The four fashion trend themes in leather for Spring-Summer 2012

The atmosphere of fashion is modifying: there is a feeling of greater optimism and the color forecasters are seeing the seasonal warmth, enthusiasm and clarity of spring and summer as chief influences on the new color palette and fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2012. Interpreting fashion themes into reality is always a challenge, often made more difficult when applied to such a unique and varied substrate as leather.

It is a challenge that Clariant welcomes and its trend and color forecasts of the immediate past have been enormously accurate. This was clearly evidenced by the offers on show at the most recent Le Cuir à Paris and Lineapelle exhibitions when the finished leathers for Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 were displayed.

Looking even further ahead, Clariant launches its new Global Color Card – developed in close cooperation with MODEUROP, the Fashion Pool at DSI (Das Schuhinstitut GmbH) – as well as its leather trend booklet ‘Fashion Up!, in preparation for Spring/Summer 2012.

Indistinct, washed-out materials and colors have defined the fashion look over some seasons, but the new leather trends for Spring-Summer 2012 are inspired by the mood of exotic high summer and colorful ethnic influences, nostalgia and heritage classics, as well as simple shapes with nature as a source of inspiration.

The Four trend themes in Leather: Moroccan Adventure An ethnic story centred on Marrakech and the Sahara. Bustling souks, sun-baked walls, camel caravans, Bedouin gowns and colorful Moorish mosaics inspire. Ethnic textures are cleaner and less fussy. Bold stripes, ethnic prints and weaves are mixed with sun-baked matt leather and suede.

The Four trend themes in Leather: Faded Memories Feminine nostalgia and heritage classics: flaking theatres, ballet dancers, vintage gowns, forgotten sofas overgrown with ivy paint a romantic picture. Timeworn leathers have a sense of authenticity. Crackled and creased finishes have an antique feel while floral embosses, pearlised and subtle metallic finishes are pretty and romantic.

The Four trend themes in Leather: Island Surfer Rolling waves, white sandy beaches and tropical blooms set the mood for a high summer story. Hawaiian surfer looks add a sportier angle. Tropical fantasy looks, such as exotic reptile and metallic prints, are mixed with sporty scuba Neoprenes, mesh and techy textures.

The Four trend themes in Leather: Minimal Spotless, contemporary and plain shapes address the minimalist trend. Modern architecture, fashion and furnishings are pared down to make a very bold statement. Refined quality classics with super smooth finishes and sumptuousness grains such as croc and ostrich contrast with techy optical prints and micro grids.