Thursday, April 29, 2010

AW10 l Stripes

Tsimori Chisato
Mint Design, Discovered, Matohu, AirasaraBalenciaga
Above are some of our favorite stripes from Autumn/Winter '10 runways. From super bold to soft and sweet, stripes are...the new black.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AW10 l Japan Fashion Week l Lace and Crochet

Motonari Ono, Mint Design, Tokuko 1er Vol (x2), background, Pattern People
Here at the Pattern People studios, we've been obsessed with hand-drawn lace prints, and over in Japan, lace and crochet are being used in a variety of creative and fresh applications. We especially love the lace cumberbund of Motonari Ono, and the black crochet used in Tokuko 1er Vol's collection.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Japan Fashion Week AW10 l Folkloric

Everlasting Sprout

Japanese labels Everlasting Sprout and Phenomenon featured sweater knits woven with folkloric charm. Sprout's presentation had a hand-made child-like sensibility that echoed Wes Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox (which you must rent now if you haven't seen it. It is a heart-felt caper full of delicious visual details.) The naive artwork on Phenomenon's men's wear line is a warm contrast to the dark and tough 90's grunge look of the other pieces in the line, and also reminds me of some house wars I saw at Anthropologie recently.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Interiors | Milan Furniture Fair - Moooi

Nika Zupanc table set from the Five O'Clock collection, Neri and Hu Emperor's Lamp

Marcel Wanders Monster Chair from the Boutique Leather Collection
photos via mocoloco

The Milan Furniture Fair, otherwise known as, "il Salone," celebrated its 49th year this last week. This pivotal fair is known as the design event where you can find innovation and tradition in a mash up of styles. One of our favorite design groups, Moooi, presented a range of pieces which are both imaginative and functional. Always at the forefront, Marcel Wanders didn't disappoint. His quilted leather Monster Chair features a tonal debossed face playfully placed on the upper back rest. Likewise, the huge, blown up roses reminiscent of English porcelain make a fresh statement on Nika Zupanc's 5 O'Clock Collection. It appears the fashion world's obsession with roses is having its effect on interiors.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Market Trends | Welcome to the Jungle

Rug Diane Von Furstenberg for The Rug Company, Dress See by Chloe, Dress Acne, Top Mother of Pearl, Necklace Annie Costello Brown, Shoe KG by Kurt Geiger

Escape to the jungle this spring with prints ranging from snake skin to tiger lillies.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

SP10 | Dagmar

SP10 Dagmar, Rosemarie Fiore

Hisham Bharoocha, SP10 Dagmar photos courtesy of Varg PR

Kaleidoscopic, celestial, patchwork prints are just a few of the designs you can find in the Spring 10 collection by Swedish label, Dagmar. With 1940s references, the line features feminine, voluminous draperies with contrasting details like zips and metal chain. Dedicated to the Bombasse, the garments have an elegant air perfect for the sophisticated, yet arty, woman.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Printsource April Show

Get ready for another great event hosted by Printsource next Tuesday and Wednesday. Print studios from around the globe will be converging on New York next week to showcase their latest designs. Also, look for trend presentations from Promostyl and lectures by other industry specialists.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

AW10 | Jean-Pierre Braganza

AW10 Braganza, molten lava

earth's cloud layer from space, AW10 Braganza

AW10 Braganza, cooled lava
photos courtesy of Trace

Jean-Pierre Braganza's latest collection, Cylonatron, draws inspiration from "the utilitarian lines of Bauhaus and the contrast between pure geometric symmetry and the curves of a woman’s body." His continuing obsession with science fiction appears in the details with seams and angles surrounding the body in an architectural manner. Part cyborg, part molten metal, the prints range from flowing and organic to kaleidoscopic and controlled. Braganza's tailoring precision comes through in each piece, almost as if he was creating uniforms for the future.

His Spring collection, Psychadelactica, featuring skeletal-like prints, is out now.

Available at Seven in New York and Start in London.

Friday, April 2, 2010

New U.S. Army Camo

MultiCam vs. Woodland camo
The U.S military has recently adopted a new camo called the MultiCam. The old Woodland camo just did not work in the new terrains that U.S. wars are now being fought in – desert and even concrete and rock. The MultiCam was developed to work in all terrains; woods, desert, or towns, by somehow reflecting light better and looking more neutral in a variety of environments. Read more about how the MultiCam was developed here: MultiCam site.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

AW10 | Clarissa Labin

photos courtesy of Varg PR

Berlin-based designer, Clarissa Labin, is no newcomer to fashion despite this being the first season for her collection. A former accessories designer at Dior as well as H & M, Labin combines high street cool with a touch of luxe to create her innovative woven wonders. Labin experiments with texture and color for an unique and edgy look designed with the daring individual in mind. Cabled details, oversize shapes and bold graphics are just a few of the elements you'll find in this beautifully structured and sophisticated collection. We can't wait to get our hands on these textural pieces come Autumn.