May 28, 2015


Style Council of NYC specializes full service in custom artwork, hand painting, CAD, graphics, digital fabric printing, yarn dyes, trend forecasting, and original print designs for clothing and home.  To learn more you can contact them

Here are some of their recent mood boards of Black +White and Tropical Basics inspirations along with some examples of prints they developed for their original print collection.


As summer begins to heat up so should your wardrobe! Tropical patterns are hotter than ever this season and they aren't just reserved for your next island getaway. Nature loving women are embracing these hotter than nature prints in their everyday looks. Natural green palm prints, graphic black and white leaf patterns as well as blue and white exotic foliage help bring the Tiki Bar to the city streets. So lets get you feeling like you are on the beach in paradise with this new summer basic! 

    BLACK + WHITE    

No matter the occasion or season, you can't go wrong with classic black & white! This polished combination adds a degree of sophistication to any pattern and will never go out of style. We used this palette to elevate our intricate paisley designs, bold tribal prints and graphic texture patterns. By not over complicating our color story, the pure beauty of the design shines brighter than ever!

Below are some examples of prints on how we developed this classic look for our original print collection.

May 27, 2015


Trend Council is a fashion trend forecasting company who delivers expert analysis and design inspirations. Their team provides a great wealth of consulting services for all your company's design needs.  Trend Council focuses on the Ladies, Juniors, Mens, Young Mens and Active markets. To learn more about their services, go here.

Here is a preview of their latest Global Color Trend - Pinks, Corals, Yellows, Aquas, Greens and Blues for the S/S 2017 season.

May 26, 2015


A great resource for fashion and creative professionals is an online fashion and trend forecasting agency based in London. They have an extensive data for forecasts and trends in all areas of clothing, accessories and beauty for Mens and Womens. You can shop for all of their trend reports in our Trendstop shop here.

To get your complimentary of Trendstop’s complete Spring/Summer 2015 Women’s Denim Forecast, containing 11 essential denim themes to help with your denim range planning, go here.

    Women's Key Denim Trend F/W 2016-17    

Denim undergoes a transformation for Fall/Winter 2016-17, as shapes are updated with a fresh range of fashion-forward themes. This week, WeConnectFashion readers are presented with 70’s Chic Denim, a womenswear trend that breathes new life into retro denim styles to create 70’s-inspired pieces with a clean, contemporary appeal.

       70’s CHIC DENIM            

Essential new season styles offer directional additions for the winter wardrobe, influenced by the worlds of sport, workwear, DIY culture and beyond. Pinpointed by Trendstop’s denim trend experts, discover how these F/W 2016-17 theme trends bring a wealth of innovative developments to Women’s denim collections, revamping everything from color, wash and surface to silhouette and detailing.

image courtesy Trendstop: Alexander McQueen Resort 2014, Txema Yeste, Valentino Pre-Fall 2015, Paris Street Style 2015.


Women’s denim introduces a 70’s mood with striking patchwork prints, executed in tonal denim blue shades. Clean lines enhance simple cuts, as seen in the form of cropped culottes and flared jeans. Meanwhile, more casual DIY looks can be created with pieced-together materials and raw edgings. Double-denim coordinations make a contemporary statement when formal jackets are styled with jeans.

image courtesy Trendstop: Milan Street Style 2015, Karen Walker Fall/Winter 2015-16, London Street Style 2015, Paris Street Style 2015.


In the Flat Finish trend, Fall/Winter denim emerges with anti-treatment finishes and clean-cut designs. Purist shapes lend a chic appeal, from A-line mini dresses to longline coats. Wide-leg dungarees can be layered over a tactile roll-neck knit for a cozy winter 70’s look, as high-waist silhouettes and shirt collar details emphasize the modern-retro feel.

May 25, 2015


The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Designers are educated with the theory and techniques to enable them to create desirable sustainable clothing via zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction sustainable design techniques.
The 2015/16 competition cycle is open to fashion designers with less than three years’ professional experience and fashion design students living in any Asian or European country*. A total of ten finalists from across the regions will be selected to come to Hong Kong in January 2016 to showcase their minimal waste collections at HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week where career-changing prizes will be awarded.
To learn more and to apply go to their websiteThe EcoChic Design Award
Location: living in any Asian or European country at the time of the application (valid ID/passport/visa/resident permit).
Experience/age: fashion designer with less than three years’ professional fashion design experience or a fashion design student studying in any year at an educational institute in any Asian or European country at the time of the application.
Entry: Free
Deadline: August 15 2015
Prizes: 10 finalists from across the regions will be selected to come to Hong Kong in January 2016 to showcase their minimal waste collections at HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week where career-changing prizes will be awarded.
What is the competition design brief?
You are challenged to design a sustainable womenswear collection that will redress the way contemporary, fashion-loving women see their outer and inner reflection. You designs must inspire your muse to step out into the world confidently wearing her sustainability values stylishly on her sleeve.
You are designing for…
  • A dynamic, contemporary woman aged 25-40 with a sophisticated appreciation of style and modern Chinese aesthetics.
  • She enjoys considered and conscious luxury, where focus is given to quality, tailoring and craftsmanship.
  • She is conscientious about wastefulness in modern living and wishes to be clothed in ways that reflect her style as much as her sentiments about sustainability.
Your sustainable designs must…
  • Cut waste out of fashion by using one or more of the sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction.
  • Take the deeper cut by using textile waste for the up-cycling and reconstruction outfits.
  • Show wider opportunities through being reproducible and scalable.
If you want to redress women in style and sustainability, you must…
  • Design to win. Create three ready-to-wear outfit sketches (not complete outfits) for the open application. If you make the cut to become one of the ten finalists, you must make these three ready-to-wear sketches into complete outfits. To test you further, you must then create two additional complete ready-to-wear outfits and one couture outfit in order to make your mark on the runway.
  • Impress the judges. Your designs will be scored in three categories based on the creative design brief (in the open application and semi-final) and four categories (in the Grand Final) each with equal weighting according to creativity and originality, sustainability, marketability and workmanship (final only).

