Dark colors reign in NY fall, winter 2010 fashions

Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:24am EST
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dominant colors in the coming fall and winter fashion season will be solemn grays, browns and plenty of black, reflecting a no-nonsense mood among consumers and designers struggling in the dismal economy, judging from collections unveiled this week in New York.

Just a few splashes of fruit, spice and jewel tones lit up otherwise dark collections from the scores of designers who displayed their fall and winter 2010 lines at the semi-annual fashion event.

Such dark tones are a sign of the times, said Marigay McKee, fashion and beauty director at Harrods.

"New York has been a monochromatic story for the last couple of seasons," she said. "Obviously the economic events of the last couple of years affect the way designers put together their collections and what customers are looking for."

Indeed, in the collection by designer Tony Cohen, showing in New York from the Netherlands, nearly every look was black. In styles by Luca Luca, gray dominated, and Canada's Mackage used mostly black, camel and deep blue.

"It's a gloomy season for the most part," said Judy Licht, who covers fashion for the Huffington Post. "I'm seeing a lot of black and neutral creams, navys and grays."

Designer Michael Angel used midnight blue, and Brazil's Iodice stuck largely to black and beige, with just a splash of tangerine.

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<p>A model has a rehearsal before the Max Azria Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri</p>