An amazing situation exists now that has never before existed: Women now have two completely different trend paths available in color and pattern for the very same season.
Of course, for FW2017 womenswear, many designers are on the same wavelength about color and pattern. But now that some houses show menswear and womenswear together in one location at season’s start, a different trend path has arisen. For those designers, the looks for men and women in one show follow parallel visual directives to communicate with each other on the runway, following trends seen in menswear. And they are completely different trends from FW2017 womenswear.
In fashion, like in a painting, hue relationships, intensity and value contrasts work together in a composition, providing balance and unity. Value contrasts, one of the most valuable color tools, can suppress one area to enhance another, and move the eye around an outfit. The designer decides the direction. Transcendence occurs when everything works together and we can’t take our eyes off the outfit. In FW2017, a few designers have achieved it.
Old school patterns such as plaids and camouflage can be so… old school. But they don’t have to be. Several design elements inherent to plaids can be altered for a completely different look.
If you work in Fashion, you no doubt have come across tech packs, which are informative documents that you create to communicate with a manufacturer all the necessary components needed to construct a product.
Patterns are back! Did they even go away? More than merely a current trend or style meme, patterns are an essential piece of the color narrative in menswear FW2017. The best collections use patterns as another color, weaving several garments of different colors together for each color story.