Autumn / Winter 2011; Textile Colour Trends

It’s time to gaze into the crystal ball and take a look at the colour trends that will sit as a part of autumn / fall fashion trends. Understandably what we’re seeing so far is largely aspirational: a year’s colour trends are always less about particular styles and more about evoking the imagination.

Read on for more.

fall 2011 colors

Fall 2011 Textile Colour Trends

These textile trends come from Spin Expo, an international trade fair for yarns, fibres, knitwear and knitted fabrics that is held in both New York and Shanghai. They’ve picked and described the topical / thematic colour trends for autumn / fall 2011 textiles as follows:

Time to play

An energising palette of clear whitened winter greens, dusted with modern brights and a dark purple.

The exploration of ‘self’ through playfulness, and activity. Making time to have fun, experiment and be ever changing.

Sport is re-invented through a new sense of colour making it merge seamlessly with everyday life.

Looking at culture for the techno age generation who are easily bored and in need of constant stimulation.

  • Natural and synthetic of equal importance
  • Drape, fluidity and movement
  • Compact, dense and peached
  • Polished sheen achieved by fibre choice or mercerising
  • Yarns and fabrics that can perform and energise
  • Technical finishes and new innovations
  • Stretch and movement
  • Graphic plays of colour and pattern
  • Fresh stripes
  • Simple micro textures
  • Iridescent glow and rich lustre

The colours for this theme:

fall 2011 color

Colours: dawn blue, blackberry cordial, calypso cordial, mineral green, porcelain, mustard gold, amazon, apple green, mallard green, rifle green

Time to escape

A powdered level of colours using pinkish taupes, warm copper and soft browns, enriched by deep rose and blue grey.

A sense of protection is swathed in discreet luxury, enhanced by subtle beauty searching for a new perfection.

A rough, raw dimension that hints at femininity with natural charm, rustic yet delicate, wild yet precious.

A time to luxuriate in our own space, relaxation time, making time to improve, beautify and rejuvenate.

  • Powdery finishes
  • Soft shimmer and lustre
  • Diffused surfaces through hair and brushing
  • Feathery, twisted and ruffled
  • Smooth luxurious shine
  • Burnished metallics
  • Warm soft textures
  • Broken surfaces with a natural patina
  • Delicate sheer textures and transparent looks
  • Layering from fine to very chunky
  • Extreme exaggerated stitches
  • Blurred and subtlety broken plays on colour

The colours for this theme:

fall 2011 color

Colours: cream tan, copper, burlwood, chateau rose, desert sand, beet red, incense, whitecap gray, lead, bracken

Time to explore

Rich, saturated levels of colour in warm tones of russet orange, strong reds, golds and bronzes contrasted by vibrant teal and pinks, all merged together to give a moody, painterly dimension.

Making time to explore our own creativity and explore new ideas, looking at art activities such as painting, printing and crafts, but reinventing them in a futuristic way.

Expressing our own individuality by making good use of our hands and enjoying embellishing, enhancing and creating new looks in a modern way.

Finding time to create our own identity through freedom of spirit.

  • Appearances are deceptive with handmade or rough looks, but with a soft to the touch feel
  • Lots of surface interest
  • Novelty textures and novelty fibre blends
  • Volume and rounded looks
  • Hairy and raised surfaces
  • Rich vibrant gold and metallics
  • Velvety looks and touch
  • Multi colour effects in neps and marls
  • Printing and hand painting
  • Chunky but weightless
  • Irregular textures
  • Boiled and compact
  • Rich bold use of pattern and colour

The colours for this theme:

fall 2011 color
Colours: chili pepper, beeswax, boysenberry, buckthorn brown, molten lava, seaport, beetroot purple, fuchsia red, partridge, decadent chocolate

Time to shine

Mysteriously deep and intense shades of inky blues, greys and blacks through to futuristic purples from dark to light. Shimmering yet burnished highlights of silver and gold offer decorative relief.

A time to visit an era when things were special, cherished and refined, yet reconstruct it into the future to make it relevant to modern life.

Combining a decorative legacy of the past with a streamlined futuristic vision enhanced by technology.

A time to find exquisite beauty and perfection by looking at decorative form and modern adornment. Creating drama and intrigue, desire and satisfaction. Regaining our status to face the modern world.

  • Fine, threadlike counts, highly twisted
  • Polished surfaces from bright shine to subtle sheens
  • Sparkle of all kinds
  • Burnished and aged metallics
  • Fur and plush looks
  • Feathery effects
  • Rich velvety finishes
  • Lace and ruffles
  • Aged appearances
  • Silky drape and fluid looks
  • Subtle crinkle surfaces and delicate textures
  • Extreme softness and lustre
  • Exquisite embellishment and jewels used with finesse

The colours for this theme:

fall 2011 color

Colours: lily white, pewter, orchid hush, peacoat, heron, surf the web, true navy, gothic grape, champagne, jet black

Source: Fashionising.com by Daniel P Dykes

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