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Comforting colors come back

One can spot many influences and trends in the marketplace, but for color forecasters, it's a matter of being able to filter through everything to come up with what will be hot several seasons from now, as they take a look at spring 2003.

Since color forecasting is just that — forecasting — palettes can vary dramatically among the color experts. Black, for example, is seen as both declining and increasing in popularity, depending on whom one speaks to.

However, several trends overall seems to dominate the forecasters' lists. A soft, feminine palette, including pinks, was one such group. Brights have also stuck around, though now they are less neon than before. Color palettes of the past have also gained ground, as people want to be reminded of more safe, soothing times. Earth tone colors were also cited for their comfort levels.

Textures will also become more romantic, some said, with such details as lace, sheers, and embroidery making more of an appearance. Metallics will have less shine to them, and more of an aged look.

The weave of fabrics will also be important, as it allows for more texture. That may include linen, hemp or shantung silk, as well as patterns in the weave, like damasks or two-toned looks.

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