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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
British Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has been variously described as “mod-loving cyclist”, “king of the mods” and the “fastest mod on two wheels”. But just what is that makes Wiggins a mod? asks The BBC.
If sport replicated life, Bradley Wiggins would have ridden up the Champs Elysees on a shiny Lambretta scooter. Wiggins is a self-proclaimed mod. His thin torso, narrow shoulders and surprising lightness - he reportedly weighs less than 11 stone - makes him an unusual modern athlete.