Plastic Fantastic: Vinyl Is Trending For Spring 2018

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Polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, comes in two forms, rigid and flexible. For Spring 2018, runway designers used both soft and hard vinyl for a series of handbags and other accessories. Jewelry made from acrylic was also present. In a chaotic world is the desire for more transparency driving this trend?


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Balenciaga S18


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Valentino S18


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Proenza Schouler S18


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Chanel S18


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Proenza Schouler S18


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Proenza Schouler S18


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Balmain S18

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Fashion, Handbags & Accessories, Footwear
FILM TREND: The Enduring Legend of Snow White


Rania Richardson of Community Media, who last wrote for Hall Five on The Romanian New Wave reports on BLANCANIEVES, a Spanish version of Snow White that represents the current fascination with classic fairy tales retold with a personal twist.

 

Inspired by a photograph of real bullfighting dwarfs, writer/director Pablo Berger fashioned a Snow White story set in 1920s Spain, with its lead character the daughter of a matador and a flamenco dancer.  BLANCANIEVES follows the contours of the Brothers Grimm fable, with the innocent girl, evil stepmother, mirror, poisonous apple, and caring dwarfs. The film is black and white and silent in homage to moviemaking from the 1920s, like the 2012 Academy award winner, THE ARTIST. Sumptuous period sets and costumes, a carnivalesque atmosphere, and melodramatic score keep interest alive in the dialogue-free tale.



BLANCANIEVES



BLANCANIEVES



BLANCANIEVES

 

“The Uses of Enchantment,” Bruno Bettelheim’s 1976 Freudian interpretation of fairy tales, suggests a psychological value to stories that deal with the darkest childhood fears of abandonment, cruelty, and death from a safe, imaginary vantage point.  In today’s ever changing and uncertain times, the tales, burnished by centuries of storytelling, resonate with familiarity and are far removed from our daily lives, so provide a magical escape.

 

Disney’s 1937 animated feature, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, become the highest grossing film of its day, and there have been screen versions of the tale ever since. Interest may be at its peak now, as MIRROR MIRROR starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart were both released within the past year, and the television series ONCE UPON A TIME continues to air on CBS.

 


Disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)



CharlIze Theron as The Queen in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN



Kristen Stewart as Snow White in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN



Julia Roberts as The Queen in MIRROR MIRROR



Lily Collins as Snow White in MIRROR MIRROR



Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White and Lana Parrilla as The Wicked Queen in ONCE UPON A TIME

 

 

FOR MORE IMAGES: BLANCANIEVES Pinterest Board by Rania Richardson. This board includes film stills, trailer, information/review sites, director interview, and posters for BLANCANIEVES, as well as related images such as the actors in San Sebastian, inspirational photos, other screen images of Snow White and the Evil Queen.


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Thursday, April 18, 2013 · Categories: Film and Television, Trend Analysis
Mapping Out Fashion Month By Color: Fall 2013


MAPPING OUT FASHION MONTH BY COLOR: FALL 13 by
Thanks to Dana Kruspe of Fashionista we can take a unique look at the key colors of the women’s runway collections for Fall 13 city by city.

The experiment yielded some very interesting and very pretty results for spring 2013. Blue was in (isn’t it always?), purple was not. Seafoams, mints, and emeralds were also popular in almost every city–but you know what they say about seasons changing.
Compared to last season, every city welcomed darkness into its color palette for fall. Of course, you don’t need to be a fashion genius to know that light colors will dominate spring while dark colors dominate fall. But it’s nice to actually see evidence of it.

 

In other obvious news, the number of all-black looks went up (way up), while shades of blue slayed once again snatching at least 30% of the color looks in every city–note the big blue blotch on our map above. Meanwhile, shades of red came in second. Green was last season’s popular runner-up (emerald was chosen by Pantone as the color of the year), but its presence was missed at the fall shows. As the saying goes, it ain’t easy being green.

While shots of purple went up since spring, the color still didn’t exceed 10% of the looks in any city. What is everyone’s aversion to purple, exactly?

