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Stahl forecasts colour trends in leather for A/W

Jul '09
Compared with Stahl's earlier poster and booklet with their exciting colour forecast for Autumn and Winter 2010 – 2011, the new “Leather & Technology Forecast” booklet adds glamour and glitz to the forecast for leather surfaces. As Winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, thoughts turn towards parties with friends, evenings at nightclubs, and visits to theatres and concerts. Much the same can be said for the Southern Hemisphere though with more than a hint of warm, sunny days in which to celebrate.

For the fashion conscious, thoughts turn not just to colour but also to the look of colour. What does it look like on classic smooth leather surfaces? What effect does the inclusion of metallic and ice-like effects have? And finally, what does colour look like on dramatic and theatrical surfaces?

The deep colours of history feature under the title “Nobility Code”. Surfaces are Satinised Aesthetics. Smooth gloss and matt effects contrast with pin stripes and crocodile effects to give a reminder of both past and present in Eastern Europe, and in the mansions and classic cars of the rich and famous. The young adults also have their part to play in presenting these fashion effects.

The Magical Oxidation surfaces featured in “Experimental Existentialism” will remind many people of a world of art deco, of geometrical shapes, of bright metallic effects and modern clothing designs that even look forward somewhat towards science fiction. Silver and gold stand out as eye-catching patterns and colours against darker shades, sometimes creating an added contrast of metallic against non-metallic.

Moving to the Far East, “Asian Fascination” is presented as a world of Lacquered Seduction, surfaces, strong reminders of the décor and furnishings that are the hallmark of Asian countries and island populations. From the high mountains, through countries and cosmopolitan cities where East meets West, and on to the islands linking Asia to Australia, there are a huge range of colours and surface effects that fascinate the eye wherever it looks.

Clothing, furnishings and décor all reflect the same thoughts. Many colours, effects and clothing shapes are reminiscent of the ethnic backgrounds of this area of the world. Others are in stark contrast and are clearly influenced by the West, though not entirely as there is still an oriental magic in their look.

Returning to the Mediterranean, “Smash of Styles” uses Hazardous Mixtures in effect that recreate past life where journeys to the Orient and the Caribbean were swashbuckling adventures. This is a world of Spanish galleons, guitars, and footwear that always stirs memories of history book pictures of these times. Memories of more recent times are evoked by the inevitable Italian Vespa and the young dressed as both rich and poor, a conflict that is still with us today.

If earlier groups tended to create feelings of being bounded by cities and community groups, much more freedom is gained in the “Forever Natural” world with its Wild Mutation surfaces. Here colours and surfaces bring us for the first time into the great outdoors. Is it the great expanse of Mid-West and Central America or the great mountain ranges scattered the world? The effects that appear on clothing, footwear and furniture reflect something of each. Colours and patterns are closely related classic and modern. And clothing trends seem to be able to move either way whilst being obviously “new”.

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