It's that time of year when I start to think about colours, shape and pattern for the new seasons. As an indie dyer and fibre artist these affect the way I approach my work... and it's always interesting to see how they come through to the high street, where most of us buy our clothes.
Normally I don't post this sort of thing on my blog, but as I already started following some local high street, knitwear trends last fall, I thought it might be nice to carry that through to projections for future seasons too.
Today I want to look at some trend information for Autumn/Winter 2011/12 & Spring 2012.
For the images and purposes of this blog post I’m going to refer to information readily available on the web. I will reference each source as we get to it.
Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2011/12 Colour – sourced from www.pantone.com/fall2011
Pantone suggest a cool palate punctuated with rich, luxurious colours.
Shaping and design details on knitwear and wovens fall into a few basic categories;
· Structure – Interesting pattern or stitch constructions taken to extreme to form interesting structure.
(designer Mark Fast)
· Lacy vs. chunky knits – From reversed thrum knits to obscure lacy patterning.
(designer Mark Fast)
· Graphic weave and knits – Using plains against graphic weave structures, there is a play on muted colours vs. bright and bold shades.
(designer Jonathan Suanders)
(designer Christopher Kane)
· Punctuating Colour – Wearing muted shades with one element of a bright or bold is key this season.
A good source of show information and the above pictures can be found at http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com/content/fashion_shows.html and http://www.firstview.com/index.php and http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/trends/2010-11-autumn-winter/trend-report---autumnwinter-2010-11/gallery
Spring 2012 Colour – predictions from http://www.pantone.com/downloads/support/FCR/PANTONE_FCR_Spring2012.pdf
Over the seasons I will follow these trends and see how they are reflected on the high street and also how I have reflected them in my fibre, tops and yarns.
Keep coming back to www.sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com for updates.