October 24, 2014


We are re-featuring talented Fashion Designer Martijn van Strien who has recently launched an experimental fashion label called m p h v s.

If ever the worlds of fashion and science were located on two different sides of the universe, Martijn van Strien is well on this way to assemble them together into one perfect dark harmony. He creates a world where anything is possible and constantly changing. Urban becomes rural, ugly turns into beauty and rainbows come in black and white. Ever future-focused, his aim is to make the best possible version of everything. Textile design might just be the beginning.

Van Strien’s interest in the technical side of fashion and design made him stand out at the Design Academy Eindhoven where he graduated in December 2012. There he specialised in textile design and trend forecasting. Skills and knowledge he developed further at the Textile Department of Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, focusing on handcrafts and textile manufacturing. 

His two graduation projects at DAE, Threads for Cockaigne and Dystopian Brutalist Outerwear, received wide international praise and recognition. Both collections arose from imaginative worlds and abstract concepts. The first found inspiration in craftsmanship from the past, Medieval tales in particular. While the second explored future and ‘sustainable’ adaptations of textile design. For this he was awarded a prestigious ‘Keep an Eye’ grant during the Dutch Design Week, to continue designing and experimenting with various materials. This grant was used to develop a new collection and launch a new experimental fashion label, mphvs, in October 2014.

His interest in future-focused and sustainable fashion, brought him to Antwerp, where he assisted fashion designer Bruno Pieters at Honest By. Besides exploring material sourcing, his work included all the Honest by graphic design, website, publicity and organising a book project. 

 ‘’Nothing endures but change’’, (Heraclitus) and in the case of Van Strien this craving for evolution has become a recurring element in his work. Intrigued by the speed of fashion, standing still will never be an option for the young creator. In order to do this, it is important to keep your eyes open at all times, discovering and analysing new things. Preferably with one eye peeking into the future. 

At the same time, he likes the mystery of not knowing how something is constructed. It is this curiosity that makes him want to take a new approach to ‘sustainable’ fashion, working with recycled or organic-based synthetic materials instead of the old fashioned eco materials like organic hemp or cotton. He plans to develop his expertise in textile design through partnerships with established studios in the fashion industry. 

In the world of Martijn van Strien anything is possible, styled and constantly evolving.


© Martijn van Strien - all rights reserved.  

contra • dictions

"Here the boundaries meet and all contradictions exist side by side." - Fyodor Dostoevsky in 'The Brothers Karamazov'.

Inspired by a man who travels the edges of his existence. 
The cuts and patterns reflect his journey and originated in the buildings, bridges and other man-made structures he passed. 

Made using high-tech equipment to turn unconventional materials into wearable pieces, this collection is an exploration into the future of fashion. Taking a parallel path to the opportunities 3d-printing brings to product design, this technique makes one-of-a-kind, custom garments possible to exactly fit the “consumer’s” size and demands. A 21st century approach to haute couture.

The shapes are inspired by architecture. They’re kept simple and square because the main focus is on the material. It’s a ‘unisex’ collection because I don’t believe in the difference between men and women. Physically there doesn’t have to be much difference, so also what they wear can be similar. The pieces are all made from one and the same material, a pvc tarp in either black or white. All seams are welded in straight lines

The material came from a long research into the possibilities of making heavy industrial materials lighter, flexible and more wearable. The goal was to add different qualities to one piece of material to eliminate the need to use different materials in one garment. All holes and outlines are cut into the material by using a laser cutter. Which makes it easy to adapt a garment to specific sizes, prints or other requirements. Each garment can be unique, there is no need to mass-produce large amounts of the same garment.

The mood of the collection is inspired by a man traveling the edges of his existence. Its about staying on the move, visiting different places, looking for the unknown in search of yourself. It’s about being confused and lost and liking it, about perpetual change. About the contrast between real and unreal, between organic and geometric, alive and dead, material and no material.

image credits:
photos.  Olya Oleinic
hair & make-up.  Cristina Vila
models.  Ian @ FIC  &  Katie @ Paparazzi


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October 23, 2014


A great resource for fashion and creative professionals is Trendstop.com 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 Men's and Women's.

