spring updates and, an element of the trend – a sweater, a coat, a piece of jewelry or a handbag – will put all on notice that there’s a new girl in town this spring and she’s going bold.
The Essentials- Ready to Wear
Shape: Mostly modern, with a hint of the ‘60s and ‘70s, structured shifts in above the knee lengths, shapely bonded sweaters with detailing and zipped backs, cropped collarless cardigan jackets, high rise narrow pants.
Coloration: Black and white, color plus black and white, both primary colorations – red, yellow, royal, Kelly green – and new offbeat pales and midtones aqua, strawberry, tangerine – as well as sophisticated darks – golden rod, marsala and custard – in multi pairings.
Fabric: Structured silks and silk/cotton blends with body, open work leather, both matte and shiny, wet look and patent leather, new tech tweedy knits, often with patch pockets or openwork detailing, jersey both matte and shiny, tech savvy viscose blends.
Pattern: Stripes of all sort – bias, wide, narrow, off center and awning – zig zag, herringbone and rainbow patterns, ombre effects from light to dark, midtone to dark.
Details: Cut outs, mesh and netting accents, zig zag stitching, bold contrast colored zippers, piping, seaming, lacing, a touch of tech and sport influences, snap closures.
The Essentials – Accessories
Jewelry: Modern feel- Druzy gemstones with a touch of shine, black and white onyx, green blue and red quartz, paired with white diamonds, amethyst, citrine, resin with sterling silver, mixed metals – silver with gold, boldly colored aluminum, blue cobalt set with diamonds, stainless steel, enamel with gold plated metal in bold, often geometrically shaped, drop earrings, pendants, collars, bangles to stack and boldly designed statement rings.
Handbags: Sculpted shapes, both round and oval, square boxes, leather and vinyl backpacks with pattern, fold over clutches with bias or rainbow stripes, plastic links and charms, nylon or cotton webbing.
Sunglasses: Oversized aviator styles with silver metallic or colored metallic lenses, big square shapes in bold colors, black and white plastic shapes with temple treatments.
Footwear: Often athletic inspired and flat or on chunky and shaped heels – Birkenstock style stage II – new sculptural shaped heels, zig zag patterns, elastic banding, criss cross straps, Velcro closure, webbing details.