October 1, 2014

TRENDS // TRENDSTOP - COLORS S/S 2016

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. 

    LUMINOUS MINT    
This fresh pistachio mint hue is infused with a pastel brightness that enlivens the palette, refreshing woven fabrics, tweeds and jacquards. Simple shapes work best to allow the shade to speak for itself - look to Calvin Klein's rustic coordination or 3.1 Phillip Lim's tonal patterned pairing. Christopher Kane adds a statement with white-edged cut-outs.


    COSMIC LAVENDER    
Powdery lavender is upgraded with a mirrored finish, lending apparel a chemical, subtly futuristic feel. Tailored suiting feels ultra-feminine at MM6, as loose-fit T-dresses take on a newfound elegance at Alexander Wang. Elsewhere, Versace's embossed leather ensemble exudes a modern luxe for evening.



September 30, 2014

[ TREND + PRINT REPORT ] AARYN WEST STUDIO

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 Spring'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.

     BLACK AND WHITE TRIBAL    


While there’s nothing necessarily groundbreaking about this one, a good monochromatic tribal geometric group is essential for your Spring 2015 collection. Experiment with scale and technique for ways to keep this trend looking fresh. Check out the spring shows from L.A.M.B.Adam LippesNanette Lepore, and Ulla Johnson for more great examples.
Pam & Gela, Temperley London, Tory Burch all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West
    JUNGLE RHYTHM    



Tropical leaf prints have been steadily growing in popularity over the last year or so, and if you follow our Leafy pinterest board you will need no proof of this. And if the Spring runway shows have any sway, they won’t be going away anytime soon. In fact, this board was a little hard to make only because there were so many great runway designs to choose from, it was difficult to decide which to use! Check out the spring shows fromJosie NatoriTomas MaierNicole Miller and Matthew Williamson to get more ideas on how to approach this trend.
Osklen, Clover Canyon, Tracy Reese all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West
   MOD SQUAD   



One of our absolute favorite eras in textile design turned out to be a major theme on the runway this season; the groovin’ 60s and 70s. Today we’re featuring quirky geos that would give any Mod a good flashback. For additional examples of this hip trend, check out collections from Trina Turk and Orla Kiely.
Isa Arfen, dsquared2, Libertine all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West



September 29, 2014

TRENDS // TRENDSTOP - WOMEN'S PRINT & PATTERN . S/S 2016

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 Print & Pattern trends for the S/S 2016 season. Go here to order your copy. 



   OFF BEAT ORIENTAL BLOOMS   
Flowers of the Orient are reworked with a modern eye, infusing Spring/Summer 2016 apparel with an organic edge of sophistication. Botanical blossoms stand out in large sizes at Christopher Kane, as sheer layering makes for double the fun at Jonathan Saunders. At Temperley London, delicate florals materialize in multiple scales and come fused with leopard print paneling.



    THE NEW DAISY    
Sweet daisy florals toughen up to embody a more urban edge, as interpreted through stark colorways, outlines and graphic print overlays. Clean white blooms flourish on sporty Stella McCartney tees, as Chanel goes 3D with beaded embellishment on white tops. Cushnie et Ochs taps into a more artistic mood with hand-drawn doodles on an asymmetric shape.


September 26, 2014

DESIGN COMPETITION // TEXTILE FEDERATION - RIGHT ON!

The Brief - Textile Federation

Taking inspiration from the psychedelic art movement of the 60′s and 70′s and referencing artists such as Peter Max, Miguel Calatayud and Celia Birkwell, as well as the early music poster scene of the time, the aim of this project is to produce innovative print designs to be used in our S/S15 collections of womenswear and accessories, to be sold across some of the world’s largest fashion retailers including Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Asos.com and more.


6 winners will be selected, each receiving £500. Winners will consist of a range of digital and screen prints, both as repeats or placements. Screen prints must use no more than 6 colours and repeats should be seamless in all directions. If submissions appear to be repeats then we expect them to be so unless stated clearly in the design description.
Submission deadline is October 19, 2014.  Go here to learn more and to submit your designs.  

