• Claire Dunnett

Fashion Trends Vs. Long Term Style

It's the fashion paradox - does being fashionable necessarily entail following trends? If some styles are immortal, then why continually experiment?

In the words of Yves St Laurant 'Fashion is temporary, style is eternal.'

I'm definitely with Yves St Laurant on this one! For as much as I love following the trends and current fashion, style to me is absolutely eternal but why shouldn't we experiment too? After all, we all love colour, don't we?

As I nattered on in my previous blog about personal style and taste, everyone is different. Plus if you're thinking about buying a Merino Wool Blanket or Throw then it's a premium product and a considered purchase and making the right colour selection is important. After all if looked after properly a Merino Wool item, being a natural fibre will last a lifetime!

Only recently I took a selection of colours to a local fair and randomly asked people which colours were their favourites. The response was surprising. I was amazed at how opinionated people are when it comes to colour. We definitely know what we like and don't like that's for sure and why not? After all when you're faced with an item such as a beautiful Merino Wool Throw, should you go for the latest trendy colour, for a colour that suits your decor at home or do you simply go for your favourite? It all comes down to personal choice which sometimes involves having to make decisions.

Decisions Decisions Decisions!

This has been me for the last couple of weeks. Yep, needing lots of help to make some colour decisions to revamp my blanket collection in order to make them in even more stunning Merino colours. A big thank you to everyone on Instagram and Facebook over the last couple of weeks. I really value your opinions and choices of colours.

Firstly the 100 Merino Wool colour samples arrived from the Mill and then I set too researching and hence my 'Colour Inspiration' project began. I looked at colours closer to home at first, in nature and then to the many beautiful photographs that some of my very talented family members and friends have agreed for me to use to help me choose new colours and simply be inspired to 'experiment'. (Plus an excuse to eat cake!)

The 'Neutrals' Collection of colours.

The 'Greens, Blues and Yellows' Collection.

The 'Pinks, Purples and Reds" Colour Collection.

Then came the research into 'The latest Trends'. Hour upon hour of scouring the big magazines, copious phone calls and searching the internet (where would we be without it?) and after lots of mood boards and colour charts later, I've put a few ideas together to share.

Here goes!

Question..... Do you like Yellow? If you like 'Catkin Yellow' or 'Mustard Yellow' then you're right on trend. Seen here used as a splash of colour in a neutrally decorated room I think it looks great.

Mustard Merino Wool Throw (my latest make)

Tatton Throw in Natural White

Now for a complete contrast. Do you like your Purple shades? If so, then you're right on trend too!

So did you just say "Mmm I think I quite like these shades" or did you say "Yuck, who'd wan't a colour like that in their house?". Well from what I've seen so far, some of these colours are a bit like 'Marmite'. Although they are completely on trend you either 'love it' or 'hate it'. Let me know what you think, I'm intrigued to find out!

Now, do you like the colour 'Blue'? Blue can be seen in various shades, obviously, but has tended to be paler in house decor of late. Well now we're heading into vibrant 'Blue' territory. As well as the fresh shades of 'Seal Grey' which has a hint of blue or the Dreamy 'Dream Blue', this 'Denim Blue' is making a big appearance at the moment along with the darker 'Midnight Blue'. In the flesh the Merino Wool samples of these shades are absolutely stunning!

As you can see in the images above there is still a huge amount of Grey around for the foreseeable future and in many different shades too! Starting from the 'Seal Grey' with it's hint of baby blue through to 'Charcoal Grey' being the darkest shade, they really set a room off beautifully.

I love this Dunnknit Designs 'Marl Grey' Arley Throw seen here.

So have you spotted a colour that you like yet? Yes? No? Well here are a new set of colours that I'm about to venture in to for Dunnknit Designs.

I already work with lots of the Greys, Teal, Mustard Yellow and Mink Blush but I'm definitely going to be adding 'Duck Egg', 'Mallard', 'Turquoise' and 'Pewter' to my collection. I'm not sure about the Jade or Laburnum but let me know if you love these shades. I'm always open to suggestions.

And last but not least if you're still reading this then 'thank you', you must obviously love colour as much as I do, but do you like to do something 'different' with colour in your home? Well the joy of Merino Wool and particularly handmade, bespoke items is that anything is possible.

So what do you think of these bright colours? Are you a fan of Bright Pink, Yellow, Green or maybe Black?

I can't decide on this set! I'd love to know what you think!

Well as always I could go on and on writing about colour but I've now narrowed my selection down from 100 to 54 and now to 45. It's been so difficult to choose a new colour palette for my Blanket collection which hopefully in time will expand to be available throughout the whole Dunnknit Designs collection. But for now these are the choices that I'll be offering.

Next week I'm planning to describe each of my Blanket Designs in detail showcasing the various 'Sizes', 'Stitches' and 'Colours' that are available.

Until then, have a great week and a big 'Thank You!'

Claire xx

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