“Girls will be boys and boys will be girls, it’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world” sang The Kinks back in 1970 and according to this season’s R-T-W Collections, that is still the case as many designers sent trouser suits and tuxedo/Smoking looks down the runways of New York and Europe. it’s nothing new of course, women in menswear, tailored to the female form, just look at movie stars Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich who both strode around wearing trousers in the 1930s and 40s. Bianca Jagger, a major icon of the 1970s was well-known for wearing menswear, in particular a bright white suit by Yves Saint Laurent. But why was the menswear look so prevalent this season?

Was it an early homage to one of their own? Hedi Slimane, known for ground-breaking designs in menswear, now at the helm of Saint Laurent, creator of the ultimate in sexy menswear on women, Le Smoking? Although trousers were mostly slender or even caught at the ankle. On the other hand, jackets were varied; boxy and broad shouldered, fitted with a peplum, cropped, longer length, short over long and sleeveless, were all present.

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 · Categories: Trend AnalysisFashionRunway


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.

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