September 2, 2014



Submission Deadline: 30 September, 2014, 6pm CET
Voting Starts: 01 October, 2014, 6pm CET

Stone Age is held as the last period of the Ice Age, where the climate gradually becomes warmer and nature bursts with the last breath of frozen beauty. Mountain peaks are starting to reveal their rock surfaces and glacier streams are slowly formed, covered in a blanked of ice blue. For this month’s scarves design challenge we want you to explore all signs of existence buried under a deep freeze and reflecting the natural evolution of time.

Concentrate on naturally occurring patterns; fossils and organic materials like rock and stone. Take a closer look in to the frozen natural landscape mottled with a muted, dewy shine where color glistens in a watery, wintry light. Think of volcanic grey and winter white perfectly combined into a raw and rugged Arctic camouflage.

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.

To learn more and to submit your designs, go here.

September 1, 2014


Patternbank is an exceptionally great resource with over 20 years in the print, graphics and fashion industryTheir global research brings you essential inspiration ideas for graphics, prints and patternsmaking Patternbank a valuable resource and intelligence tool for any business, designer or buyer.  To stay informed of their reports, sign up for the Patternbank Weekly Digest here.  

Below is a preview of their Print Trend Report Part I Spring/Summer 2016.  You can order their report here 

Spring/Summer season is here again! Patternbank are excited to release Part 1 of our unmissable Spring/Summer 2016 print & pattern trend report. Our specialist forecasters have selected the most directional and progressive trend themes to help you plan your new print developments for Spring/Summer 2016.
Plan your prints with confidence with these eight print trends that have been divided into mood boards, print direction pages and colour palette/inspiration pages, complete with TCX Pantone references. Our directional mood boards set the scene with imagery chosen to create an atmosphere for the trend; our print direction pages break down the mood and focus on inspirational print direction visuals to offer you a concise reference. Explore 16 commercially relevant print trend themes that can help you develop and plan your new seasonal collections.  All images are credited for your convenience, providing the opportunity to further your research on key trends.
  • 8 key print trends for Spring/Summer 2016

  • Over 50 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 150 on trend hand-picked colour images

  • Seasonal print mood & print direction pages for each trend

  • Colour breakdowns for each print trend with TCX Pantone references

August 29, 2014


A great resource for fashion and creative professionals is is one of the world's leading 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 To view Trendstop's site, check out the full details here.

Here are their early trend color indicator for the Spring/Summer 2016 palette.  To purchase a copy of their report, go here


Image courtesy Trendstop: Fendi, Alexander Wang, Christian Dior, all Spring/Summer 2014, WHIT, Ditte Isager. 

A soft, barely-there shade of Quartz Gray has been highlighted as a key neutral for the new Spring/Summer season. Simple dresses look romantic with sheer fabrics at Fendi, while Alexander Wang's patent chunky sole shoes make a modern statement. Elsewhere, Christian Dior demonstrates a fresh update on a vintage look with satiny pleats on a midi skirt.

Image courtesy Trendstop: Roberto Cavalli, Parkchoonmoo, both Spring/Summer 2014, Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham from Patternity, Thakoon. 

This color is ideal for Junior and Contemporary Market collections, lending a clean, chic dimension to apparel and accessories alike. Roberto Cavalli opts for ethnic elegance with a tasseled and beaded dress, as Parkchoonmoo mixes matte and shine on a pair of peep-toe booties. Thakoon's fluid tailored pants appeal with a luxe tactility.


Image courtesy Trendstop: Mulberry, Christopher Kane, Karen Walker, all Spring/Summer 2014, Kim Kyung Soo at Galerie Paris.

This creamy nude pink resonates with a hint of 40's-style glamour, lending a feminine finish to products. Mulberry's tonal striped ensemble feels elegantly summery, while Christopher Kane adds interest to a simple, demure two-piece with foil trim cut-outs. Karen Walker's ladylike leather bag feels expressly chic.

Image courtesy Trendstop: Christopher Kane, Miu Miu, Organic by John Patrick, all Spring/Summer 2014, Building Block Bags, Taisuke Koyama. 

Suitable for all Market levels, Oyster Pink is a versatile neutral that can be applied to a range of fabrications. Christopher Kane experiments with pairings of jersey and silk, as loose-fit linens feel effortless at Organic by John Patrick. Over at Miu Miu, supple leathers are shaped into striking knee-high lace-up boots.

August 28, 2014


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.

August 27, 2014


Trend Book is a comprehensive trend book for the latest details and new inspiration for women's bags and shoes.  Here are previews of their latest trend information which contains the seasonal concepts with inspirational images, color cards, color combinations, fashion photos and model sketches as well as many exclusive proposals for women's bags and shoes.  

For trend bags, you can order here and for trend shoes, you can order here.

August 26, 2014


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.

August 25, 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. It's so great to see her back on her blog with her print and pattern trend reports.  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


Pull out those paint brushes and prepare to get messy for the next trend featured in our review of Resort 2015 prints. Distressed textures are all the rave, and these ones are of the colorful variety. If this concept is too abstract for your normal customer, use it more sparingly as a texture in a stripe or geometric design.
Nonoo, Vionnet, Roksanda Ilincic all via
Background print © Aaryn West

We are such big fans of this bold, colorful trend that has been going strong for well over a year. Traditionally, color blocking originates more from the side of fashion design and sewing construction rather than textiles, but there’s no reason you can’t incorporate this look into your print designs. It’s even a little like the collage / Matisse trend that’s been growing in popularity, although more simplified and dramatically enlarged. Be sure to check out the Resort collections from Missoni, Roland Mouret, and Prabal Gurung for additional examples on how to apply this look to your own designs.
Novis, Jonathan Simkhai, Roksanda Ilincic all via
Background print © Aaryn West

When designing florals for your next Resort collection, consider the bold bloom as a good place to start. These high contrast, stylized florals keep things simple by using a larger scale and few repeating elements.
Rebecca Taylor, ChloĆ©, Antonio Marras all via
Background print © Aaryn West

Moving right along in our series of posts highlighting the most important Resort 2015 runway trends, we have abstract, painterly brush stroke prints. Keeping the color palette minimal or subdued will give designs a more sophisticated feel to an otherwise youthful and chaotic trend.
Piazza Sempione, Barbara Bui, Prabal Gurung all via
Background print © Aaryn West

 As both animal skins and novelty prints have been growing in popularity over the last few seasons, it makes perfect sense that butterflies would reemerge as a Resort print trend. Whether presented as small and cute, or enlarged and abstracted, the intricate and colorful patterns found inside of their wings can be stylized to work within a wide range of markets.

Valentino, Matthew Williamson, Temperley London all via
Background print © Aaryn West


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