Monday, December 27, 2010

Pattern Picks: Sequins

Sequins are all the rage these days, and with new years eve almost here and sales raging, it's the perfect time to stock up on festive sparkles and jewels. Here are some of our favorite retail picks.

1. TopShop Knitted Sequin Jumper, $85,
2. West Elm Sequin Animals, now $9.97 at West Elm ($5 of sale goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hopital)
3. Parker Sequin Dress, $297, at
4. Ashish Sequin Silk Pants, $550, at
5. Sequin Oversize top, 11 pounds at

(special thanks to dirk schuster for gifting us the beautiful font used on the numbers.)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Red Hot

Guy Bourdin

Yayoi Kusama | Verner Panton

This feisty color adds a bit of spice to the holiday season.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

10 Gifts for the Pattern Lover

Sugar and spice and everything patterned is nice. Here are our top picks for holiday gift giving:

1. Notebooks
Sanna Annukka

2. Playing Cards

3. Hosiery

4. Kenzo Book

5. Blocks

6. Erdem x
Globe Trotter Luggage

7. Fitzgerald Collection
Penguin Publishers

8. Patterned Nails via Alexander McQueen SS11

9. Lipstick
Paul & Joe

10. Set of Pencils

2012 Print Predictions!

Press Release:

New York, NY – December 2010 – Printsource New York, the leading textile and surface design show in the USA, announced its list of the TOP TEN PRINT IDEAS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2012.

The list, compiled by Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery, of the Portland-based textile design studio Pattern People, highlights some of the most directional print and pattern ideas for Spring/Summer 2012, both for the fashion and home textiles markets.

1. Under the Microscope, Ana Romero, Portugal | 2. Ink Blot Camos, Studio L2 Design, USA

3. Eastern Color Block, BG 2770, USA. | 4. Pop Art Conversational, Pattern People, USA

5. Tribal Wash, MLD 0039 by Margherita Leonardi, Italy | 6. Shanghai Florals, MLD 0039 by Margherita Leonardi, Italy.

7. Abstract Elements, Emma Schonenberg for Theo & Hugh, El Salvador | 8. Photobased Prints, Oaffi, USA

9. Bohemian Folk, Gather No Moss, UK. | 10. Baroque Opulence, Studio L2 Design, USA.

1. Under the Microscope - science and design collide with detailed images shown in overblown scale.

2. Ink Blot Camos - watercolor and ink spots create an organic update.

3. Eastern Color Block - influenced by Bauhaus and Mondrian with a hand painted feel.


Pop Art Conversationals - bold, outlined shapes take inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein's technique.

5. Tribal Wash - ethnic prints that are hand-painted yet look as if rain has washed part of the design away.

6. Shanghai Florals - stylized Asian florals with a slick nighttime feel.


Abstract Elements – tie-dye textures that take inspiration from the earth such as minerals and other organic matter.

8. Photobased Prints - 3D and chromatic aberrations.

9. Bohemian Folk - geometrics, paisleys and floral designs influenced by Ballets Russes.

10. Baroque Opulence - rich, ornamental, embroidery inspired designs with an antique feel.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pre-Fall 2011: Animal Print

Carolina Herrera, Thakoon, Temperly London, Carolina Herrera
Animal prints continue to have a big presence on the runways. See our previous post on leopard print in street fashion and retail.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pre-Fall 2011: Neutral Geometries

Max Azria, Thakoon, Reed Krakoff, Jason Wu
Zero + Maria Cornejo, BCBG, Doo.Ri, Herve Leger
Pre-fall collections feature a heavy dose of geometrics in neutral beige tones and black and whites. Stark geometrics seem to be have a larger presence than softer techniques, but painterly prints are far from going out of style. They still look modern, especially in the black and white tones seen above.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pre-Fall 2011: Chanel

The blogosphere is a'twitter about Chanel's pre-fall collection, and with good reason. The dresses are opulent but balanced, the hair is effortlessly chic, and of course the surface details are phenomenal. Inspired by ancient Byzantine tile work, the applique is contained in crisp geometric strips, fusing the past with the present in true Lagerfeld fashion.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mix it Up

from,, Gregory Parkinson Spring 11 , Louise Gray Spring 11
Mixing prints in one outfit is a challenge but when mastered, the results can be multi-layered, sophisticated and of course, impressive.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Camo and Boessert Schorn

Background: Boessert Schorn.
Foreground: Shirt and pants, Urban Outfitters, Shoes by Matt Bernson
It all started with a trip to my favorite store in Portland, Una, where I discovered the amazing German label Boessert Schorn. The deconstructed camo patterns on their sweater wraps got me thinking about the current military trend. Although the look is full of solids, from a print perspective, there's a lot of cool camo variations to play with. Urban Outfitters have some interesting large scale, almost color-blocky prints and appliques, and there are loads of camo print shoes, from Keds, Toms, Matt Bernson, and others.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Retail & Street: Leopard!

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clockwise: Stella McCartney Silk Top at , Rare Satin Tunic at, Jeffrey Campbell Shoes, Antipodium Dress at, Azzedine Alaia Skirt at, Forever21 Clutch at

Leopard print is having a huge moment on the streets, runways and stores, in its' natural brown and black colors or in the neutrals and flesh tones that are a huge color trend right now.