FORECASTTranslating today's influences into tomorrow's fashion
Taking pride in the idea of creation and innovation, the winter of 2015 will be a season of global celebration. Graduating from a hard hitting recession, to a summer which believed in exploration and restoring what felt lost, we will evolve into a season of total rediscovery. The community will find new methods of making a product, a notch higher than cheap industrialisation, based on the mind and hand bringing into picture − skill, people and quality.
Craft and technology together will be well tried and well accepted notions that will form a new foundation of our day to day life. The ‘cloud’ age will connect the world in ways which are exhilarating to imagine and the planet will become smaller than ever. Long gone ideas will reemerge to form new ones, and conversing with the green of nature will be of utmost importance. In all, from a recent time where we were discovering different media of art and using them as only as an expression to be noticed, we will evolve into a time where society would be investing in such ideas, and the price will be paid for by the ethereal value of a product.
Inspiration influences and fashions the mundane into the exotic, or makes what‘s beautiful, even more beautiful. It is the driving force behind the budding of new creations at the beginning of all fashion seasons. Inspiration can be drawn from the most unexpected places in the heart… from unexplored regions of the mind… from the most mundane of things… from technological advancements… from travel to new places… from the vagaries of Nature… from nostalgic memories of the glorious fashionable past…from a futuristic projection….from all that’s beautiful and exotic… and from all that’s dark and mysterious. The list is unending, and the end result is often the creation of something that is breathtakingly unique. No wonder then that the fashion world waits in anticipation as the new season unfolds.
The field of colour psychology attempts to identify the effect of colour on human emotion and activity. Colour is used for communicating action (think traffic lights) and influencing mood. It has different associations in different countries and cultures. It is the catalyst that can add spark to a space or impact its ambience. The concept of colour psychology is applied in art, design, marketing and branding, and in many other areas. In fashion, colour trends change with the season, influencing and inspiring unique creations. Colour forecasts much ahead of the season help designers make the right choices as using the right colours is critical to the success of their creations. We present here the colour forecast for Autumn/Winter 2015/16 and for Spring/Summer 2016.
Taking pride in the idea of creation and innovation, the autum/winter of 2015-‘16 will be a season of global celebration. Adapting and moving ahead from a summer which believed in exploring and restoring what felt lost, we will evolve into a season of total rediscovery. And in the quest of doing the same, we will find new methods of making a product, taking the amalgamation of hand and machine made a notch higher, and bringing into focus skill in the creation and quality of fabric, craft, and technological imprints. Yarns with transparency, plastic-feel, luster and smooth surface hint at the futuristic sci-fi clothing genre, while geometric woven patterns, cable knit manipulations, multi color weaves, and an array of braided effects together bring out the true essence of this winter,s folk fantasy.
The international runway reports are carefully consolidated and put together after reviewing the runway shows of the top fashion capitals in the world- New York, London, Milan, Paris and Miami for Swimwear. There are themes, general looks, silhouettes, prints, colours and detail trends that are picked out, separately for womenswear by analyzing all the shows, keeping the best-selling and most popular trends of the season in mind.
The menswear show for spring summer 2015 revolved around London’s mix of tradition and contemporary designs to a sober tour in Milan, to a complete rock fest at our final destination of Paris. For womenswear, it was all about dialing back to the 70’s. The cities gave a choice between disco and Woodstock bohemia in their own distinct ways.
In this season, the denim offering is wide and qualitative: selvedge denim for purists, power stretch for trendsetters, washed-out effect for the 70s wind blowing around the fashion world, and eco-friendly for green and ethical brands. Little did one know that the fabric would ingratiate itself in the mainstream so decidedly as to become the uniform of generations post the 80s. Irrespective of whether you belong in the 1% or the 99, your age bracket or your cultivated tastes, denim has been part of everyone’s wardrobe.
It’s a 60 billion dollar market for retailers alone and designers are keen to partake a piece of this massive pie. It helps that the fabric is the ‘people pleaser’ – it will readily turn into anything one likes. Numerous innovations and fabric infusions such as khadi-denim, silk- denim, 3D textures and laser and ozone finishes change its face beyond comprehension, and this, once street-style, turns sophisticated enough to form a cocktail dress.
Global Runway Report
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day and Lo! And behold, it’s an entirely new season. A healthy mix of what we saw and what we liked on the international runways for men and women, this season brings a plethora of new trends.
Denim was big last season and it keeps going from strength to strength. A big hit in both the female and male wardrobe, you will see it reinterpreted a million ways on everything from lighter mixed denim fabric on dresses to hardcore 70s denim jackets with the super metallic buttons as a nostalgic throwback. The humble man’s fabric is now high fashion, perfectly coinciding with the onset of the 70s revival. The 70s were barely out of style for the blink of an eye and they are back again with the fringes and the flares and the evergreen Woodstock/Coachella mood.
The Couture show is a fantasy land, an artist’s playground. It doesn’t have to make sense, rationally or economically. It is the opportunity for a designer to show off his technical skills as well as push the limits of his imagination. Like art, it follows the highest bidder philosophy and little wonder then, that the home base for this is Paris.
For a fashion expert/enthusiast, it’s an event like no other fashion week will ever be. This is where the experts come out to play, and if you are provided a peek in the haloed circle, the clothes leave you agog. They go beyond the definition of mere covering and are as magnificent on the inside as they are on the outside.
A true bespoke experience, it is fussed over by the best tailors, embroiders and seamstresses over painstaking hours to provide the highest quality. New ideas are born; ironically in this archaic tradition of couture houses being restricted by the rules of Syndicale de la Haute Couture, concepts come alive that have lasting impacts over decades.