Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Books: The Tote Bag

The Tote Book by Jitesh Patel is out now. We just got our copy and were pleasantly surprised by the cover which folds out into a tote bag, the fun layout of the book, and all the interesting designs within. Get your copy here!

Friday, March 25, 2011

TREND | Dream Weaver

Alexander McQueen | Gucci | Sally England

Clever adaptations to the traditional art of weaving modernize this age-old craft. From glow-in-the-dark macrame to basket weave stiletto boots, these woven wonders gain fresh appeal.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Continuing Trend | Celestial Prints

Timo Weiland, Erdem, Chrisopher Kane, Limi Feu
It's not a new trend, but after a story Style.com did yesterday on celestial prints, we thought we'd re-open this file. On the Fall 11 runways, Timo Weiland and Erdem showed some murky celestial-like prints, and we found a Mimi Feu dress that seems to be directly influenced by that iconic and much sought-after celestial collection from Christopher Kane.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Book: Pattern Design & Beyond

Official Press Release:

PATTERN DESIGN & BEYOND: An Insider’s Guide to Creating and Managing Your Own Surface Design Career

by Claudia Brown & Jessie Whipple Vickery of Pattern People

How do you turn your love for patterns into a functional business? Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery of surface design studio, Pattern People, share their insider secrets in the new e-book, Pattern Design & Beyond: An Insider’s Guide to Creating and Managing Your Own Surface Design Career. With how-to pattern design guides, a thorough break-down of how the print industry operates, and loads of helpful resources, this publication provides a wealth of information for the burgeoning surface designer. The book also showcases over 80 international artists whose work illustrates the many print styles found in the market. Pattern Design & Beyond is an inspirational guide for students, professionals or anyone else with an appreciation for pattern design.

Get More Details and Buy it Here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

AW11 | Tata Naka

Tata Naka AW11 | vintage bark cloth

Escape to 1950s Americana in the new collection from Tata Naka. Retro bark cloth inspired prints with a vintage Las Vegas nightlife feel give the clothing a whimsical appeal.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fall 11: Hot Plaids

Moschino Cheap and Chic, Peter Pilotti, Thakoon, Marni
Plaids are still going strong and this season there are some bright plaids and some interesting executions, as with Marni. Deconstruct it, saturate it, mix it up, but don't neglect the plaid for your upcoming trend directions!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fall 11: Architecture

TopShop Unique, Etro, Akris, Moscino Cheap and Chic
Every season there is a quirky conversational theme that seems to crop up in multiple lines at once. For Fall 11, that theme is architecture, especially iconic buildings. Perhaps fashion designers are in need of a little travel? Or are they digging into the history of places for inspiration?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Paisleys at Kenzo and Chloe

Kenzo, ChloƩ, Kenzo
Paisleys are a big upcoming trend for Fall 11 and 12. Bring some trippy hippy vibes to your women's or contemporary line with this ornate and beautiful print tradition.

Liberty x Nike

via Liberty

Just in time for Spring, Liberty and Nike collaborate again with a mash up of iconic prints on classic footwear. Available April 1st.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fall 11: Graphic Geos

Marni, Diane Von Furstenberg, Topshop Unique
Graphic geometrics appeared in heavy doses on Marni, Diane Von Furstenbert and TopShop, all with interesting takes and unique applications

Fall 11: Soft Geos

Duro Olowu, Marni, Louise Gray

Soft geometrics with an ethnic vibe were a big presence on the Fall 11 runways. Mixed prints are still big, and painted geometrics bring feel 60's but modernized with color and contemporary dress silhouettes.