“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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 .
From art to politics and beyond, runway fashion reflects the zeitgeist and accordingly, as long as scenes of war are prevalent in the media, the military trend will be prominent. This was certainly true of the recent European men’s runway collections for Autumn/Winter 13. As GQ pointed out, amongst the more predictable logan green great coats, camo parkas and fatigue jackets, a Napoleonic style is emerging.