August 22, 2014

TRENDS // TREND COUNCIL - COLOR SS/2016

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.

From their COLOR LAB for SS 2016  - neutrals


August 21, 2014

DESIGN COMPETITION // TALENTHOUSE - DESIGN A SHOW-STOPPING SHAWL FOR STEVIE NICKS



THE BRIEF
Legendary American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks invites fashion designers and stylists across the world to design a show-stopping shawl inspired by her mystical visual style and symbolic lyrics.

Designers can submit a ready-made shawl design or a sketch. Both should include a written description about why they think this shawl would be appealing to Stevie Nicks. The selected artist will receive $2,000 of which they will be required to produce their final piece. 

A professional photograph of Stevie Nicks wearing the shawl will be taken for the selected artist to include in their portfolio. The photograph and winner will receive an official feature on stevienicksofficial.com and across her social channels, potentially being seen by millions globally.
THE 
CAREER OPPORTUNITY
One designer as selected by Stevie Nicks will receive:
  • $2,000, part of which must be used to produce the shawl
  • Their shawl sent to Stevie Nicks to wear for a professional portfolio shot (the shawl will be returned)
  • The digital photo, plus a credit across the official channels of Stevie Nicks and Warner Bros. Records
  • Submit By: September 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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

August 20, 2014

TRENDS // PRINTS & MORE - FALL/WINTER 2015-16

Prints & More is a color and trend forecast which encompasses four seasonal trend themes.  Each trend theme is provided with color and mood boards with at least 100 pattern designs.  This trend forecast is ideal for anyone who works with high-fashion printed patterns which can be used for garment production, accessories, home textiles and much more.

For their Fall/Winter 2015-16 trend forecast, go here to order your copy. 

August 19, 2014

DESIGN COMPETITION // BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL + VOGUE/DESIGNER FASHION FUND





The Fund was launched by BFC Chairman Harold Tillman in September 2008 as a legacy project for the BFC’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Those supporting The Fund are Burberry, Debenhams, Harrods, LF Europe, Marks & Spencers, Paul Smith, Topshop, Clothing at Tesco and Vogue.

The Fund provides one British based designer with £200,000 and access to high level mentoring support - additional awards of mentoring and business support may be allocated to finalists at the judging panel’s discretion.

The aim of The Fund is to assist talented British designers with the potential for commercial growth to start making the transition from a developing creative business to a global fashion brand.

In order to be eligible for this scheme, designers must have an established business based within the UK. They must have UK and international stockists and support from key media. The winner must demonstrate a clear vision for their business and how The Fund will contribute to their growth with a focus on creating a global brand.

Please ensure you complete the following four application steps:
  1. Designers will need to fill out the online application form [^]
  2. Send a copy of your business plan (including your end of year accounts).
  3. Tell us how The Fund will help.
  4. Send a copy of your portfolio. 
Deadline: The deadline is Friday 17th October 2014.

To learn more about the competition, go here

August 18, 2014

TRENDS // TREND COUNCIL - WOMENS SS/2016 - BELLE DU JOUR + BOURGEOIS BOUDOIR

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.






August 15, 2014

TRENDS // MARE DI MODA - SWIMSWEAR S/S 2016

Mare di Moda, is the leading European exhibition for beach, swimwear and lingerie fabrics and accessories.  Their Spring/Summer 2016 trends is divided into six different themes,  Africa-inspired frenzy, clashing designs, sculptural, geometric, sporty leisure swimwear, romantic, bohemian looks and red-carpet elegance with new colors and textures for swimwear and body wear.

To learn more, go here and their next exhibition is scheduled for Nov 11-13, 2014 at the Palais Des Festivals in Cannes.

   JUNGLE FEVER   

Jungle Fever swimwear is a celebration of Africa with all its diversity, extremes and contradictions. It is about mixing things that have never been mixed before - organic, man-made, natural and digital. North African kaftans, djellabas, tunics and ponchos inspire cover-ups for men and women.

