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. . . Nothing but Color

Deficient of Staid, Traditional Tones, Spring 2000 Collections for Women's and Menswear Glow Vividly As Designers Embrace Light and Bright for the Millennium

Carlstadt, NJ, October 18, 1999 - Spring 2000 will be awash in a riot of bright colors, accented by white, according to top men's and women's fashion designers.

"The brighter the color, the better," seemed to be the motto of women's designers showing at the 7th on Sixth Tents in New York's Bryant Park for spring 2000. Cues were taken from the warm spring colors of yellow, orange, yellow-green and a cooling blue, but were also inspired by the tonal skin shades of pink, peach, toast, sand and tan.

Women's silhouettes had a sleek, modern, body-conscious feel and the tactile fabrics were chosen to reflect and enhance the lightness of the colors.

"Designers have wiped the slate clean of dark and drab colors for the first season of the new century," said Lisa Herbert, senior vice president of the Pantone Textile, Home and Fashion Division. "The vivid colors, some with complex undertones, make a definitive statement that the future is here and it is light and bright."

The most directional women's ready-to-wear colors for spring 2000 are: Cerulean PANTONE 15-4020 TC, Hot Coral PANTONE 17-1656 TC, Opaline Green PANTONE 14-0226 TC, Primrose Yellow PANTONE 13-0755 TC and Toast PANTONE 16-1331 TC.

"These vibrant, celebratory colors are symbolic of the first season of the new century," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "But there is also a celebration of the ethnic diversity reflected in the use of complexion colors. A soothing balance was brought into play with the addition of Cerulean, Pantone's millennial color."

Men's designers embraced the future with sleek silhouettes, high-tech fabrics and fabric treatments and colors that signal the dawn of a new era. Shown in New York at the end of July, these collections took on a more feminine feel, with many men's trousers shown cropped, at clam-digger length. Shirts were also cropped and boxier in silhouette.

Color-wise, there were only hints of the menswear standards of black, brown and navy. Instead, a celestial, cerulean blue was on almost every runway, with complements of subtle washes of color and white. However, there were powerful brights, particularly orange and dark denim, usually with a white fill or a metallic sheen.

"Men's sportswear and furnishings especially will reflect the trends of androgyny and extreme color," says Herbert. "Look for these runway trends to translate into more brights, even in dress shirts, and unexpected usage of white in details and accessories."

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Women's 7th on Sixth Spring 2000 Color Information

Badgley Mischka

Prominent Colors: Sorbet colors, corals, lemon yellow, turquoise, lettuce green, hot pink with touches of neutrals and flesh tones.

Inspiration: Sorbet with fresh fruit.

Influences: The new millennium evokes a fresh chance. It is the end of the somber '90s, a new start with combinations of fresh, pure colors.

Signature Color: The most prominent new colors this season are corals, turquoise and lettuce green.

Color Philosophy: Clear, clean and cheerful.

Betsey Johnson

Prominent Colors: Odd colors together. Missmatches ... weird off-shades. Unlikely colors - "cross-colors." Strange minty or yellow-y greens, purple-y blues, aqua-y blues, pink-y oranges, purple-y reds.

Inspiration: 2000 needs to look different, new, surprising!

Influences: Computer technology, Web, On-line, global everything.

Signature Color: Spacy, shrimp-y pink. Spacy blue-raspberry.

Color Philosophy: Wear what you want - any colors, any way - no old rules. Time to invent.

Bill Blass

Prominent Colors: Raspberry, lime, banana, wisteria.

Inspiration: Our customer responds well to bright colors for spring.

Signature Color: Bright colors.

Color Philosophy: Color, color, color.

Bottega Veneta

Prominent Colors: Brights! This season is really about combining high cool colors! Shades of coral, cool mints, acid green and white. These colors also play off our neutral palette of khaki and canvas.

Inspiration: These are fresh, sun-kissed, feel-good colors, reminiscent of days in the sun at the sea. Happy, healthy and fresh!