May 22, 2015


You can also check out her website, to view more of her work and to contact her if you need an illustrator for any projects. To also view her past illustration posts on FV, go here.

©MELANIE BOYCHUK illustration and Fashion Vignette layout. All rights reserved. No part of these images may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, photocopying, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the illustrator.

May 21, 2015


The European Fashion Award FASH is an annual competition by the not-for-profit Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation), in short SDBI. Klaus Steilmann, at the time Europe’s largest manufacturer of women’s fashion, founded SDBI in 1978. 

     European Fashion Award FASH 2016 “Change”     

Prize of the Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation)

We are on the eve of a new era. The European Fashion Award FASH 2016 with the subject “Change” is searching for visions of a new era.

Wars, conflicts and catastrophes are not the only issues that change the way we view our world. There is no question: Digitalisation and globalisation enhance and facilitate our life, yet they also have a fundamental impact on the world. Smartphones make every networking attempt of the past look like a simple prelude. The start-up culture, shareconomy, co- creation, crowdsourcing and swapping, as well as the disruptive business models of international investors have created a completely new kind of economy. Hardly any industry remains unaffected by this change.

How can fashion react to all these changes? Should there be more adaptation, subversive strategies, or should we dream completely new dreams? Who will ride the wave of change and claim the future?

The contest is open to participants from all over the world especially talented design students of all disciplines, but especially from the fashion and textile design areas. Students of full age, currently enrolled in their fourth semester or higher are entitled to participate as well as Master/PhD students in their first semester. In a second category, final projects, theses and dissertations, as well as bachelor and masters projects can be submitted.

Registrations is open from now until August 31st, 2015. The submission deadline is September, 25th, 2015. Find the detailed call on our website

The award purse totals 80,000 Euro. Apart from financial awards of 10,000 Euro the prizewinners participate from the network of SDBI and in the mentoring program founded in

2014. In addition, their works will be presented professionally. The winning work will be photographed by the renowned fashion and portrait photographer Franco P. Tettamanti who is working for clients such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Akris, Vivienne Westwood.

A jury consisting of international design, industry, and media experts will select the award winners according to set criteria. The jury members are Franco P. Tettamanti (Paris), Margareta van den Bosch (Stockholm), who is as Creative Advisor responsible for the H&M Guest Collections,

Antonio Cristaudo (Florence), Global Marketing Development Manager of the world’s most important men’s fashion fair Pitti Uomo, and one of the world’s most knowledgeable Expert of young designers, Jutta Kraus (Paris/Los Angeles) who founded the brand Bernhard Willhelm alongside its namesake, the designers Michael Sontag and Joel S. Horwitz as well as Joachim Schirrmacher (all Berlin).

Platform for Young Designers
The European Fashion Award FASH is an annual competition by the not-for-profit Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation), in short SDBI. Klaus Steilmann, at the time Europe’s largest manufacturer of women’s fashion, founded SDBI in 1978. Today the work of SDBI is based on Messe M√ľnchen and the SDBI Circle of Friends: Allude, Bueronardin, Closed and Freitag.

Copyright Image FASH 2016: © Christof Nardin/SDBI

May 20, 2015


Our feature today is a skilled Activewear Designer,  Holly Downes, who has had over 14 years expert experience designing for the activewear and lifestyle apparel industry.  Her specialty is fusing fashion and fitness.  She has designed for and collaborated with top brands including: Adidas, Splits 59, Off Duty by Joes Jeans, Quiksilver, Love Surf, Asics, Element, and Nike Swim to name a few.  She has also launched several active collections including: Roxy Athletic, O'Neill 365, and a celebrity wellness line that is set to launch in Spring 2016.

She loves the design process from the moment the thought of a new season arises, to the development process and beyond.  She finds it refreshing knowing her creative process evolves along with the seasonal trends.  She also loves building creative direction and telling the story through visual and tangible elements.  

Because she is emerged in the active industry, she also loves to stay active herself.  She practices yoga, loves a great sculpting class and enjoy outdoor runs.  While staying active she also loves wear testing her own designs to ensure performance, comfort, and functionality.  She works out of her home office in Orange County CA.  She has found her creativity to blossom as she balances her active lifestyle with piscina creative society.  She also dedicates time to volunteer at the local animal shelter weekly.  

You can view her work on her website

© Holly Downes - all rights reserved


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