Today’s color trend report comes from Le Cuir A Paris. This is our second color trend review for the spring – summer 2011 season. Just in case you’re not familiar with Le Cuir A Paris they’re a France based leather and fur trade fair that caters solely to textiles and fashion professionals. Additionally, it’s probably also worth noting that Le Cuir A Paris is part of the Premiere Vision exhibition that we referenced in our fall winter 2010 color trend review.
Similar to the Lenzing’s Spring-Summer 2011 Color Trend report Le Cuir A Paris also uses five different color palettes in their 2011 Spring-Summer Color Trend Report. But the similarities don’t end there; there are two more. One is the idea of using both hot and cold colors in the same color palette. The other is how similar Le Cuir A Paris’s 2011 spring and summer palettes look to Lenzing’s palettes.
For example, a comparison of Le Cuir A Paris’s Underwater Variation palette and Lenzing’s Abstractions palette reveals a striking level of resemblance between the types of colors found in the two palettes.
Unique to Le Cuir A Paris, however, is the degree to which they emphasize the color “white” in each of their palettes. All but one of their palettes was bleached or whitened with white undertones. The only color palette that didn’t use white was the Tropical Dramaturgy palette which is made up of autumn colors.
Of course, since autumn palettes display warm and burnt undertones to them it should come as no surprise that this was the palette that didn’t use white hues. Here are the Le Cuir A Paris’s spring summer 2011 color palettes:
The Archaic Garden palette reminds me of the colors that you’d most likely see on linen sheets. This is a cool summer palette and if you look closely at the colors you might notice that linen shirts and sheets often come in these colors. Often people tend to gravitate towards linen fabrics as well as calming colors during the summer.
What’s intriguing about the Water Variation palette is that at first glance these don’t appear to be spring colors; instead they display the type of muting that one would find on summer shades. However, the subtle hint that lets us know that this palette consists of aged spring colors is that although these colors aren’t bright they’re still water colors. Again, these aren’t your typical spring colors because even in nature you wouldn’t expect to see these hues except towards the very end of spring as summer approaches.
The most noticeable characteristic of the Tropical Dramaturgy palette is this palette’s overpowering color intensity. But equally noteworthy is that these colors almost look as if they’ve been mildly burned. If you look closely you’ll also notice dark blue undertones beneath each of this palette’s colors. This is another example of combining hot and cool colors.
The Enchanted Picnic is a classic spring palette. Notice how the pink in this palette is reminiscent of pink that you might find in Neapolitan ice cream. Additionally, each of the pinks and reds in this palette bring to mind flowers in full bloom; while the greens look as though they’d been soaked in water.
Shadowy Shores is another palette that exhibits both hot and cold qualities in that although it’s a summer palette it closely resembles a winter palette. However, the characteristic that this palette lacks in common with winter colors is the lack of stark contrast or crispness that is commonly found in winter colors. In fact, the smoothness of these colors is almost the exact opposite of the rigid contrast found in winter colors. Nonetheless, this palette displays an air of sophistication similar to the sophistication that winter colors possess.
In isolation this report doesn’t give us enough information to draw solid conclusions on what to expect this spring and summer. However, when viewed against the backdrop of Lenzing’s 2011 Spring-Summer Color Trend report the picture becomes very clear. The color and fashion theme for Spring/Summer 2011 is duality which could also be described as non-conformity.
Therefore between now and this fall expect to see more garment designs and colors that don’t fit neatly into pre-conceived notions of color and style. Likewise, the personal application of this idea would be to just go with the flow as it relates to your wardrobe’s color combinations… So this spring and summer if the hues that you choose don’t follow fashion conventions remember that you’re free to express yourself in whichever colors you choose. For example, if you’ve got a shirt with cool undertones that you’d like to wear with a pair of jeans that happen to have warm overtones don’t let convention slow you down.
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