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Runway Alert: Dye Effects

Color in fashion is anything but flat.

Designers are punching up their Fall/Winter 19-20 collections with unseasonal bursts of color in unexpected ways. And the dye effects—from traditional tie-dye to Pollock-inspired splatter—are adding a new level of intensity and depth to men’s and women’s fashion.

This year, tie-dye has become a communal trend being pushed forward by the outdoor market, a nostalgia revival in streetwear, color-obsessed millennials and not to mention the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in August. While the psychedelic effect is seeping into all categories from high to low, there’s a new breed of dye effects to watch.

British label Cottweiler used neon green ombré to bring a streetwear edge to its sporty polo shirts and joggers. Cedric Charlier turned a classic women’s leather trench into wearable art with blue ombré, while
Emporio Armani used dip dye to create vertical stripes on knits.

Spray effects added a lived-in look to Qasimi’s baggy jeans, which transitioned from dark to light indigo (and back) in various areas. Feng Chen Wang took a bolder approach with cloudy spray effects across its range of premium sweats.

Liam Hodges played with positive and negative effects of color. The London-based men’s wear designer created a nonsensical bleached-out grid on denim jeans and jackets. Other bleached pieces were splashed with pale shades of pink, yellow and green.

Marcelo Burlon County of Milan and GmbH brought a painterly vibe to denim garments. Distressed marks revealed a smattering of neon color on Marcelo Burlon County of Milan’s coated denim. And in a move toward impressionism, GmbH layered brush strokes and color on denim dresses and matching jackets.