Here are a couple of key Women's color trends for the S/S 2016 season. Go here to order your copy. 


Replacing Winter's Ermine Purple, a deep, red-toned purple creates the rich appeal of Grape Juice. Mary Katrantzou works with a brogue-inspired digital print on an unconventional dress, as satiny textures look elegant on slit skirts at Emilio de la Morena. House of Holland demonstrates a more casual approach with a plain fabric surface.


Beetle Black makes the transition from Winter, refreshed with a vivid green tint while retaining a rich iridescent gloss. Antipodium applies the shade with shimmering pleats to a layered dress, while black and white contrasts add emphasis at Mary Katrantzou. Supple leather textures add a rich finish, as seen in Simone Rocha's coat.

October 22, 2014


Wolverine Leathers is the global leader of Performance Leather which offers an array of performance features, colors, weights and other varieties. Their speciality is in working with designers, product development and sourcing to meet their needs in footwear design. Some of their clients include UGG, DKNY, Adidas and Vans to name a few.  Go here to learn more about their company. 

Here is a preview of their Sprint/Summer 2016 trends where you can view the entire report here for their colors and materials. Their trends are inspired by 4 concepts: Le Printemps, Artland, Rah Rah and Mesa.


Set in Paris in thé 1880s, la belle époque, a time of great economic prosperity, entertainment, intellect and creativity.  Colors: soft elegant ranges of silken blues and pink, set against luminous limestone, wrought iron and bright pops of geranium. 

Set in an artist colony on the fringes of the city (any city) and celebrates the vibrant new fusion of contemporary art, music and fashion.  Colors feature oil paint colors set against a canvas white and urban grey.
    RAH RAH    

Takes us back to the authentic fun and competition of 1970s team sports - pre-tech, pre-juice. Colors based on the sports, pennants, players and cheerleaders graphically juxtaposed and oh-so-familiar retro shades of shrimp, mint, grass maize and varsity blue.

Is a beautiful arid story set in the deserts of the southwestern United States feature red rocks, terra-cotta, adobe, desert sky sage brush, silver mine metals and cactus.

October 21, 2014



Submission Deadline: 15 November, 2014, 6pm CET
Voting Starts: 16 November, 2014, 6pm CET

As the skies turn greyer and the wind starts to bring a frosty chill breezing around us, we’re feeling in need of a little comforting here at Front Row Society. So for this month’s scarves challenge, we’ve decided to indulge our sweet tooth with a delectable array of sugary shades in our “Pastel Abstraction” challenge. Think simple poster style graphics in vintage sweet shop shades of candy floss pink and lemon sherbet; or contrast soft clouds of baby blues and dreamy purples with bold geometric forms. 

This competition is for scarves. As always, don’t forget that your print might need to be adjusted to fit the appropriate template. All templates are marked with design specifications to help you get your design just right. Please note that all Front Row Society templates may differ slightly from final manufacturing specifications, so make sure your print is versatile and flexible enough for production.

What can you win?

Each winner receives a one-off immediate prize of 200€ . plus one of their products when it arrives in stock. But that is not all - each & every time we sell 500 pieces of your design, you will receive an additional €200. This means that FRS can continue to embody the spirit of fashion democracy, rewarding our top designs again...and again...and again! We will also conduct an interview with the winner, publicizing their design across the fashion community in Berlin and worldwide.

Go here to learn more and to submit your designs.

October 20, 2014


COLOR SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL is a color resource provider in partnership with DYSTAR, a textile coloration specialist provide consultancy in all areas of coloration and finishing technology. Here is a collaboration of their recent color trend boards, for their Intimates Inspirations for the SS 2016 Pre-Season. To view their recent trend inspirations, go here. To learn more about these two expertise's, go here.

