Love this look towards trends for autumn/winter 2014-2015 by Patternbank, a global trend forecasting company based in the UK. They deliver innovative (and typically spot-on) forecasts, but my favorite thing about them is how incredibly affordable they are! £20 for a digital download makes them a fabulous resource, especially for freelancers. These totally inspiring print and graphics forecasts may have their roots in women’s fashion, but are also applicable in home and giftware categories as well. I’m only sharing a little teaser today – you can get the full report by clicking on any image below.
As impossible as it seems, it’s nearly time to start addressing one’s annual holiday greetings! (This, of course, assumes you still send things in the actual mail, as opposed to some sort of cyber-card. I, for one, am a huge proponent of sending tangible things – that can be opened and touched and displayed. It’s just nicer that way.) Seems like each year I have every intention of designing my own and then… well… suddenly it’s December 10th. And then I go shopping instead. Luckily, there’s an amazing batch of holiday cards out there this year to choose from… (As always, click to shop!)
And the winner is…. (drum roll, please!)
Yup, as many of you readers suspected (clever, clever design-lovers that you are!), a pinkish shade of purple has bested the crowd favorite, Indigo (a.k.a. Dazzling Blue), for the honors of being forecast as next year’s hottest hue.
The folks at Pantone describe it as a a “captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.” (Yes. Really. They said that.) Here’s what else they have to say:
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.
The 2014 supporting cast:
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In honor of black Friday, some pottery in black and white by Half Light Honey Studio. Artist Samantha Carter creates these small vessels by hand from her studio in the foothills of Western North Carolina. At just 4″, these stunning ceramics are perfect for nestling succulents while still making a design impact. All pots run between $27-32 US. (As always, click to shop!)
I’m a big fan of entertaining during the holidays. It’s fun to crowd the house with friends and family and get in a seasonal spirit. Thing is, I find that my home isn’t necessarily tricked out properly. Case in point: nowhere handy for revelers to set their drinks and appetizer plates. So I’m on a mission to collect lovely little accent tables that can easily be moved around when needed – and tucked away in a corner when they’re not. PLus, many of these double as seating in a pinch. (As always, click to shop!)
Inspiring colors from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the top 10 color trends they’re forecasting in womenswear for the 2014-2015 Autumn/Winter season.
“For Fall / Winter 2014-15 we’ve divided our women’s colors into families by tones, including Soft, Bright, Neutral, Jewel and Metallic. Jewel Tones become the most influential by far, with highlights including several red options from cranberry to crimson, along with honey mustard and cooler shades of teal, orchid and cobalt. Also influential are the Soft Tones, which rely primarily upon pastel shades like dusty rose, while neutrals like peachy nude are also present. The Brights, which have been so popular in recent seasons, are scaled back, while prerequisite pops of blood orange compliment cobalt. A wide range of Neutrals zero in on toffee as a favorite.”
Interested in purchasing the full report? Click HERE.
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I warned you I’m in a mood, right? Today, I wanna take in stuff that’s irreverent, absurd and smart – in a hipster millennial kinda way. You know; have a giggle and allow myself the freedom – and luxury – to be silly. Very silly. This series of videos (the original and the retorts) hit the spot. Enjoy & have a GREAT weekend, everyone!