For larger images, click here

Photos: Style.com, StyleBistro.com, Vogue.co.uk

 

 

The overloaded New York schedule provided plenty of everything. Shades of blue and red (check out that pocket of oxblood) came in first and second, respectively, and the darker colors were spread across the board. There were a lot of navy blues, military greens, and neutrals. The bright colors of last spring are pushed towards the top, almost off the map. And that tiny dollop of green proper? You’ll notice this as a common theme this fall.

 

 

London wasn’t going to let the somber mood of the other three cities bring it down, turning out to be the brightest of the four. Blue had its biggest competition here, with red (again, all that oxblood at shows like Burberry Prorsum, Felder Felder, and Marios Schwab) coming in a close second place. London had the biggest pocket of bright orange from shows like Richard Nicoll and Joseph Conran. You’ll find that Milan and Paris don’t have the same enthusiasm for the color.



Last season, Milan had a well-balanced diet of pastels. For fall, however, the city is almost entirely devoid of any proper green or orange, both of which veered to the side of yellow-toned. As a result, there were plenty of mustards and camels to play around with. But then, neutrals are typically more popular for fall, and it’s something we saw in every city. Dark blues? Check. Lots of red? Double check (thank you, Dolce & Gabbana). Moving along…

 

 

OK. Pointing out the sheer volume of dark blues is just beating a dead horse since it’s happening in every city. It’s like saying that Paris designers show a lot of black (which they totally did, outnumbering the all-white looks by about 4 to 1), or that the new Pope is Catholic. But having said that, Paris definitely had the largest percentage of blue in every variety, comprising over a third of the color looks. There was an especially large section of dusty blues thanks to designers like Louis Vuitton and A. F. Vandevorst. Green and orange were predictably absent as well.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 · Categories: Consumer Intelligence, Trend Analysis, Color , Fashion, Runway
MARRIAGE EQUALITY LOGO GOES VIRAL


Martha Stewart signed on with red velvet cake and white icing, Mac used lipsticks and Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street showed their support too.
They are among an estimated tens of millions of social media users who have posted and tweeted a symbol in support of gay marriage.

It’s a variation of the logo for the Human Rights Campaign, normally a bright yellow equal sign on a blue background. But to draw attention to the two same-sex marriage cases the Supreme Court heard this week, the Washington-based organization on Monday changed the colors to a square red box with thick pink parallel, horizontal lines. Red, for the color of love.
Then they invited people to share it.
Tens of millions took the campaign up on its offer, often replacing their profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter with the image.


The Original



Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street



Grumpy Cat



Marriage Equality



Martha Stewart



Justice Anthony Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 29, 2013 · Categories: Social Media & Networking , Consumer Intelligence, News and World Politics, Lifestyle
SPRING 14 COLOR TREND REPORT

 

Hall Five has partnered with Sophicolor to present a palette of 30 fashion colors in 3 trends for Spring 14. To purchase the Spring 14 Color Card with Sophicolor fabric swatches go to the Sophicolor website.
The colors are also available digitally. For more seasonal color stories and to see how colors can be expressed accurately using Chromashare view on the Sophicolor website.

 

 

It’s a time of global political and spiritual unrest and inevitable change. We become introspective, and analytical, examining the relationship between humankind, nature and science. For Spring 14, we explore, through the use of color, the points at which these three converge. In PRECISION, a modern palette of controlled tones is used for coloring the geometric prints we find in abundance this season. EMOTION evokes the spirit of rebellion experienced in the 1970s, with a range of tinted botanicals to be used in sportswear. INDIA is a celebration of color and light as a worldwide fascination with the Asian subcontinent continues to emerge.

 



For more PRECISION palettes, view here on the Sophicolor website.

 


For more EMOTION palettes, view here on the Sophicolor website.

 


For more INDIA palettes, view here on the Sophicolor website.

