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Body Look Trends Fall/Winter 2007/2008
Balance of Fantasy & Clarity - Body & Beachwear trends
BODY LOOK in February 2007, Germany's only International
Trade Fair for Body, Beach and Legwear, was presenting the latest
trends for the Autumn/Winter season 2007/08 within the framework
of the IGEDO FASHION FAIRS DÜSSELDORF.
An experienced team of stylists and designers had worked on their
development, they were however also the result of the Trend.Table,
which in addition to the creative talents' input, also actively involved
journalists and members of the Igedo Company. "Skin Memories",
"Dark Stories", "Bronze Reflexions" and "Quiet Romance" reflect
the mood and optics for the coming order season.
Overall, fashion for the 2007/08 season is characterized by subdued colours,
harmonization and material diversity. Slender, short silhouettes as well as artistically
draped volumes characterize women's outerwear. There are reminiscences of the
1960s with shortness (legs the focal point!) and straight lines which are just as much
a feature as the 1980s with their rigidity, austerity and power. Soft sensuality and
classic masculine elements then enter into fashion alliances. For Bodywear the
challenge lies in combining fantasy with clarity as well as taking a more subdued
approach to romantic elements and colourfulness. Surfaces, textures and details
assume a new importance due to the more reduced colourfulness.
The key to the more subdued look is tone-in-tone colour combinations. Shade tones
and dark depths are gently coloured. Bright-dark contrasts provide an attractive
feature through soft patterning. New optics are created through the interplay
between intermediate shades. Bold colours are applied in good measure for
contrasts, highlights and lights.
High-quality, refined materials act as a counterbalance to the colourful neutrality.
Patterns and designs reflect a wealth of structures, textures and surfaces. Elements
based on romantic and mystical aspects are interpreted in a modern way. Shiny and
metallic shimmering elements are coming back into favour; the tone-in-tone look is
created by transparent over-layering.
Nina von C.
The first trend theme at BODY LOOK has been inspired by skin with its unique
textures, drawing on life's experiences, growth and ageing. It is synonymous with
sensuality, vulnerability, gentleness and robustness. This is complemented by a
matching, reduced, straight-line styling and also soft, sensual interpretations.
Round and attractive forms provide an exciting contrast to subdued colourfulness
and patterns. Layerings ensure volumes and graphic textures.
Matching the inspiration, a skin-coloured transparency is presented, which also
includes parchment and skin as well as shimmering porcelain and white gold. In
this connection, grey changes from a cool-mineral look to creamy-beige, matt blue
and anthracite provide outlines.
As far as materials are concerned, natural and
high-tech fabrics balance each other out. There is an interplay between tactile
surfaces, from silky to epidermic, from flowing-cool to velvety-soft. A broad
spectrum of effects - crystallised, powdery, vaporized, waxed, glazed - changes the
material surfaces. Matt elements come face to face with shimmering aspects,
smooth elements with peach-skin. Silicon prints are just as much a part of the
scene as are viscose filaments with a natural lustre, transparency in multiple overlayering,
fabric degradation, washed-out aspects and over-colouring. Colours and
patterns appear shaded or softly patterned. Couture-like drapings, creased fabrics,
pleating, reliefs and plaits inject life into the surfaces which are mostly irregular. In
addition there are soft, tone-in-tone Jacquards, micro-textures, linear patterns and
seams which outline or reflect the softness. Embroidered elements and
incrustations are popular features on neutral skin grounds.
The magic and sheer inscrutability of the universe as well as its depth and darkness
have inspired the creation of this theme, which combines drama and romanticism
to form an exciting, fascinating look. Blue-black, dark plum, blackberry, moccabrown
and dark grey produce an almost mono-chrome darkness, in which night
blue appears as a new black, while black uncharacteristically presents itself in a
range of diversity.
Sparkling coloured traces are reminiscent of shooting stars: ultramarine, sapphire
blue, magenta, purple-violet and light-orange set intensive highlights.