Influences: The general climate moving into the millennium is very optimistic. There is a sense of flair and happiness in the air. Our colors reflect this.

Signature Color: Coral (warm and cool tones).

Color Philosophy: Unobtrusive brights combined with neutrals.

Calvin Klein

Prominent Colors: We began pre-spring with a range of soft neutrals like malt and teak. We added a spectrum of tones for accent: burnished coral, dark burgundy, blush pinks, clean clay and alabaster; balanced by the purity of black and white. The spring collection evolved the light palette with cool, pale colors: icy blues and lavenders, cement grays.

Inspiration: Spring is about lightness and renewal, and we wanted to reflect that feeling with subtle colors that are also refreshing and cool.

Color Philosophy: For spring 2000, color is about subtle contrasts - tone against tone, matte against shine - and we've used icy pastels and soft pales to complement the weightlessness of the papery-crisp fabrics throughout the collection.

Carmen Marc Valvo

Prominent Colors: My colors range from wisteria, primrose, dogwood and a pale daffodil accented by perennial favorites of black and white, heated up with cyclamen and bougainvillea.

Inspiration: The sensuality and serenity of Asian cultures combined with the salsa and spice of Latin cultures.

Influences: Cross-cultural fusion caused by a breakdown of global borders - a planetary melting pot.

Signature Color: For this season, there's no one predominant color. I embrace all colors, as if viewing a perennial garden.

Color Philosophy: Color is extremely important in fashion, especially with color mixing and atonalities in each garment.

Jeff Mahshie for Chaiken & Capone

Prominent Colors: Black PANTONE® 19-0506 TC, White PANTONE 11-0601 TC, Dark Navy, Burgundy PANTONE 19-1726 TC, African Violet PANTONE 17-3725 TC, Chrome Yellow PANTONE 12-0764 TC and Tangerine PANTONE 16-1361 TC.

Inspiration: The classic colors invoke an all-American sensibility, while the brighter palette feels uplifting and optimistic.

Influences: Bright colors are full of energy and a symbol of moving forward, while the classic palette invokes a sense of familiarity and security.

Signature Color: I feel strongest about Chrome Yellow, Tangerine Orange and African Violet.

Color Philosophy: Using color as a catalyst to manipulate mood.

Donna Karan for DKNY

Prominent Colors: Shades or skin, nude and reds, earth tones, pastels, soft greens and water blues.

Inspiration: Nature.

Signature Color: Colors of nature - earth, wind and fire.

Color Philosophy: Colors reflect elements of nature: leather, suede, chamois, snake, cotton, metal blends, chalked and pigment printed. Hand touched and stretched. Antique, distressed and worn.

Douglas Hannant

Prominent Colors: Sandy shades of blonde and beige, mocha to warm clay, deep mahogany and walnut.

Inspiration: The color palette is inspired by flesh tones from the lightest to the darkest. It makes direct reference to the body wanting to be touched - sensual and tactile.

Influences: At the end of the millennium, I'm feeling the need to go to bareness - a rebirth that begins with what is natural. Optimistic about rejuvenation. Signature Color: Nudeness - from golden undertones to warm mocha to lavender highlights found in very dark skin tones.

Color Philosophy: Natural, neutral shades that become one with the woman.

Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy

Prominent Colors: Red - fiery with gold undertones, used as a graphic accent, mixed with classic camel. An array of softer, whitened pastels with yellow and lavender being most important. Evening mixes white with fresh sherbert colors - grape, tangerine and strawberry.

Inspiration: Looking to have fun in fashion again. Think of the colorful sixties - a tropical garden worn confidently.

Signature Color: There's no one signature color, I love the choice of several.

Marc Bouwer

Prominent Colors: Icy pastels, sorbet inspired pale jewel tones, fairy tale, a pale rainbow, pearlized white, navy, lemonade colors.

Inspiration: Fairy tales, romantic fantasy, naughty little girls dressing up.

