Design Considerations. Motif. Motif.
Texture, Form and Fabric
Fabrics give a collection its framework, whether to complement the garment’s silhouette or as the primary focus of the garment’s design.
Well balanced collections feature a variety of fabric weights and textures, which also contribute to a variety of silhouettes, from tailored and structures to more fluid and organic.
Fabric and silhouette should never have equal importance in a design; always let one dominate. Otherwise they will compete for attention.
Successful Fabric Story for a 6-8 outfit collection
2-3 coating weights
2-3 suiting/jacket weights
2-3 shirt/blouse weights
2-4 sweater/jersey weights
2-4 novelty fabrics
-Support your concept and theme
-Provide cohesion for the collection
-Address the customers needs, lifestyle
-Innovate fashion through application and/or manufacturing techniques
-Be consistent with the designers identity and image
-Address current trends while creating new ones
-Contain a diverse range of fabric weights and textures
-Address the intended season while allowing for subtle shifts in temperature
Color often conveys emotion and meaning. Frequently, our associations with color stem from history. Blue was worn by ancient Roman public servants and has been used in the police uniform today. As well as individual colors, color combinations can also carry cultural meaning. Warm colors signal the seasonal change to Fall and Thanksgiving in the US. Extensive studies have been done as to how we emotionally react to color.
To assist designers in their own observations & speculations, forecasting services offer well formulated research that examines global changes that will affect fashion. Trend forecasting agencies research years in advance for a particular season.