 

 

Monday, March 18, 2013 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Color , Fashion
PARIS F13 TREND: Shoulder to Shoulder


Reminiscent of the ‘80s power shapes and the cocooning style of the ‘90s, Paris designers showed full shouldered shapes on a variety of key items for Fall 13. This was evident on outerwear, blazers and blouses


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Balmain



Carven



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Carven



Miu Miu



Véronique Leroy



Véronique Leroy



Véronique Leroy



Stella McCartney



Stella McCartney

Sunday, March 10, 2013 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Fashion, Runway
TOP 5 Milan F13 Fashion Week Trends by Focus on Style

From Sharon Haver and Focus on Style, the TOP 5 Milan Fashion Week Trends From Fall 2013: CHUNKY HEELS, 40’s AND LADY-LIKE, STATEMENT SLEEVES, WOOLS, TWEEDS & PLAIDS, OPTICAL PRINTS


Wools, Tweeds & Plaids- Seen at: Prada, Marni, Ter et Bantine, Versace, Moschino, Gucci, Trussardi, No. 21

It’s winter we know, gray wool, tweed and the ilk aren’t any real news, true. But, thats not to say there wasn’t any news. On the contrary, a powder blue gingham suit at Prada was again, a surprise. Same goes for Versace, where an over-the-top nod to the upcoming punk inspired Met exhibit had a great deal of plaids(skip the vinyl panels!). And at Dolce & Gabbana, Marni and Ter et Bantine, plain wools, almost colorless, paved the way for the eye to train on the silhouette. This also allows for a chic foundation for flashes of color with accessories.
For more Milan F13 trends go to Focus on Style
For more images from Milan Fashion Week go to Pinterest

 


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Prada



Prada

 

 



Dolce & Gabbana

 


Dolce & Gabbana



Alberta Ferretti



Aquilano Rimondi



Blumarine



Versace



Marni

 

Friday, March 01, 2013 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Fashion, Runway
The TOP 5 London Fashion Week Trends by Focus on Style

From Sharon Haver and Focus on Style, 5 trends from the London Runway. MOTO, WINTER WHITE, DARK & ROMANTIC, THE RETURN OF THE JUMPSUIT, THE FLAT STATEMENT SHOE


HELLO MOTO
This season in New York & London, designers paid a nod to the Met’s upcoming retrospective of punk elements in fashion via witty takes on moto jackets. Spliced, diced and thoroughly rethought, the best iterations veered on the simple, such as Preen’s uber cool vest. We know a few girls who’d wear that religiously, which is not too hard to imagine. By now, a well cut motorcycle jacket should be a closet staple for you, and with that box checked, think of expanding with a modern take. In stores now, we’ve seen moto elements on everything from the decorative collar on a trapeze dress to the fastenings of a trench.

 


Preen by Thornton Bregazzi



Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

 


Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

 


David Koma

 


Jean-Pierre Braganza

 


Holly Fulton

 


Moschino Cheap and Chic

 


Todd Lynn

 


Todd Lynn


From Sharon Haver and Focus on Style, 5 trends from the London Runway. MOTO, WINTER WHITE, DARK & ROMANTIC, THE RETURN OF THE JUMPSUIT, THE FLAT STATEMENT SHOE

 

Saturday, February 23, 2013 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Fashion, Runway, Fashion Blogs
FALL 13 RUNWAY TREND: London’s Graphic Appeal

Tom Ford called his F13 Collection, “Cross Cultural Multi Ethnic” because, he told Women’s Wear Daily, “That’s what the world is”. In turn WWD described it as “A parade of clothes that were loud and proud,” which could also be said for several of the other London designer collections.



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Tom Ford

 

Graphic stripes and other geometric prints and patterns in colorful hues were rendered in a variety of fabrics including leather and fur. Fashion seems to revel in contradiction, especially on the runway. Minimalism (Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Chloe) and maximalism (Versace, Roberto Cavalli) happily co-exist every season but now more and more we see it not only within the same Collection (Prada) but even within the same look. At Ashish for example, the F13 offering is “based on a construction worker’s wardrobe” that of “hardworking, protective, and durable gear” and yes, there were orange cargo pants with padded knees, but sequined and teamed with a fringed houndstooth blouse.



Ashish

 

“Color-drenched and brash” said WWD of Paul Smith, “Graphic stripes and gleaming metallics in offbeat combinations of colors.”
Geometrics were employed here too, notably in a coat of black and blue pieced-in color-blocks.



Paul Smith

 


Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos are well known for their “signature maximal-print aesthetic” and this season is no exception. They showed incredible combinations of signal color again in “confrontationally” graphic prints.



