After a nearly 2-year hiatus, I decided to hit up the Atlanta market earlier this month. It was a fabulous experience. Retail in Atlanta continues to evolve, elevate and inspire (along with new foodie options – delish!). And then there’s the show - I forgot how impossibly HUGE that thing is! Floors after floor of decor throughout several buildings served up a feast of beautiful design. Todays post focuses on a few of the color stories emerging for autumn.
A cool look at incoming autumnal art style trends from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the stories they’re forecasting in womenswear & menswear for the Fall/Winter 2015-16 season.
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THE ROYALS: “The hand drawn style of our graphics adds a great feminine touch to this otherwise dark and medieval trend, which is strengthened by the addition of Cautionary Tale florals and Damask wallpaper prints.”
CAUTIONARY TALE: “William Morris was our main source of inspiration when it came to womens Cautionary Tale graphics.”
RUBIK’S CUBE: “Rubik’s Cube is where the fun comes into play, as we see 80s and 90s inspired geometrics: seemingly random in shape.”
BAUHAUS BLOCK: “Bauhaus, and in particular Kadinsky definitely inspire here, with a more simplistic version of geometric lines and color blocks with a mathematical element to them, as the geometrics are symmetrical and balanced.”
PEN AND INK: “Doodles, sketched faces and traditional screen printing methods come together within Pen and Ink.”
COLLISION: “We have combined an illustrated anatomical element as well as referencing music and science with edited photoreals. Great texture is added with newspaper cut outs and blueprints as backgrounds.”
The full versions of Fashion Snoops Fall/Winter 15/16 Original Artwork reports for women and men are available in the WeConnectFashion Trend Shop. They have carefully selected the top print and pattern call outs for the season and created a series of original inspiring print themes for your use. The artwork has been designed solely for Fashion Snoops and is available for download as a PSD/AI file, copyright free.
I’ve spent an inordinate portion of the last 20 years or so walking trade fairs. Let’s just say it takes a lot to stop me in my tracks. But it happened last week in Atlanta when I turned the corner and collided with the Design Legacy booth. Suddenly I was confronted with a decidedly unique and unabashed point of view; a sort of Southern-Tricia-Guild-meets-MOMA type of thing with a dash of Vintage for good measure. Vibrant, optimistic and over the top. It boldly stood out in the crowded mart as a breath of unexpected creativity. (Design Legacy is a Texas-based wholesaler, selling to the trade only – so no shopping links this time, I’m afraid! But you can ask your local specialty decor retailer to consider stocking the items, and some pieces will be available on-line with various retailers this fall.)
It’s not often a company does something that compels me wholeheartedly to switch to their brand on principle. Always has done just that. This video has been making the rounds on social media, but just on the off chance you haven’t seen it, I had to share.
Since I’m in Atlanta this week, I thought we’d celebrate one of my all time favorite groups originating from these parts. The SOS band was in serious rotation among my social set back in high school as a sort of R&B anthem to puppy love. I listened to this particular tune over and over and over again, having taped my vinyl onto cassette so I could handily tote it – and my baby-blue boom box – around as needed. Tell Me If You Still Care by the SOS Band from the album On the Rise, 1983.
I’m a fool for silkscreening, especially in modern – yet simple – decor products. Which is why I went completely gaga over Keephouse Studio, which was founded in 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia by designer Alissa Kloet. Her original surface designs are combined with functional materials to produce a line of textile and wood accessories that are made by hand in small batches. Lovely! (As always, click to shop!)
Road trip! Yup, today we’re headed up to a cabin in Northern Minnesota for a good dose of family fun over the Fourth. Being the designated driver somehow earns my hubby tunage control, which means I’m in for a long drive filled with Classic Rock and 1980′s top 40. Sigh. So, I invite you to join in – lighten up, let loose and enjoy this flashback dose of Independence Day-themed Road Trippin’ music! Freedom by George Michael from the album Listen Without Prejudice, 1990.