Color Directions for Spring/Summer 2013By Roseann Forde, owner, Fordecasting
Swatches below are Madeira color numbers forecasted for Spring/Summer 2013
Pale hues and pastels are key. The light, airy freshness of these colors personifies the spring/summer '13 season. They pair beautifully with each other, and serve as the perfect foil for brights. However, the news will be in the pairing of pales with classic neutrals--- white, shades of gray, tans and brown.
Serenity is the theme for tonalities of cool blue that range from a mere whisper to vivid royal and lush purple. Light citrine lends an element of surprise and serves as the perfect partner for any one of the featured colors. An ambiguous blue- cast grey and charcoal complete the range.
An array of seductive colors flatter both the body and face. This palette, which includes pretty colors ( such as pink, coral, lilacs and lavender along side rich berry tones) is often used for cosmetics as well as clothing. They enhance our appearance to the max so we look and feel more beautiful.
Vibrant colors never fail to attract the eye and command our attention. This palette is not only a perennial favorite for spring/summer dressing; it continues to grow in popularity for home decor as well. Interior designers are encouraging their clients to move away from "boring beige" and experiment with color. Brilliant colors serve to energize our bodies and elevate our mood.
As the global fashion director of women´s and men´s apparel for Invista (formerly DuPont), Roseann Forde researched trends at the retail level and attended runway shows and fabric fairs on both sides of the Atlantic. Every Spring and Fall, major color, fabric and silhouette forecasts were developed and presented by Roseann to the apparel, home and retail trades throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has worked with textile mills to assist them in the development of new fabrics and color palettes. Roseann’s colors are the official palette of the Direction show, held in New York three times a year. Roseann has acted in an advisory capacity to the National Football League, the automotive industry and to major retailers and apparel manufacturers throughout the country. Contact her via email at Roseannforde@aol.com.