Lacy fabrics with technical finishes together with traditional tribal patterns; dry cotton with wild jungle prints alongside skin hide effects; and techno laser cut openwork polyester with fake leather.

Colours depict the sensory rush of a tropical rain forest, vegetation shades with flashes of acid depicting flowers or tropical birds. The digitally pushed acid extremes are countered by khaki and deep Burgundy.


   RAVE COUTURE   

Rave Couture swimwear is a celebration of op art, where optical illusions trick the eye and engender movement, warping and depth. Often in black and white, these optical designs immediately bring sophisticated glamour and opulence to simply designed outfits. Tight corsets and body shaping techniques celebrate hourglass feminine figures, while high-waist briefs expose bare upper midriffs.

Refined elegance requires silky satin and subtle sparkle; these fabrics work as chic grounds for expressive graphic patterns, based on embroidery, sequins or beads in muted metallic shades, or printed on digitally.

Optical illusions take centre stage; geometric patterns explore the celebration of op art and produce disorienting effects. Grounds of muted metallic shades exalt the modern, acid brights and flashes of silver are used for the optical designs.


    MEMPHIS SPORT   

This swimwear celebrates the humour and kitsch of the 1980s. This is overtly, even exaggeratedly sporty and performance oriented swimwear, so racy shapes, streamlining trims and bold colour blocking is used alongside ergonomic designs.

Sporty, go-faster swimwear fabrics are now used in neoprene and compact constructions. Performance enhancing effects, including racy colours, combine with compression panels, tech finishes and plastic sheen.

Mosaics sit alongside tangrams and colourful geometric shapes and designs, as a moratorium on floral patterning is declared. Playful, energetic and optimistic shades characterize the theme, slightly retro-kitsch sport staples contrast with each other and with black and white detailing. 


   BRUTAL GLAM   

A world of dark, fierce and severe cosmic goddesses, who stand proud and protected in their techno armour is depicted in this swimwear. Brutalist compositions inspire basic, rational shapes that translate into paired-down futuristic outfits in black monochrome or dark, nocturnal shades.

Leather and latex; rubber and studs, zips, nails, rings, beads and iron create armoured looks inspired by animal (elephant) and reptile skins or by beaten metal or chainmail. Skin relief patterns are counter-posed by inter galactic star sprays and digitally generated 3D mapping program me designs.

Cold, cosmic colours include black and intense saturated darks together with greenish black with an oily sheen form the backdrop to pearlescent silvers and lilacs. Swimwear is forged from strong, bold shapes with contouring, sharp lines


   ARTIST'S GARDEN   

This bodywear is a celebration of romanticism and aesthetic pleasure. Languid silhouettes are produced from flowing fabrics and floating, loosely cut pyjamas and trousers. Flowers and botanical drawings of meandering flower stems and lush vegetation cover whole garments or are scattered tastefully.

Fabrics with a luxurious hand such as silk satins are used as the base for elegant, floral prints and jacquard designs. Modern finishing techniques produce fabrics with enamel-like or porcelain aspects.

Tones reminiscent of fabrics dyed with natural dyestuffs, earthy shades of terra-cotta  beeswax, shell and fern are used with radically new digital printing techniques.



   SENSORY   

This bodywear represents a healthy and strong vision of feminine beauty. Lingerie garments are reminiscent of the clean, flowing sculptural lines of modernist architecture: forms are simple and minimalist, strict and pure, but sensual in their gentle contouring curves and white flawlessness.

Emo-fabrics employ perfume and sensory stimuli to calm the mood. Lightweight textiles with smooth surfaces have a cosmetic soapy, creamy or foamy hand to create a subtle, pleasurable sensation in wear. 


August 14, 2014

FASHION ILLUSTRATION // SANDRA SUY

FASHION ILLUSTRATOR >> Sandra Suy

Born and currently living in Barcelona, Sandra Suy has many talents having designed graphics,  prints and her amazing fashion illustrations.  She's has a great list of clients who she has worked with, to name a few, Diesel, Elle, Zara, Chloe and many more. To view her amazing portfolio of fashion illustrations, go here.




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