CIFF Fashion Trends
Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 – Neo Work
Utility and workwear as ever! Uniforms and work gear are revisited and given chic, fun, retro or kitsch treatments! The raw industrial spirit is worked in a luxury version.
An intense palette, pigment-rich colours. Russet, burnt, tawny and leather colours, reddish browns counterbalanced by cool shades of greenish grey, iron grey, tar, bottle green, uniform blue… patinated and metallic.
Classic references. Casual suitings, masculine mock plains, two-tone or coloured chiné twills and broadcloths, pronounced cavalry twills, in wool or cotton. Maxi corduroys.
Chic workwear. Cotton sateens, broken twills, tight weave gabardines, dense moleskins.
All-purpose. Coated plain weaves, rubberized light canvas, authentic denims. Biker leathers.
The retro touch. Micro prints, geometrics or overdyed florals in blouse weights.
Patinated knits. Fine gauge jerseys in printed yarns, chiné or recoloured with deliberately uneven or washed-out dyes. In heavy gauge, fancy ribs in blended cotton/lwool, acrylic/wool.
Uniform look. Straight belted coats. Classic overcoats with well-proportioned shapes. Surplus-style workwear jackets.
Retro spirit. The importance of rounded, egg-shaped blousons, short overjackets to wear with slender tulip skirts. Dungarees, cropped carrot-shape pants, winter shorts. Slim jeans. Charming blouses. Patterns, colours and shapes are mixed.
Smart outdoor. Casual, architectural and functional shapes. Protective trench coats, rain-slicker coats, heavy duty parkas, army jackets, biker jackets, dungaree dresses, heavy-duty sweaters.
Adjustable tabs, webbing, apron straps.
Metal buckles, snaps, aged metal rivets.
Bellows pockets, snap pockets.
Thick webbing belts. Leather gloves with buckle cuffs.
Convertible strappy or zipped bags.
Intarsia jacquard socks. Rubber boots.
Outerwear. Cropped trench coats and double-breasted neo-reefers. For weekend wear, oversize parkas, giant pockets, shoulder tabs.
Jackes. Urban overjackets, fitted shape, patch pockets. Slim, multi-pocket workwear jackets. Fleece-lined blousons. Vests between sportswear and citywear.
Pants. Loose, revised with workwear details. Neo-carpenter style, workwear dungarees.
Shirts. Functional, multi-pockets and multi-snaps. Collarless shirts.
Sweaters. Stitchwork, chunky handmade-style cardigans, thick, shawl or zipped collar sweaters.
Adjustable tabs, double rows of metallic snaps.
Elaborate pockets, wide belt loops, horn buttons, fancy flaps.
Aged leather belts. Ankle boots in bleached and patinated leather.
Functional bags in canvas and worn grainy leather.