Hot and sultry colours tip the scales for spring 2018, plus plains on their luxurious own or as a base for exotic prints, says Pongees, which has divided its new collection into three distinct groups: Travelogue, Kew Gardens and Cornish Coast.
The new season introduces a heady cocktail of tropical colours that take their inspiration from cultures, traditions and people from far flung exotic lands. In the Travelogue group shades range from the hot fiery colours of Cuba and the Caribbean to the warm earthy tones of the African deserts and the intense hues of the tropical rain forest. Here can be found warm rust, ochre, burnt orange, henna and spice, as well as hot pink, azure blue and sunshine yellow.
As spring 2018 will be a season where prints are going to be more important than ever, Pongees has pulled together a wide range of plain silks, including crepe satins, double crepes, crepe de chines, chiffons, georgettes and habotais, twills and jerseys that are prepared for digital printing.
With green being tipped as a top colour for spring 2018, Pongees has included in its Kew Gardens group the softest tones of lichen, moss and olive, plus acidic Chartreuse and lime, bold cactus and kiwi, dreamy fern, lincoln, military khaki, kelp, meadow, deep forest and evergreen.
Will-o’-the-wisp, ethereal light and delicate chiffons and tulles and vintage crepe de chines are the pivotal fabrics to create the feminine, demure and romantic mood of Kew Gardens.
The third theme of the season, Cornish Coast, is best intepreted with layers of crisp organza ruffles and frills, creating 3D effects, alongside crumpled and rumpled, surface detail lace for an easy and relaxed mood. Colours represent the demand for all things natural, organic and minimalist so this range is full of weather worn shades such as putty, stone, ivory and pebble, the treasures of the beachcomber, along with summer blue, sea green, indigo and taupe.
While Pongees is best known for its extensive range of plains, it has also sourced more fancy fabrics such as embroideries, laces and jacquards, all of which are available in small minimums and from stock.