Influences: Other worldly non-events, total fantasy and escapism.

Signature Color: White and pearlized derivations, e.g., white iris, South Sea pearl, black pearl.

Color Philosophy: Cool, icy sparkling iridescence. Colors to cool your dawn and spark your night.

Matt Nye

Prominent Colors: A very passively aggressive color story suits me well for spring 2000. Cool, masculine sensuality is infused with the use of an industrial mercury and iridescent blue, colors which are uncompromising in their value and integrity.

Inspiration: Heroine chic is how I am referring to this collection, having reread Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Dagny Taggart and Dominique Francon are two women to be reckoned with and have served to inspire many of today's female corporate executives.

Influences: A continued lack of respect for nature and the finite resources for our environment makes for a greater appreciation of the simpler elements in my everyday life. Simple things amuse and inspire me, so be it.

Signature Color: My signature color for the season would be mercury, because it sure isn't orange!

Color Philosophy: As I stated earlier, my colors are as uncompromising as the heroines who inspired their use - masculine yet softened by a woman's figure, sensuality and a little show of skin.

Michael Kors

Prominent Colors: A mixture of nudes as well as bright color and bold graphic prints.

Inspiration: A little bitchy Palm Beach meets New York.

Signature Color: Lime Green.

Color Philosophy: It's all about skin tones - wearing the same tone as your skin. The millennium is all about the body.

Nicole Miller

Prominent Colors: Turquoise, magenta, lemon yellow and dusty orange - all with rich chocolate brown.

Inspiration: With all the ethnic influences, I think color will be strong. Vibrant colors will be important - yellow, oranges and aquas.

Influences: The world is in an exuberant mood with the approach of the millennium. With this festive feeling, colors are important.

Signature Color: Turquoise and pale aqua.

Color Philosophy: Exciting and fun. Interesting and new combinations.

Oscar de la Renta

Prominent Colors: Watermelon pinks, cantaloupe oranges, aquamarine blue, raw indigo denim and Ipanema beige.

Inspiration: The beach, the ocean, fruit, the tropics. The importance of color itself is inspiration enough.

Color Philosophy: Bright, strong fearless color as seen in our romantic and tropical graphic prints.

Randolph Duke

Prominent Colors: Lots of blue and white, navy, indigo, sea blues and more pale sky shades, as well as luggage brown (reddish undertone), flaxen taupe and all shades of white from vanilla to sailcloth.

Inspiration: The graphic and timeless simplicity of navy and white inspired me for their fresh and crisp appeal, as well as a great medium for contrasting shapes and silhouettes. Shades have been inspired by the crispness of yachts and ships with nautical or marine feel. It is classic, yet always modern looking.

Signature Color: Navy blue, with a deep midnight undertone.

Color Philosophy: Blue ... in all its varied incarnations from shimmering ocean surfaces to white cloud enhanced skies ... mysterious midnights to ethnic indigos and rich royals - the ultimate American color!

Ralph Lauren

"For spring, you'll see combinations of black and white and navy and white played against vibrant color. Red is very important. I think graphic patterns with shots of color feel modern and new."

Tommy Hilfiger

Prominent Colors: White, navy blue, red, olive drab and light blue.

Inspiration: Classic all-American colors that translate beautifully for lighter weight, sexy clothing.

Influences: It is the year of music for Tommy Hilfiger USA. Nothing is more classic or universal than music, especially rock and roll.

Signature Color: Clean, bright white.

Color Philosophy: To have fun. To be cool. To be sexy. There's nothing sexier or more all-American than red, white and blue for spring/summer 2000.

Victor Alfaro

Prominent Colors: Warm aqua, lilac, flesh, lemon, white, sand, bark brown and heather gray.

Inspiration: These are colors that not only look good on many skin tones, but also sell well.

Influences: My color influence came from a variety of places - a Georgia O'Keefe painting and some pictures I found in magazines and books.

Signature Color: My signature colors are all warm pastels - lilac, flesh, aqua and lemon.

