A Sea of Silk: How to choose the correct color

How does one go about choosing the perfect shade when designing a garment?

 The subtle differences between shades can amount to an overwhelming array of fabric choices.

The subtle differences between shades can amount to an overwhelming array of fabric choices.

The first thing to consider is the mood you are trying to convey.  Every color on the spectrum elicits an emotional response from the viewer.  Colors can be calming or invigorating, sophisticated or edgy.  Think of the color you might wear on a business interview: would you choose a bold persimmon, or a classical Wedgewood blue?

The line of the garment will do some of the speaking for you, of course.  Say you choose to wear a red dress.  Along with the shade of red, line and silhouette will be the difference between conjuring romantic images of Chris De Burgh's "Lady in Red" or sultry visions of "Whatever Lola Wants".

When discussing colors with our clients, LEO DUO always listens to their ideas and then offers guidance of our own.  We may go on an excursion to Los Angeles to swatch fabric choices, or order samples from our vendors in New York.  We love to see the differences between twelve shades of turquoise silk, or the myriad subtleties between violet, aubergine, and eggplant.  Showing these options to the client is always a highlight of the early design process; you find out what speaks, what sings, and what absolutely shouts!

Let us know if you want us to keep an eye out for something for you.  We are always exploring our fabric options, and would be happy to order some samples for you to peruse.  Trust us, it is LOTS of fun to see what is out there!