September 25, 2014

TRENDS // LANXESS - LEATHER . A/W 2015-16

From the leather experts from Lanxess in collaboration with the fashion stylist Rino Leporatti, here are the latest leather fashion trends.  Go here to learn more about Lanxess and to view the full report.

Four trend topics of the leather trends for the autumn-winter season 2015/2016:

DARKNESS CHIC
Darkness is characterized by the absence of light. The interplay between light and dark draws the attention by emphasizing the contrast. Creating a clean, minimalistic elegance that brings out a refined simplicity, reinventing the magic of dark.
  • Glossy and firm calfskin
  • Oily brush off leather
  • Patent leather with light and shadow effect

GREAT BEAUTY
The sensitivity and charm of an ageless beauty just needs a few small details to enhance the piece, making it unique and precious. Great beauty is the rediscovery of ltalian history, awakening the ghost of centuries-old culture in a modern and simply beautiful kind of way.
  • Fine crocodile and python
  • Sheep skin opalescent / glossy look
  • Matt, satin, metal finishing effects

ROMANTIC FLAIR
Dreaming of a romantic world with objects and moods that tell poems and fables from an intriguing, passionate past. Reflection on strong emotions and the beauty of nature is the source of aesthetic experience and the recognition of the picturesque – emphasizing the subjective, the imaginative and the visionary.
  • Calfskin with floral designs
  • Velvet-printed suede
  • Semi-dull lacquer with porcelain-effect

ORGANIC INSPIRATION
Natural Iooks based on inspiration from the purest forms of organic beauty. Getting back to the roots of earth by corresponding to color palettes and texture sets of natural spaces. At once, considering a sustainable material design in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility. 
  • Calfskin with light specific weight
  • Printed nubuck
  • Sheepskin suede with writing effect

September 24, 2014

FEATURE // RADHA DUMRA - FASHION DESIGNER

Fashion Designer Radha Dumra was born in London, UK and raised in India.  She relocated to London to attend the London College of Fashion where she graduated with a degree in Knitwear Design.  Her initial exposure to the fashion industry came from the family business that has been in the knitwear industry for 35 years. 

Radha's passion for fashion and textile led to the inception of her London based knitwear label in 2011 "Radha Dumra".  Her designs represent the dual nature of the emerging subcontinent: contemporary and unapologetically edgy yet introspective and deeply rooted in the redefining of its ancient culture. The Radha Dumra label are currently stocked in boutiques in London, Japan, Israel, Australia, India and online fashion boutiques such as "Not Just A Label".  The brand has also been featured in Vogue UK and Harper's Bazaar.

Below are images from her collection - ECO A/W 14
Her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection invites you to awaken your inner eco warrior and take a ride back to the roots of the Earth with these eco chic, down to earth yet fashion forward sports luxe looks. Inspired by tropical nature and plants like monstera and palm fronds with details like laser cutting, perforations, cutouts, mesh panels and quilting...

Go here to view the rest of her look book and her past seasonal collections.


© Radha Dumra - all rights reserved.  

September 23, 2014

TRENDS // PATTERN PEOPLE- FABRIC + COLOR

Pattern People is a surface design studio founded by designers Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery. Their studio provides a collection of thousands of ready-made print designs available for immediate use on apparel, paper products, beauty packaging, accessories, interiors and more.  They are also available for commissioned design and can develop to your project's specifications. Visit their site here, to browse their inspiration blog and shop tutorials, trend guides and designer tools. 


For Winter 2015, you can download their trend guide here to help you with your design process. This report features 8 key print trends, color trends with TCX Pantone reference and over 250 inspirational images.

Below are reposts from their blog - inspirational COLOR/PATTERN mood boards.

    FUN FUR    

Brandon Sun | Nagi Sakai for Harper’s Bazaar Germany | Altuzarra


    MIRRORED METAL    


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