Wearing an open mesh is not often expected in an everyday fashion. Its racy exposure has the ability to set the wrong tone. But, when mixed with lace and cotton, the game changes. In her Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, Collette Dinnigan made mesh acceptable and surprisingly pretty.
How did she do this? With CONTRAST and layering. Mesh wasn’t used alone. It was integrated with other textures of fabrics- lace, eyelet, cotton and even some pleating details. It was used in colors. The mesh went from being racy or sporty to soft and calming simply by the personalities of its partnering fabrics.
Mesh has a strong personality, but on its own it can be ineffective. Adding in other fabrics with various textures and colors breathes new life into an old personality.
Allison has had a lifelong interest in multiple facets of design. Growing up between a sewing machine and a sketch pad, she went on to fine-tune her skills through studies in fine arts and fashion design. Upon entering the design/build industry, she continuously researches trends in various markets, including retail, hospitality, exhibitory/events, interiors and architecture in order to provide valuable educational and inspirational resources to clients.