Fall 2011 colour trends: Autumn / Winter 2011

It’s time to gaze into the crystal ball and take a look at the colour trends that will sit as a part of autumn / fall 2011 fashion trends. Understandably what we’re seeing so far is largely aspirational: a year’s colour trends are always less about particular styles and more about evoking the imagination.

This list of autumn / fall 2011 colour trends will be updated as the season nears – to find out every time that occurs subscribe to Fashionising.com’s newsletter or RSS feed.

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Fall 2011 clothing color trends

These particular autumn (fall) / winter 2011 colour trends come from Design Options, a trend forecasting company from Southern California. As such they’re heavily influenced by that part of the world, and it won’t be until closer to the season that Fashionising.com can provide you with a look at some of the year’s global colour trends.

As Design Options see it, fall winter 2011 will have six distinctive colour trends:

Nu Vogue

Avant-garde and prevailing chic. Bronze tones of state of the art style flirt endlessly with bold confidence. Olive yarns mixed with shades of pale goldenrod give knits an alluring appeal.

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Urban Romance

A tale of metropolitan melodrama. Midnight blue and silver, grey shades of cultural diversity and cosmopolitan give textured stitching equilibrium and charm. Memoirs of city nostalgia.

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Edge of Night

Beyond the limits of darkness. Mysterious shades of forest green and plum amplify sequined edges and ruffled chiffon. Deep violet shades of exuberance ring a call of precision to manipulated, silken yarn. Silver finishes give luxuriant motifs added ingenuity.

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Fill Seeker

The pursuit of extravagant ornamentation. Luscious shades of hot pink intertwine majestically within bastiste and silken silhouettes. Burnt orange tones of superfluity fuse methodically on a canvas of raschel knit.

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Moonstruck

Spellbound and romantically sensual. Greenish yellow tones of nostalgia fuse rhythmically with bold saturations of aquamarine and dark sienna. Copper flecks of bedazzled resonate with splendid vivacity amidst soft patterns of royal blue velvet.

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Fall 2011 textile color trends

It’s not just full clothing pieces that a year’s color trends affect, but also the very threads that each garment is made with. These textile trends come from Spin Expo, an international trade fair for yarns, fibres, knitwear and knitted fabrics that is held in both New York and Shanghai. They’ve picked and described the topical / thematic color trends for autumn / fall 2011 textiles, and you can find these themes below along with the Pantone color for each one.

Time to play

An energising palette of clear whitened winter greens, dusted with modern brights and a dark purple.

The exploration of ‘self’ through playfulness, and activity. Making time to have fun, experiment and be ever changing.

Sport is re-invented through a new sense of colour making it merge seamlessly with everyday life.

Looking at culture for the techno age generation who are easily bored and in need of constant stimulation.

  • Natural and synthetic of equal importance
  • Drape, fluidity and movement
  • Compact, dense and peached
  • Polished sheen achieved by fibre choice or mercerising
  • Yarns and fabrics that can perform and energise
  • Technical finishes and new innovations
  • Stretch and movement
  • Graphic plays of colour and pattern
  • Fresh stripes
  • Simple micro textures
  • Iridescent glow and rich lustre

The colours for this theme:

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Colours: dawn blue, blackberry cordial, calypso cordial, mineral green, porcelain, mustard gold, amazon, apple green, mallard green, rifle green

Time to escape

A powdered level of colours using pinkish taupes, warm copper and soft browns, enriched by deep rose and blue grey.

A sense of protection is swathed in discreet luxury, enhanced by subtle beauty searching for a new perfection.

A rough, raw dimension that hints at femininity with natural charm, rustic yet delicate, wild yet precious.

A time to luxuriate in our own space, relaxation time, making time to improve, beautify and rejuvenate.

  • Powdery finishes
  • Soft shimmer and lustre
  • Diffused surfaces through hair and brushing
  • Feathery, twisted and ruffled
  • Smooth luxurious shine
  • Burnished metallics
  • Warm soft textures
  • Broken surfaces with a natural patina
  • Delicate sheer textures and transparent looks
  • Layering from fine to very chunky
  • Extreme exaggerated stitches
  • Blurred and subtlety broken plays on colour

The colours for this theme:

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Colours: cream tan, copper, burlwood, chateau rose, desert sand, beet red, incense, whitecap gray, lead, bracken

Time to explore

Rich, saturated levels of colour in warm tones of russet orange, strong reds, golds and bronzes contrasted by vibrant teal and pinks, all merged together to give a moody, painterly dimension.

Making time to explore our own creativity and explore new ideas, looking at art activities such as painting, printing and crafts, but reinventing them in a futuristic way.

Expressing our own individuality by making good use of our hands and enjoying embellishing, enhancing and creating new looks in a modern way.

Finding time to create our own identity through freedom of spirit.

  • Appearances are deceptive with handmade or rough looks, but with a soft to the touch feel
  • Lots of surface interest
  • Novelty textures and novelty fibre blends
  • Volume and rounded looks
  • Hairy and raised surfaces
  • Rich vibrant gold and metallics
  • Velvety looks and touch
  • Multi colour effects in neps and marls
  • Printing and hand painting
  • Chunky but weightless
  • Irregular textures
  • Boiled and compact
  • Rich bold use of pattern and colour

The colours for this theme:

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Colours: chili pepper, beeswax, boysenberry, buckthorn brown, molten lava, seaport, beetroot purple, fuchsia red, partridge, decadent chocolate

Time to shine

Mysteriously deep and intense shades of inky blues, greys and blacks through to futuristic purples from dark to light. Shimmering yet burnished highlights of silver and gold offer decorative relief.

A time to visit an era when things were special, cherished and refined, yet reconstruct it into the future to make it relevant to modern life.

Combining a decorative legacy of the past with a streamlined futuristic vision enhanced by technology.

A time to find exquisite beauty and perfection by looking at decorative form and modern adornment. Creating drama and intrigue, desire and satisfaction. Regaining our status to face the modern world.

  • Fine, threadlike counts, highly twisted
  • Polished surfaces from bright shine to subtle sheens
  • Sparkle of all kinds
  • Burnished and aged metallics
  • Fur and plush looks
  • Feathery effects
  • Rich velvety finishes
  • Lace and ruffles
  • Aged appearances
  • Silky drape and fluid looks
  • Subtle crinkle surfaces and delicate textures
  • Extreme softness and lustre
  • Exquisite embellishment and jewels used with finesse

The colours for this theme:

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Colours: lily white, pewter, orchid hush, peacoat, heron, surf the web, true navy, gothic grape, champagne, jet black

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