The fashion industry is finally acknowledging that people are going back into their closet each year, and they have to give shoppers something fresh to wear with the dependable chestnuts. I tell companies it's got to be a dependable mix of trends and product development. If it's all about trends, you're immediately dating the product.
Pink always says soft. But that's not a bad thing A lot of guys, when they allow themselves to try the color, they look in the mirror and say, 'Hey, I look pretty good in this.' Any of the rosy tones really vibrate well for the skin. So I think besides using pink from a psychological standpoint (to show their softer side), there's also the aesthetic aspect - knowing they look good and having people say, 'Wow, that's a great look on you,' which invariably will happen. And that really locks it.
Designers have taken a deep breath for Spring 2006. After several seasons of 'color color color,' it's time to relax a little. Color this season is toned down, more muted -- they're not pastels, not brights, but a nuance in-between. We see this relaxation in the prevalence of blues, neutrals, and the classicism of black and white. Designers are still having fun, but don't need the stridency.