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As well as searching for the latest in graduate talent, our Colour and Trend Consultant Hannah Malein presented the ‘Key Colour and Material Trends for Spring Summer 2014’ forecast at New Designers Part 1 last week. Visitors and exhibitors alike packed into the seminar theatre to hear our inspirational seminar detailing the coming season, inspired by Mix Trends 26.
Beginning with a seasonal overview, Hannah explained the drivers for the season; from the shift in economic power, our new visions in luxury to the hyppereal qualities brought on by merging of seasons. She then showed the impact this has on our colour choices, viewing the colours altogether highlights key groups or emerging areas; as seasons begin to blur, we see a stronger saturation in colour for the Summer season, whilst greens continue to build in importance through 2014.
The colour trend stories discussed within the forecast were Veil, Burst, Phase and Ping. A story of magic and mystery, Veil is a cloak of protection from the outside world. It’s an almost dreamlike state, with moody and ethereal aesthetics Veil plays with darks and lights, punctuated with a cobalt blue and copper metallic. Burst celebrates nature’s new shoots, and a positive revival for the future. It’s a dynamic play of natural and synthetic materials, paired with bright spectrum of greens and aqua hues for an uplifting and invigorating feel.
Although by definition a phase cannot be timeless, the aesthetics of the late 20’s and 30’s seem equally relevant in our pared down nostalgia. An authentic story of the best of design, Phase picks up on Art Deco details and vintage inspired palette of mustards, blues and salmon, updated with saturated brights. Finally, taking inspiration from Asian pop culture, Ping explores a new optimistic attitude in a palette of sweet pastel hues.