A little bit of dainty elegance, a dash of glamorous appeal, a drop of playful charm – she is a princess in her fairy kingdom. Life is about beauty and kindness she believes. The summer’s splendor is a feast, feeding her senses, with the sweet smell of rose gardens, with the warm touch of the sun on her skin, with the delicate taste of fruity gelato and the gentle piano sounds. The dream-like vibrancy of color in the warm summer days makes her happy and ecstatic.

She likes her life of independence and peace. Her everyday soaked into an immense flow of inspiration and self-exploration. She is natural and somewhat romantic. She likes to prepare things in her own quiet and elegant way. Mornings are her favorite time of the day, no need to hurry, no need to overindulge with extreme everyday interactions. Every word that she says she tastes carefully on the tip of her tongue to make sure she gave it just the right dose of meaning and love. She knows life is string of beginnings and every day is a prelude to something new.

She is a true believer that mystical powers are moving and directing us in mysterious ways. She feels that all nature’s creations are sacred. She approaches her everyday endeavors as rituals that need to be performed with great poise and affection. She craves eternal youth and believes that beauty is reflection of the soul. She loves the mountains not as a destination to conquer, but as a place to worship nature and a place to reflect on her inner peace, a place where she can reach for harmony and solitude. She adores the fragile beauty of exotic flowers but she is equally attracted to the dark power of the stormy cobalt skies.

Her life is about balance and exploration. She wants to know about the world and travels not for leisure but to connect with different cultures and people on deeper more spiritual level. She is a multilingual citizen of the world, her mind is bright and colorful. She takes her body on the quest for self-discovery trough yoga and meditation. She is pure by heart and strong by will. She is a gatherer of experiences and fascinating stories which resonate deep into her soul. She is a creator and storyteller of the new urban folklore.

October 17, 2014


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.

Below is a peek of their recent SS16 trend KABUKI which includes key call outs for the trend and colors.

October 16, 2014


Today's post [ TREND + PRINT REPORT ], is from FV print and fashion contributor AARYN WEST of Aaryn West Studio based in Los Angeles, California. Below are her most recent print trend call outs from the Resort '15 collections.  

Aaryn West Studio is a design studio specializing in bespoke prints and patterns for application on nearly any surface in the fashion, interior, and gift design industries.  Go here, to check out her website

    CAT LADY    

Novelty prints are having a major moment right meow. So much so that it was a little difficult deciding which ones to report on. From common favorites like birds and butterflies, to the still-going-strong selection of tropical fruits (pineapples and bananas, anyone?), conversationals are a hot commodity for Spring 2015. Cats make for a relevantly quirky choice because they satisfy not only the ‘cute animal’ category, but can also merchandise well with the tropical themes that will no doubt dominate the season. Here Kitty, Kitty!
Giles, Alice + Olivia, Libertine all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West

    MIXED BOHO    

The bohemian look has been going strong for a several seasons now, and from what we are seeing on the runway this spring it won’t be fading away anytime soon. With influences from all over the globe and a penchant for mixing various dense and ornate motifs, the bohemian babe is no wall flower. For additional research on how to master the mixed boho trend, also see the new collections from print-mixing prosDuro Olowu and Anna Sui.
Etro, Preen Line, Just Cavalli all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West


While not all of your clients are likely to jive with this trend, we were quite eager to cover it. There were even several examples of it in the Resort 2015 shows, so we weren’t entirely surprised to see it pop up again for Spring, especially among the Italian designers. We are loving the variety of approaches used in presenting such iconographic imagery – from traditional black and white to modern color blocking, and even digital glitch. I could easily see this trend working well in combination with floral elements, or even as a simple novelty. For more takes on this trend also seeMarios Schwab and Fausto Puglisi.
Versace, Neil Barrett, KTZ all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West


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