Color Philosophy: I love the way color looks contrasted with white. It still and always looks really fresh to me.

William Calvert

Prominent Colors: The spring/summer 2000 collection is all about the mixture of hot colors like citrus orange, fire engine red and shocking pink with white or cream. They mix in levels of saturation - white can be a subtle sheen on top of a color or as dramatic as a solid block of light.

Inspiration: The birth of a planet.

Influences: No specific event. Rather that as I move around the city and absorb stimuli, it is my job to find some clever way of exhaling it all as some delightful mixture.

Signature Color: Orange mixed with creamsicle.

Color Philosophy: Color, color, color! The brighter the better! At one time, an all-black outfit looked edgy, now color does.


Prominent Colors: The most significant aspect of color for spring 2000 is the absence of black.

Inspiration: They are the colors of building materials.

Influences: The heat.

Signature Color: White.

Color Philosophy: Anything goes!

Men's 7th on Sixth Spring 2000 Color Information

Jason Bunin

Prominent Colors: Warm neutrals of pale yellow, stone and chalk. Cool, fresh colors such as mint green, deep blue and optic white. Summer is hot and spicy colors - paprika spice, baby spice (hot pink), mustard spice and optic white.

Inspiration: The seasonal change from early spring to late summer.

Influences: With a stronger economy and men's healthier outlook toward fashion and self-awareness, the colors tend to become stronger and make more of a statement about individuality.

Signature Color: Fresh mint green and white.

Color Philosophy: I feel color should be expressive of the person. People are optimistic about the future and I selected a color palette which best represents strength and optimism.

Matt Nye

Prominent Colors: The most prominent colors for me this season are midnight navy, optic white and gunmetal gray, industrial and uncompromising in their integrity and values.

Inspiration: I am currently rereading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, a truly inspiring novel about the debasement of intellect during a society's height of industrialism and the resulting collapse of both.

Influences: I feel that the most pressing world event or social issue would be the under appreciation and lack of respect for our environment and its finite resources. This leads me to value that which we take for granted. Signature Color: Iridescent blue.

Color Philosophy: In general, my color philosophy for spring 2000 is crisp, cool and bracing. Close your eyes and imagine a cool, black seemingly bottomless pool or pond on a hot summer night - refreshing, dangerous, alluring.

Sandy Dalal

Prominent Colors: We used a lot of cool colors - creamy yellow, navy, black, milky white, silvery light blue and iridescent charcoal. Warmer colors were used in some of the print fabrics like saturated browns, gold-yellow and some tan. It's mostly a cooler palette and very soft.

Inspiration: The laid-back atmosphere of spring, cool climate.

Signature Color: Our signature colors this season are white and navy.

Color Philosophy: Rich, cool colors, understated, soft.

Scott French

Prominent Colors: For spring 2000, I've focused on two main color groupings:

1) Browns and olives with undertones of each other, combined with warm, rich colors like salmon, gold and peach.

2) True navy and gray, golden khaki and gray stone combined with optic white, sky blue and butter yellow.

Inspiration: I love hazy, hot summer days and humid nights when the city looks so moody. When the sun is shining through a hazy summer sky, colors seem to pop while not being "bright" or "neon," thus my first palette. Moody humid nights when colors aren't so obvious, but rather appear as hints of themselves under the hazy glow of street lights inspired my second palette.

Influences: I think many people are viewing the new millennium as a time to make a new beginning in some aspect of their lives. New beginnings are hopeful and positive by their very nature. My colors in this, the first season of the new millennium, are hopeful and cheery as a reflection of people's moods.

Signature Color: Salmon seems to be the one color that accents every other color in my collection as well as serving as the anchor color in a large, retro floral print that serves to tie the two palettes in my collection together.

Color Philosophy: My color philosophy remains constant - suitings in colors heavy with undertones (olive with brown, gray with tan, navy with black) paired up with rich saturated colors in shirts and a contrasting tie. Color creates the focal point of my outfits.

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