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

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

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.

Friday, July 27, 2012 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceSports and FitnessAuto and Transportation FashionLifestyle

What a difference a year makes, August 2011, London and several other British cities suffered widespread looting, rioting and arson of unprecedented levels. During the past 70 days people have taken to the streets again, but this time it’s to witness the Olympic Flame as it progresses through the country in a spirit of togetherness.
The Olympic flame has completed its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey around the United Kingdom since arriving from Greece on the 18 May. It has been welcomed and celebrated by communities in 1,000 cities, towns and villages across the country. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “The torch relay has been absolutely fantastic. By the opening ceremony, it will have been carried by 8,000 torchbearers.

Friday, July 27, 2012 · Categories: Anthropology and SociologyConsumer IntelligenceSports and FitnessNews and World PoliticsLifestyle

I think it’s absolutely fabulous to see how popular Eddie and Patsy still are after all these years! To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, legendary show aka AbFab has created a Special Olympic Episode. “Patsy and Eddie” continued the fun by co-carrying the Olympic Torch in London.

Friday, July 27, 2012 · Categories: Film and TelevisionSports and FitnessNews and World PoliticsFashionLifestyle

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