Peter Pilotto

 


Peter Pilotto

 

In a time when a fascination with all that is organic and found in nature is paramount, there’s an obsession with ourselves as well. Style.com reports that the designers of Sass & Bide, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton said their F13 offering entitled, Wintergate, was “born from a curiosity about man-made objects. We wanted to study the internal mechanics of them.” This has resulted in a series of optical prints, graphic lines in black, white and elemental grays punctuated with a searing shade of yellow) and a sort of strictness also present at Temperley London
Which brings us back to Tom Ford’s show and a crescendo of color, print and texture. But as in so many of the other collections this season, graphically pieced-in mink and leather plus geometric patterns proved an interesting sub-text that indicates a current desire for control, even in the most-maximalist of designs.

 


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Temperley London



Matthew Williamson



Sass & Bide



Tom Ford



Tom Ford

 

 

Friday, February 22, 2013 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Color , Prints & Patterns , Fashion, Runway
The TOP 7 New York Fashion Week Trends by Focus on Style

From Sharon Haver and Focus on Style, 7 trends from the New York Runway. All you need to think about are SCULPTED FORMS, CHEST PIECES, FABRIC MIXING, PATTERN & CRAZY COLOR FUR/FAUX FUR, UPDATED SWEATSHIRTS, QUILTING and LOTS OF COLOR.
IMAGE, Donna Karan, Proenza Schouler.

 


SCULPTED FORMS
No longer just limited to A-line or fit ‘n flare, a wide range of bold shapes came strutting down the Fall 2013 runways for Fall 2013. Some more toned down than others, but either bold and brazen or slighted sculpted, you can define a new silhouette with pronounced shoulders, boxy bodies, cocoon shapes, peplums, and full sleeves.

 


Rebecca Minkoff

 

Altuzurra
Altuzarra



Zero + Maria Cornejo



Victoria Beckham



Vera Wang

 

For more trends from Mercedes Fashion Week New York including
CHEST PIECES, FABRIC MIXING, PATTERN & CRAZY COLOR FUR/FAUX FUR, UPDATED SWEATSHIRTS, QUILTING and LOTS OF COLOR, go to Focus on Style.

Friday, February 22, 2013 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Fashion, Runway
FASHION TRENDS F13: Diane von Furstenburg, Michael Kors, Suno show organic prints at NYFW

The trend for organic looking prints and patterns in earthy tones on luxurious fabrics evolved again this season on the New York runways. Simple shapes such as slender legged pants, slim line below the knee coats, softly shaped dresses and narrow skirts only enhanced the impact made by the wide variety of intricate patterns. This is a trend than can be traced back to Alexander McQueen’s preponderance of Charles Darwin for Spring 2009 and his penultimate collection shown for Spring 2010 where the woman/organic matter hybrid was fully fledged. Many NY designers showed a color story made up of earthy neutrals popped by a particular shade of ochre yellow, oxblood and forest green which confirms the Hall Five/Sophicolor Collection color trend for Fall 13, The Good Earth.

 

 

Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier

 

Diane von Furstenburg
Diane von Furstenburg

 

Suno
Suno

 

Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff

 

Michael Kors
Michael Kors

 

Proenza Schouler
Proenza Schouler

 


Diane von Furstenburg


Michael Kors
Michael Kors



Sophicolor Collections “The Good Earth”


See more of Hall Five’s NYFW trends and key items on Pinterest

 

Friday, February 15, 2013 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Color , Prints & Patterns , Fashion, Runway
COUTURE SPRING 13 TREND: The Demure Sheath

A new silhouette emerged during this past week’s Spring Couture shows. In amongst the more expected full-skirted gowns were several long sleeved sheaths. In some instances, inspiration seemed to have come from the modest dress of Middle Eastern women. Possibly, not surprisingly as along with china and Russia, the majority of Haute Couture clients are Arab women .

 


Giambattista Valli



Katya Riabynikina



Alexis Mabille



Jean Paul Gaultier



Elie Saab



Elie Saab



Elie Saab



Valentino

Saturday, February 02, 2013 · Categories: Trend Analysis, Fashion, Runway
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