The Fall season always presents textures in various forms and this season was no different. Fall 2011 focuses on several textures, surface treatments and innovative fabrications that go along with the season’s splendor.
- SEQUINS is coming back strong for the Fall 2011 season seen on every type of garment down the runway and used magnificently in all categories of accessories. Colored sequins are key with some of the season’s top designers using this fabrication. Rodarte had a Wizard of Oz moment while Dolce and Gabbana presented sequins tuxedo jackets and all over sequins dresses. Even more altruistic designers such as Dries Van Noten got on board, combining sequins with multiple prints to create one of the best dresses of the season. Long maxi sequins dresses were spotted as well as sequins cropped trousers and enough sequins shoes to make Dorothy jealous. SEQUINS will be a big hit in the Junior market as it is easy and costly to produce and all the girls love some sparkle. This fabrication will be a hit for the Holiday season in party dresses, blazers and accessories accenting a bright palette of pink, orange, red and green. The Interiors market should look at sequins for accessories as an accent in pillows for a fun and colorful accent to modern decor.
- PAILLETTES also made their mark this season with top designers Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada showcasing the oversized circular trim on skirts, jackets and coats for this season’s fabric innovation. Other designers used paillettes as a trim on dresses while Stella McCartney showed a beautiful esoteric version in spaced white paillettes backed with translucent fabric. This type of advanced texture will be less common in translation and will be interpreted by only the brave ones.
- SATIN started to make a mark this Spring season as fabrications became silkier and sexier inline with the 1970′s trend. This trend continues for Fall and expands into footwear and handbags. Again, satin was seen in Fall’s bright palette and was combined with other fabrications for an update. Alexander Wang used satin in combination with felted wool in his take on the Fall anorak. Lanvin sent out a marvelous bevy of girls in bright satin dresses and Jil Sander and Givenchy used the fabrication throughout their show. Always innovative, Karl Lagerfeld used satin as a lining in Chanel’s trousers juxtapositioning tough and luxe elements. Expect to see SATIN combined with more casual fabrications for an modern update and focused on a vibrant palette for appeal. The Interiors market should look to this fabrication as an inspiration for wall coverings and surface finish as well as a luxe element within bedding and furniture accents.
- METALLICS seem to always be around and this season was no different. Leathers and heavier textured fabrications were treated with metallics which is what makes this trend new again. Stella McCartney’s gold metallic oversized shift dress is the best example of this trend and I expect to see this design translated in the market from several different retailers. Balmain had a huge showing of colored and gold metallics used in blazers and cropped trousers while Marc Jacobs focused on silver metallic in his collection. Some amazing shoes and handbags were spotted that we can’t wait to get our hands on combining silver and gold for a futuristic vibe. For Interiors, the combination of silver and gold metals is key. Look for designers to produce out of the ordinary colored metals for lamps, tables and art. Metallics within a neutral setting are classic, sexy and modern.
- TEXTURED FUR was one of the biggest trends in outerwear and accessories this season. From monkey fur to mongolian and various altered textures, big textured furs are all the rage. Gucci showed vibrant variations within their spectacular collection while Giambattista Valli focused on black and white combinations. Ann Demeulemeester took a Gothic spin and Balmain and Bottega Veneta focused on chunky colored versions. This type of fur is great for translation into other markets as inexpensive faux versions. Interiors will look to this for accessories, rugs and bedding channeling 1970′s luxe and Tribal appeal. The wild Tribal feel of these furs is a trend that will continue into 2012 with these type of textures channeling raw appeal and creating exaggerated shapes that will become dominant in 2012.
- QUILTING was a big theme for Chanel this season seen within all in one jumpsuits and jackets for his Apocolypic collection. Thakoon, Ralph Lauren, Alexander Wang and Sonia Rykiel also used quilting within this season’s hottest outerwear: parkas. Quilting is used for shape and dimension and goes along with Fall’s exaggerated shapes.