Fashion Merchandising student Jeff has a feeling about colors for this fall, and it’s not about neutrals. “In hard times, people need sunny, bright colors. I want to see the return of neons to go against all the gloom,” said the hopeful neon blue-clad student.
Rae Greaves agreed. The Visual Communications major wants to see color everywhere: in her hair, her faux furs, and her cheetah-printed pants. With her hair colored bright red-orange for summer, she is thinking of trying blue for fall. “I like bright, fun colors for hair. And the feathers in the hair trend is dead,” said Rae definitively.
At the Downtown LA fashion school, just steps from the Fashion District, students discussed their wish lists for back-to-school:
Knee-high, chunky boots, with a military or combat twist are at the top of the list of must-have shoes. Visual Communications major Joanne Kim wants hers in “black leather, with silver buckles and zippers—biker style with a 4-inch wedge heel.”
Regarding silhouette, most of the women are ready to give the high waist a chance. Amber Addington, a Graphic Design major, wants to pair hers with oversized, billowy feminine tops and she’s excited about some new shades of denim she’s previewed. “They’re new washes in delicate shades of pink, blue, gray.” A cool break from dark blue.
The FIDM library, the largest specialized fashion library in the West, is an excellent source for student trend watchers. The library subscribes to various fashion, interior, and graphics forecasting services that predict trends in color, fabric, and silhouette up to 18 months in advance of the season.
At the Graphic Design school, Glen Sese puts together looks spontaneously based on what he finds in thrift shops, but he does have one image stuck in mind for fall. “I’m thinking of a dark jacket with a ‘70s punk feel. I’ll dress it up with a red scarf in houndstooth check,” said the stylish Graphic Design major.
Graham Smith, just back from a Lykke Li concert, is inspired to find a veil for autumn. “It’s an easy way to look interesting for evening,” says Graham. He wants a simple, light, sheer black number—down to the chest in front and tucked into a hat for stability, and a touch of mystery.