Arguably the loudest conversation swirling around the S13 collections was an analysis of how successfully modern brands interpret the work of designers created forty, fifty or more years ago. It was a discussion that became the most heated in referencing the R-T-W debuts of Raf Simons at Christian Dior and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent. Not to mention the stalwarts, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Balmain, Chloe, Celine ... established names with talented designers at the helm challenged with producing fresh ideas every season that will appeal to the modern and let’s face it, wealthy client. For the most part, all of the above are consistently, hugely successful in interpreting their particular brand. So much so that store buyers are starting to claim that there are “no trends anymore”  perhaps not realizing that THIS is the trend. Nowhere has this modernity been more apparent than in the area of fabrics. This season, as was the case in the past several few, there was a tendency to use a mix of transparent and opaque materials in order to create a sensual “reveal and conceal” style. The standout feature for Spring 13 is that several designers took classic organzas and coated them.

Sunday, October 14, 2012 · Categories: Trend AnalysisFashionRunwayTextiles & Materials

A few months ago, portly 34-year-old rapper, Psy, short for Psycho, a —“because I’m crazy about music, stage performance and show,” he says—was relatively unknown outside of his native South Korea. Now, thanks to his infectious song and video with its over the top dancing, pelvic thrusting, lavish outfits, and intense set design,  “Gangnam Style” which mocks materialism in Seoul, Psy (real name Park Jae-sang) is breaking YouTube records (400 Million views) and has signed with Scooter Braun, a.k.a. the guy who made Justin Bieber famous. “Dress Classy, Dance Cheesy” say Psy and it seems the whole world is taking note.
While its true that he could possibly be a one hit wonder, alternatively, Psy’s success is the latest triumph for what has become known as the Hallyu, or “Korean Wave” in the west.

Sunday, October 07, 2012 · Categories: Film and TelevisionSocial Media & Networking Music and EntertainmentFashionMenswearMarketing and Advertising

Earthen tones associated with nature were used unexpectedly for luxury fabrics like leather, fur, brocade, satin and wool cashmere on the F12 runway at Marni, Prada, Burberry, Fendi and others, offering a strong color direction for F13. Using Sophicolor Collections, Hall Five has created inspirational palettes for fashion and home furnishings.
Image: Prada F12

Sunday, September 16, 2012 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceTrend AnalysisColor FashionRunwayHomeTextiles & MaterialsLifestyle

Color inspiration comes from the Indian Hindu Festival of Colors known as Holi. During the festival, people playfully smear color on each other’s face and splash water using colored powders called Gulaal and wet colors or ‘Rang.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 · Categories: Anthropology and SociologyConsumer IntelligenceSports and FitnessTrend AnalysisColor Lifestyle

In a recent BBC documentary entitled, “A History of Art in Three Colours” the British art historian, Dr James Fox explored how, in the hands of artists, the colors gold, blue and white have stirred our emotions, changed the way we behave and even altered the course of history. In the Middle Ages, the precious stone lapis lazuli arrived in Europe from the East and blue became the most exotic and mysterious of colors. This intense shade has continued to inspire artists throughout the centuries. Today, It’s a color-for-all-seasons which has great appeal for creatives from all fields of design.
Image: Peter Som Resort 13

Saturday, September 15, 2012 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceArt and PhotographyTrend AnalysisColor Architecture and Design FashionRunwayHome

It is with great pleasure that Hall Five, the largest online community of fashion and lifestyle trend forecasters, announces a partnership with Sophicolor Color Collections , a division of Precision Textile Design. Hall Five will be exclusively use Sophicolor for its future color trend stories. Three Collections of 1500 unique colors are not only available online with spectral data and recipes included, they now come on fabric swatches in three elegant and durable acid-resistant presentation boxes. Sophicolor is truly the next generation in color design.

Monday, September 03, 2012 · Categories: Trend AnalysisColor FashionTextiles & Materials

Color is an essential part of the seasonal design process in fashion and getting it right is crucial in today’s crowded marketplace. In this article, written by trend forecaster Neville Bean of Neville Bean Design and posted by Illysia Neumann-Loreck on her blog, Madly Chic Neville explains how color trends evolve and how the process works.


Sunday, September 02, 2012 · Categories: Trend AnalysisColor Fashion

As reported in the Financial Times , Though the “designer trainer” may sound like a hangover from the late 1990s utilitarian fashion dominated by techno-fabrics and the red Prada Sport stripe, high fashion sport shoes have recently raced back on to the style agenda, especially for men.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 · Categories: Trend AnalysisFashionRunwayFashion BlogsMenswear

P&G sponsored celebrity manicurist Sophy Robson”>Sophy Robson to set up a pop-up nail salon in the Olympic Village, staffed with 18 manicurists. Athletes can stop by and choose from over 200 different designs which has led to a dazzling array of designs. Beauty editors and trend spotters, such as The Nailasaurus are asking, “Does this spell the beginning or end of the explosive beauty trend’s growing popularity?” With the overwhelmingly positive reaction from nail bloggers and fans, nail art shows no sign of abating.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 · Categories: Sports and FitnessTrend AnalysisBeauty and HealthFashionLifestyle

After all of the complaints about the Stella McCartney-designed Team GB Olympic uniforms  I hope the nay-sayers are eating their words. How much better could the athletes have looked whether in competition or on the winners’ podiums? Here are some standouts.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 · Categories: Sports and FitnessFashionActivewearLifestyle

Swimming, gymnastics and track and field, from Ian Thorpe’s head-to-toe swimsuit and Flo Jo’s one legged athletic kit to the golden running shoes of Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt, Olympic stars through the ages have a style as alluring as their athletic prowess. Here are some standouts.

Monday, July 30, 2012 · Categories:

The London Olympics will be full of firsts for women’s sport and there’ll be a big leap for Arab women.
At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, as many as 26 countries refrained from sending female athletes to compete on the world’s biggest sporting stage.
However, by Beijing 2008 that list had shrunk to just three nations; Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei. Four years down the line, London 2012 is set to be the first Olympics in history whereby every participating nation will have at least one female representative. And with the inclusion of women’s boxing, it will also be the first Olympics to involve female athletes in every sport. Muslim women must cover their head, even when competing. This has caused some controversy.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 · Categories: Sports and FitnessTextiles & MaterialsLifestyle

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