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Cotton Trends

Cotton Incorporated presents Autumn/Winter 2014-15 colors and fabrics.

Virginia S. Borland, New York Correspondent

At Cotton Incorporated, Cary, N.C., color and fabric trends for Autumn/Winter 2014-15 fashion and home textiles are divided into five groups. There are seven shades for apparel plus four for interior fabrics in each range. Most of the fabric ideas are inspiration for future fashion fabrics, although several might turn up covering a sofa or softly framing a window.

The first group, Sacred Spaces, is described thus: "Execution, Confidence and Innovation are emboldened as we are nurtured by the craft instead of the exploits of tradition."Apparel colors are offbeat, combining Bird's Nest (yellowed olive), Peacock, Coffee Bean, Evergreen, Magnetic (very dark gray), Rose (browned coral) and Zest (daffodil yellow). The first home shade is a very soft, pale coral called Delicate. It is followed by three blackened shades — Emerald, Brun (dark grayed brown) and Licorice.

Fabrics shown in Sacred Spaces include knitted stripes using a silver yarn. They could be used in a dress or top. There are a heavily brushed and slubbed pinstripe, and a knit in a luxury blend of cotton/cashmere.

Apparel colors in the Share group are bright oranges and reds combined with deeps and soft neutrals. Orange Peel, Plummy, Blackened Blue, Hearty (bright red), Sunset, Safari (sand) and Tempered Silver are the colors. For the home, it's Silver Fog, Pink Peppercorn, Cinnabar (red plum) and Limbo (very dark brown).

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Top to bottom: Cotton Incorporated's 2014-15 trend groups include Sacred Spaces, Share , Improv and Underworld ; as well as Extreme (not shown).

Share fabrics include a chambray shirting that has a rainbow yarn peeking through it, a cotton double knit with a spongy hand, and a black lattice pattern over a tan lattice pattern that is described as a modernized snakeskin.

Underworld is described as "private, futuristic and in the shadows." Apparel shades are browned neutrals enlivened with blue. Russet is followed by Crushed Pearl (browned off-white), Ecru, Thicket (olive that is slightly darker and browner than Bird's Nest), Buried Treasure (gray-brown), Delft Blue and Trap Door (dark red-brown). Home colors are Duckling (yellowed off-white); Auburn, Dimmed (pale coral) and Sand Dune (olive gray).

Underworld fabrics are dark and mysterious. There are raised stripes on textured knits, woodgrained prints on felted canvas and sweater knits that have a pilled appearance through the use of slubbed yarns.

Improv is spontaneous and unregimented. Colors for apparel include two blackened darks — Arctic Night (teal) and Bittersweet (plum); three very pale shades — Unbleached, Violet Candy (off-white) and Icicle (aqua); plus two brights — Ginger and Purple Sapphire. For the home, there is a pale gray, Breeze, which is followed by Teal, Herbal (flax), and Background (navy).

Fabric suggestions include mini geometric printed shirtings with the look of texture and dimension created by using speckled yarns and high/low woven stripes that create a feeling of movement.

The last group, called Extreme, is "a study in contrasts." There are "exuberant brights" plus classics and gray and white shades. Apparel colors are Stormy Grey, Deep Navy, Magenta, Muted (white), Scream (neon green), Smirk (hot pink) and Cerise (bright red). Home colors combine four brights — Glistening Sage, Amethyst, Fervid Coral and Infernal (orangy yellow).

Small geometric patterned men's shirtings, textured knits and coated denims in burnished tones are Extreme fabric suggestions.

July/August 2013

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