INTERCOLOR MEETING S/S 2017

FASHION XY

BIO &ndash LUMINE - SCENT FO &ndash REST

 
INTERCOLOR MEETING
SPRING/SUMMER 2017
St.Gallen, Switzerland
 
by ÜMİT ÜNAL
 
UPON THE INVITATION OF SWISS TEXTILES AND THE SWISS TEXTILE FEDERATION, THE COMING TRENDS, CONCEPTS AND COLOR SCHEMES FOR SUMMER 2017 WERE DISCUSSED AND DEBATED IN A SPECIAL GATHERING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF FIFTEEN NATIONS.
 
 
This season&rsquos ICC Intercolor presidency rotated to the British Textile Group representative Joanna Bowring. All the delegates have been working hard to present their findings. As with every installment of this biannual forum, an agreement was reached on the most suitable approach for the season in question after all delegates&rsquo presentations were seen and workshops attended. The event took place over three days between 27-29 May 2015 in the Swiss town of St. Gallen.
 
Representatives from Turkey, Switzerland, Britain, France, Italy, Hungary, Korea, China, Thailand, Germany, Japan, USA, Spain, Portugal and Finland were all present to share their thoughts about what could be the right approach to designs for Summer 2017. In the last couple of years, the Encounter chapter of the conference has begun to draw quite a crowd of visitors and observers from the foreign press. In former seasons all séances were out of bounds to none-participants. However, ICC Intercolor has now decided to be more transparent and give outsiders a peek into what goes on behind the scenes.
 
 
This time, upon the invitation of Swiss Textiles and the Swiss Textile Federation, we got the chance to observe the Swiss textile industry&rsquos leading firms and learn about their contribution to the world of fashion through meetings, visits and dinners where participants and their hosts could converse and exchange knowledge. Concepts, new color schemes and materials, combinations were discussed as a group and decisions were made through a process which was an enchanting experience for all involved.
 
St. Gallen has a fascinating textile museum to match its active industry, a children&rsquos festival, high class boutiques and workshops that produce intricate lace-work for Dior, Chanel, Lanvin and a number of world-renowned brands. The profile of St. Gallen&rsquos denizens is rich and affluent.
 
 
BIOLUMINESCENT FOREST
 
Friedrich van Schoor, Tarek Mawad and Achim Treu are three artists who came together to work on a 3D mapping conceptual art piece, unveiled in two segments of the workshop. Behind the BIOLUMINESCENT FOREST video art work is a deep philosophical point, put across by combining technological aesthetic with natural environments.  Ümit Ünal and Özlem Süer shared their ideas represnting 34.COLOR.IST. for Istanbul, Turkey in a video which shared many characteristics with that prepared by the British Textile Colour Group (BTCG) in their presentation. Great minds think alike &ndash but that&rsquos not all Germany&rsquos Deutsches Mode-Institut (DMI) showed a presentation on the theme BIOPHILIA &ndash which of course also had strong links to the former two. Thus this was the strongest collaboration. A dark and mystical natural world forging links with the artificial and growing together... 
 
 
A number of innovative approaches and concepts were discussed over and over and the result of these discussions shows in the final outcome &ndash STAGING NATURE was finally selected as the theme.
 
LYRICAL AUGMENTATION, NARRATIVE INNOCENCE, (RE) INVENTING ORGANIC, DELICATE COMPOSITES, IMAGINATIVE and POETIC REFINEMENT were other working titles shared amongst deligates to work on individually.
 
Our title was CULTURAL SURFING, which linked to creating new social identities. The American &ldquoMobilize Culture&rdquo theme was quite a heavy influence on this and broadened the scope afforded in the title. In a way &ldquoModern African&rdquo was a better way of describing the finished product.
 
 
This group included other sub groupings such as RE-CODING IDENTITY, MOBILIZE CULTURE, EMBRACING ROOTS, ABSTRACT RHYTHM, UPDATING AFRICAN LEGACY and CROSS - CULTURAL INCLUSION.
 
In this special session we had the opportunity to review and critique new concepts from all over the world. Structuring nature, hybrid, hyper tech nature and other concepts were discussed in both abstract and tangible terms.
 
Things got tougher along the way as the works required more dynamism and the theme greater expansion until the final product was a much more complex projection of the future.
 

I promise a summer season with an aesthetic ro-oted in the spontaneous, the fantastique, the mysti-cal and the universal. Profound and decisive. Select colors, details and harmonies the like of which have never been seen.

COLOR AND CONCEPT RESULTS
Spring/Summer 2017
 
OMNIPOSSIBLE
 
-  CUT THE  CODES!
-  ACTIVATE!
-  CONTEMPLATE!
-  CONNECT!
 
STAGING NATURE
 
BIOPHILIA, (RE)INVENTING ORGANIC, DELICATE COMPOSITES, LYRICAL AUGMENTATION, NARRATIVE INNOCENCE, POETIC REFINEMENT, IMAGINATIVE
CULTURAL SURFING
 
RE-CODING IDENTITY, MOBILIZE CULTURE, EMBRACING ROOTS, ABSTRACT RHYTHM, UPDATING AFRICAN LEGACY, CROSS-CULTURAL INCLUSION
 
HORIZON
 
CONTEMPLATING MATERIAL, TACTILE SENSATION, PERMANENCE, SOUL OF MATTER, INNER-NESS, SOLITUDE, DISAPPERANCE, IMMATERIAL INFINITY
NIGHT VISION
 
OMNI-POSSIBILITIES, BIOLUMINESCENCE, SHIFTING REALITIES, SURREALIST, STRANGE LIGHT, LUMINIGHT, MAGICAL REALITY
FREE RADICALS
 
SUBVERSIVE, REBELLIOUS, DISRUPTIVE, OMNI-POLAR, ENHANCING