The New Neutrals, Women's Color Trends S/S 2016

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Early Indicator Trend. Amid all the fashion colors, pastels and darks making up the Spring/Summer 2016 palette, two directional neutrals stand out for the womenswear wardrobe, say the trend experts at Trendstop. Understated yet elegant, Quartz Gray and Oyster Pink both offer versatile shades for new season collections.

Directional Grey

image courtesy Trendstop: Fendi, Alexander Wang, Christian Dior, all Spring/Summer 2014, WHIT, Ditte Isager.

A soft, barely-there shade of Quartz Gray has been highlighted as a key neutral for the new Spring/Summer season. Simple dresses look romantic with sheer fabrics at Fendi, while Alexander Wang’s patent chunky sole shoes make a modern statement. Elsewhere, Christian Dior demonstrates a fresh update on a vintage look with satiny pleats on a midi skirt.

Junior & Contemporary Applications

image courtesy Trendstop: Roberto Cavalli, Parkchoonmoo, both Spring/Summer 2014, Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham from Patternity, Thakoon.

This color is ideal for Junior and Contemporary Market collections, lending a clean, chic dimension to apparel and accessories alike. Roberto Cavalli opts for ethnic elegance with a tasseled and beaded dress, as Parkchoonmoo mixes matte and shine on a pair of peep-toe booties. Thakoon’s fluid tailored pants appeal with a luxe tactility.

Understated Nude Pink

image courtesy Trendstop: Mulberry, Christopher Kane, Karen Walker, all Spring/Summer 2014, Kim Kyung Soo at Galerie Paris.

This creamy nude pink resonates with a hint of 40’s-style glamour, lending a feminine finish to products. Mulberry’s tonal striped ensemble feels elegantly summery, while Christopher Kane adds interest to a simple, demure two-piece with foil trim cut-outs. Karen Walker’s ladylike leather bag feels expressly chic.

Supple & Versatile

image courtesy Trendstop: Christopher Kane, Miu Miu, Organic by John Patrick, all Spring/Summer 2014, Building Block Bags, Taisuke Koyama.

Suitable for all Market levels, Oyster Pink is a versatile neutral that can be applied to a range of fabrications. Christopher Kane experiments with pairings of jersey and silk, as loose-fit linens feel effortless at Organic by John Patrick. Over at Miu Miu, supple leathers are shaped into striking knee-high lace-up boots.

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