As far as the materials are concerned, an extreme matt finish is to be found
alongside ultra-shine. Shiny, shimmering satins join forces with matt micro-textures,
velvet lustres with lacquer coatings, iridescent elements with foils, lamés with matt
velour. A rock influence makes its presence felt on stage with mesh, lacquer and
Shimmering and shiny elements are also produced through metallic fibres, sequins,
pearls, embroidered elements, dark jewels and crystals. Texture is ensured through
plaits, pleats and creased aspects. Lines, ringlets, and fine embroidered elements
produce a very bright striking contrast on dark grounds; fantasy fibres set random
highlights. Embroidered elements and lace prefer crystalline patterns and textures.
Patterns, from graphic to filigree, sometimes as shadow outlines or negatives,
sometimes as masculine tie patterns or stripes, make their mark as rhythmic or
Also possible are a large number of styling interpretations, from mystic-romantic
through to fantastic-futuristic up to minimalist-sporty.
The fine art of imitating nature is celebrated in its completion here. Naturalness is
reproduced, abstracted, perceived. Materials and textures have a three-dimensional
effect and demand reduced styling. In addition to urbane casual chic, there are
sculptural drapings and couture-like refinement. Metallic shine and shimmering
surfaces underline the effect of light and shade. The curtain is raised for bronze in
shades of gold ochre through to gold green up to shiny gold, sometimes warm,
sometimes cool in its appeal. Patina changes the shading and its intensity. Matt,
bright surfaces with beige and brown toning are matched by grey stone tones,
slate, taupe and brown-black. Highlights are set by copper-red, malachite green or
High-tech materials imitate nature, volume contrasts with lightness. Metallic
elements are everywhere: in irregular fibre effects, in tweed effects using metallic
yarns, in bronze coatings on Jersey and lace fabrics or metallic laminations (silver,
gold, copper, bronze) on tone-in-tone knitted elements. Textures with volumes in
cloqué and fine doubleface reflect the mood as well as matelassé effects, embossed
aspects and prints in (panne) velvet and velour.
Lamés are effectively applied, ageing is imitated in print, fabric and through lasers,
aged colour textures in contrast are produced through over-colouring and
interrupted coatings. The patterns are orientated on nature, however in abstracted,
distorted and over-patterned forms. There are enlarged views of cellular textures
but also new camouflage variations as well as historicized curved, sweeping styles
and picturesque patterns, which appear to blend in perfectly with the ground
The fourth theme takes account of the desire for revery and illusions, poetry and
idyll in a cool, rigid, austere reality. What counts here are the soft shades, allusions
and suggestions promising seduction. A kind of still glamour is produced which
alludes to dancing and ballet, and in which couture-like forms blend in with noble
In terms of colour, a large number of red shades, embedded in subtle,
gentle green tones along with haze green, dusty rose and drab magenta play first
fiddle. Cherry red shines impressively through velvety or lacquered surfaces. Redviolet
and berry shades with a hint of blue are to be found alongside cinnobar,
sanguine, copper red and maroon. A gentle pink concludes the spectrum with the
bright, neutral and skin shades, which lend lightness to the intensive red spectrum.
Silk lustres, softness and lightness are keywords when it comes to materials. Noble,
plain fabrics are just as much a prominent feature as are opaque Jerseys with soft
volumes and technical materials for skintouch. Brocade, lamé and damask come
across as representatives of a faded-out romanticism. Tone-in-tone plays a key role
for plain fabrics, lace, embroidered elements (in some cases enhanced through
fantasy yarns) and excerpts from Art Déco and Art Nouveau.
Even sequins and
pearls remain subdued and transparent. Layerings, pleats and draping must also
feature here; patterns - popularly featured as elegant, small designs - are used
mainly as all-overs or in repeats. Floral, historic and ethnic influences make their
mark in prints and embroidered elements, while punched, embossed forms and
laser cuts exude modernity.
These four themes were visualized in the Trend.Forum during BODY LOOK and in this
connection, under the expert direction of Niels Holger Wien, regular guided tours
were also held. In addition, the trends were presented four times daily in the
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