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SEASONED APPROACHES; FOUR POPULAR FASHION DESIGNERS GO FOR THE NATURAL LOOK IN SPRING ENSEMBLES.

NEW YORK-Easy, comfortable, calm and sensual are among the key words used by four top luxury brand designers to describe the feeling of spring in their bedding ensembles introduced at the October market.

Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger were both inspired by seaside images in their signature spring bedding ensembles, but Lauren went for brightly colored plaids and stripes while Hilfiger showed a field of flowers.

Calvin Klein and Donna Karan were drawn to nature-inspired colors. While Klein immersed in the art of graphite squares, Karan explored the nature of a dried palm leaf.

"We took the direction of calmness and serenity," said Patsy Pollack, chief executive officer of Donna Karan Home, referring to DKNY Life's Pressed Palm Leaf. "It is the literal interpretation of natural colors."

The duvet, which featured pressed pleated fabric over dyed with shades of green tea, green leaf and khaki, was complemented with specially dyed all-cotton sheets, channel stitched quilt and a decorative pillow with pleated organdy and hand-stitched detail.

"The inspiration is a dried palm leaf found in the flower market, and the interpretation is the mixing of natural elements into technical executions," said Pollack.

Calvin Klein Home said its Graphite Squares ensemble is serene and sensual.

"It is like a piece of art," said Henry Fielding, vice president of merchandising.

The duvet, which is expected to attract the male consumer, is dimensional jacquard woven with a fully engineered layout of graduating color and a scale of squares.

Yarn-dyed sateen sheeting with an engineered band of color on the cuff of the sheet and pillowcase, a jacquard matelasse, and pillows made of silk and metal caviar mesh add interest and texture to the ensemble.

"Color continues to be the trend for spring. After a long cold winter, it's refreshing to see new, vibrant colors," said Caren Bell, vice president of corporate communications at Tommy Hilfiger.

The new collection, called Marina's Field, was inspired by the East Coast's Nantucket Island and showed Hilfiger's fondness of a tranquil color palette.

Yellow, lavender, pink and white daisies, and poppies with green stems were scattered on the duvet with a printed linen background and green checked piping. Yellow sheets and pillowcases with a leaf design form part of the collection.

A family seaside home in Mecox Bay, N.Y., was Ralph Lauren's spring inspiration. Sun-washed shades of turquoise, lemon, tangerine, magenta and ultramarine brighten pillows and cashmere throws, madras plaids and ribbon stripes were borrowed from summer wardrobe classics.
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Author:Leizens, Leticia
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Nov 12, 2001
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