By Maggie Dunning
Staff reporter

White, black, cobalt blue and purple are this fall’s hottest colors. Now I know a new fashion season shouldn’t sadden me, but when there are only four main colors for this fall I can’t help but think what a waste.

Fall is a season full of color and change; designers should take full advantage of that fact and do as many new color combinations as possible. Sadly, they didn’t so I am just going to have to be satisfied with the textures they brought in to replace color.

I’m not saying that white, black, cobalt blue and purple aren’t perfectly good colors, I’m just a person who needs a little more than that. Luckily designers decided that while they were going to limit themselves on color they would go crazy with texture. I can live with that.

Animal texture such as snakeskin and cheetah print are still in but they have been moved into the neutrals category. InStyle, September 2013 issue, reported that plaid has made a comeback this season along with eastern embroidery designs. Now I’ll admit I don’t think I will ever be a fan of plaid I will admit that the plaid coats that sprang up on the run ways did catch my attention. I loved how absolutely cozy and warm the coats looked. They were boxy and fuzzy looking and I loved them.

While foreign designs on clothing have always interested me, I really like the newly done ones. They don’t over take the clothing they are on but they still catch one’s eyes and draws attention to people’s best assets, if worn right. Not only have the designers revamped the embroidery but they also incorporated the hottest colors of fall into them.

Designer Naeem Khan brought cobalt blue and gold Chinese styled accents to one of his run way gowns and I fell in love. The blue looked bright and soft, like velvet. The gold coved the top and bottom of the dress with little bits in between carefully placed to bring maximum impact to the gown, just writing about it makes me smile.

Khan wasn’t the only designer that brought colors and texture together. Chanel, Fendi, Tom Ford, Jason Wu and Celine all mixed texture with color. Weather they used texture as accents to the colors or they used texture to define shape to the clothing everything looked fresh. White, black, blue, and purple, feathers, fur, fringe, spot, and chunky knits all came together in harmony this season.

This is what I have been missing from fashion. The imagination to create a world where all types of texture, design, shape, color and pattern is in season. Now fashion isn’t quite there yet but it got pretty close this season.

Maggie Dunning is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email her at