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On March 14, Daniela Bartels, senior designer, Peclers Paris, presented a seminar at the Fashion Group International headquarters in New York City on the colors, textures and styles of spring/summer 2007 and fall/winter 2007/08. Bartels began working as a stylist for Peclers Paris in 1988, and has been a consultant for designer Yohji Yamamoto and a variety of French retailers. She punctuated her presentation with artistic, global and multimedia influences. From brown blousons to taupe trenches, to folklore and French finery, the overview was multilayered, colorful and nuanced.
Breaking the trends into four categories for fall/winter 2007–2008, she designated mute, functional, counter-cultural and futuristic as reference points. Mute was associated with re-balance, natural fibers, blends and high-tech performance. Functional featured refined color and a new form of textured, sensorial luxury. Counter-cultural showcased archetypal references and radical icons like Vivian Westwood and Bjork as influences. For color, there was a “Chromo Collision,” which would bring a re-ordering of color in surprising combinations. This would hold true for fabrics found in street wear. Colors would range from pastels and almost overexposed color to pigment tones and colorfast brights. Oxidized patinas would be strong, grayed and pulpy shades of artichoke. Subtle contrasts between ivory white and graphic black were also forecast.
A Trend Collection on Ice was celebrated March 19–21 when Goldwell Hair Care and Color sponsored a three-part style and color exploration, beginning with a rink-side party at New York’s Rockefeller Center and concluding with two days of color and styling analysis at the Sheraton Towers Hotel. Goldwell guest artists included John Simpson, Shannon Lamm and Deborah Gavin, who demonstrated color techniques and cuts, within three designated aspects of Goldwell’s Trend Zoom 2006. The first, Crystal Spirit, explored the soul, with colors and styles that “spoke or whispered” and covered male color preferences—generally smoky colors and low maintenance cuts. Among other topics discussed, the subject of male hair chameleons such as Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and George Clooney, who readily change their hairstyles and looks
The second aspect, called Real Fantasia, explored the human spirit with asymmetrical cuts, free-spirited styles, playful layering and architectural cuts. Lastly, Classic Delice, an exploration of the senses and society, represented by Shannon Lamm, who gave the audience a wealth of information on TopChic Neutralights from Goldwell, which provide nuanced caramel-colored brown tones. Lamm also provided commentary on how “hairstyle classics change just like everything else,” noting that even yesterday’s pompadour has been reinvented.