Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Something old, something new, lots of neutrals and some orange & blue.

This past weekend I went home to Texas as a little birthday present, and it was a much needed visit. I decided to briefly interview one of my friends, Kaidon Ho, who is a senior at the University of Texas for Fashion Design, about what his ideas for colour trends currently and for the rest of the year are. Sometimes a point of view from another angle aside from the eyes of a New Yorker can be quite interesting.

His answers were quick and to the point: "Of course the neutrals, and orange and blues and greens. It's like colours that complement neutrals."

I had been noticing a lot of neutrals quite often as well, not only on runway but on the streets and in the hallways of Parsons, and even in big stores' campaigns such as H&M's "Conscious Collection" that they did for the spring of this year; it was based on the concept of sustainability but I remember the colour scheme (or lack thereof?) being one of the first things I noticed when walking into the store in May before I went back to Texas for the summer.

Kaidon comes to New York for spring and fall fashion weeks and interns for various designers. On colour schemes for some of the shows he worked this fall, Kaidon said "for Timo [Weiland there was] orange, blues, greens, neutrals and red. For Lela [Rose], yellow, grey, white, orange, and blue."

Neutrality seems to be an uprising of sorts in regards to many current events, and fashion provides an outlet for many issues, especially with the impact that the youth and street culture have on the industry.
Maybe we're all slightly shifting towards neutrality, with a bit of colour to complement just how neutral we want to become.

Here are some notable looks from S/S 2012 that show the popularity and execution of neutrals combining with complementary tones, particularly orange and blue:

I have a few photos that I've taken also that convey the idea of this "new neutral":
On the street in Meatpacking District, and the shoes of Karen Dietshe, a professor at Parsons the New School for Design.

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