SS19 Trend: Iridescent Colouring
We are halfway through Premiere Vision Paris and halfway through the week which can only mean one thing; its time for Wednesday Trendsday! I am so in awe by everything I'm seeing – this show is amazing and overwhelming but utterly inspiring. There are a lot of different textile trends but an overlying theme, which I love, is the iridescent colour effect. I've seen it used in different weaves, weights, contents and looks but I want to focus on a specific style of iridescent fabrics. Today I want to talk about the deep, mermaid-like opaque iridescence that manages to maintain a gorgeous balance between luxury and fantasy.
What Exactly Am I Talking About?
The opaque iridescent colouring that I am referring to is achieved by using a at least two colours of synthetic fibres and creating a chambray with a third colour. So lets break it down. A chambray is a fabric that is dyed in the yarn stage and uses at least two different colours; the most basic will have Colour A in the warp (the vertical yarns) and Colour B in the weft (the horizontal yarns). To achieve the iridescence, we create this fabric but take it a step further. To make this easier to explain, lets assume we are creating the iridescence in the weft only. The warp yarn would be a solid matte colour (it can be a synethic but a matte look is easier to achieve with a natural) – I prefer this yarn being darker to the fabric has some depth. In the weft, we need at least two colours of very smooth, shiny yarns so this must be a synthetic. In the picture to the right, we are using a sequence of blue and yellow yarns to create a bright, oceanic iridescence.
Why am I Forecasting This Trend?
Spring and Summer are magical seasons. Plant life is blooming and the natural colours breathe life back into the world. I like to think that this rebirth inspires people to explore the world and go on adventures; I personally always want to go somewhere that water is involved. The ocean is a mysterious wonder that we have barely explored and full of gorgeous marine life. This trend is inspired by the way the light reflects off of the fish and the movement of the water. The deep aquatic tones are rich, bold and evoke an feeling of luxury. But I mean, lets be honest, who doesn't want to be a mermaid?