Color of the year, returning trends, and other key looks
A Feng Shui master declared that the lucky color for the Year of the Wooden Sheep is green. The Pantone Color Institute, however, has picked “Marsala” as the color of the year 2015—a shade similar to red wine but deeper and warmer.
Pantone executive director Leatrice Eiseman describes on pantone.com, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”
Specifically for fashion, the website further notes that Marsala was a hit on international runways as early as September 2014, when the styles of Spring 2015 were first revealed: “The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.”
Over at NYPost.com, the online news portal features fashion picks in Marsala via a pleated chiffon dress for women from Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti; a structured faux leather jacket for men from Zara; strappy heels and leather shoes; and classic Ray-Ban “Original 58mm” aviator sunglasses, among others.
Home front hues
Here in the Philippines, fashion designer Pat Santos—who has two decades of experience in both ready-to-wear (RTW) and couture—agrees that similar shades of red and green will be trendy all year through.
In an interview with The Manila Times, Santos shares that for the ongoing New Year chill, earthen tones in mauve and brown are very up-to-the-minute. Come the summer though, these warm shades will take a turn for cooler tones, namely mint and aqua, which are derivatives of green as well as powder blue.
Santos ad-vices however that individuals should be careful about wearing trendy colors because it is always best to choose hues that suit one’s personality. He explains, “Colors will stand out more depending on the personality of the one wearing the garment. Usually, pastels are best for the sweet and pretty lady, brights for the sporty and bold, neutrals for classy and subtle looks, and jewels tones for those who love to party and add sophistication to their look.”
Textured fabrics, color combinations, and playful hemming, according to Santos will make up the fashion basics of 2015.
In terms of cuts and silhouettes, the RTW turned couturier relates, “As we all know, Filipinos dress simply as they don’t fancy much of decorative and busy elements. So they must choose basic silhouettes that look effortlessly classy and flatter each body type.”
Santos also agrees in the saying “fashion always comes and goes.” As such, he brings news that bell-bottom jeans of the ‘70s and cropped tops of the ‘80s will make a comeback this year; as well as gladiator and high-heeled sandals.”
Fashion blog Uloop.com verifies Santos’ bell-bottom forecast with the post, “Contrary to the sleek fit of the past year’s skinny jean or the roominess of the culottes, 2015 is all about the baby bell bottoms. With an appropriately modernized flare at the leg, this toned down bell-bottom combines the tailored cut of the skinny with the flirty flare of a wide-legged pant.”
To round up, Santos says, “Fashion really does have only a few silhouettes that are just re-structured through time to create seemingly fresh pieces. We will still see a lot of structured pieces, which in my opinion, never go out of style.
“It is very important for Filipinas to be aware of the global trends. Our fashion industry should not be outdated because we have the talent, skill, discipline and art for it. Moreover, Filipinos have their respective tastes that deserve to be expressed through fashion and dressing themselves.”