Hot on the heels (yes, bad pun) of their successful Summer 2013 collaboration with American skate fashion icon Vans, Liberty of London has teamed up with them again. This latest venture is a holiday collection featuring their quintessentially English floral, paisley, and abstract designs on classic American kicks. The colors are rich jewel tones—appropriate for the season and unexpectedly fun on street wear sneaks.
Over the past several years, Liberty has been consistently out-doing itself with adventurous odd-couple pairings of surface pattern design and fashion, including work with Nike, Northface, Supreme, Dr. Martens, and Edwin. The only collaborators that might have topped them (in 2013 anyway) would have to be MIA versus Versace, which has raised the bar quite high. Liberty certainly seems to be headed down that road.
It's exciting to think what they will do next...
Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Pantone released its Spring 2014 Fashion Color Report on Thursday. The report highlights the top 10 colors used by 25 fashion designers in their forthcoming women's and men's collections, along with insight into their choices and inspiration, as well as color commentary from a number of current "fashion influencers".
The theme for the Spring 2014 report is "Colorful Equilibrium," which it achieves with an unexpected blend of mild pastels and bold brights. Inspiration for the palette includes travel, spring flowers, and a desire from consumers to find something fresh and new, yet balanced.
For more in-depth information and inspiration, you can download the full report for free on the Pantone site.
MFA Boston July 16 – November 11, 2013
Jennifer's "Ship's Captain" mood board created on Polyvore.com.
It's been a couple months since our meeting about creating a mood board for your ideal client. Those of you who haven't finished one (and those who just love assembling images for design inspiration), take note: Polyvore might the site for you! We like to call it mood board central.
With this latest wonder of bookmarklet social media, you can create a limitless variety of "sets" (essentially mood boards) based on fashion, interior design, beauty, art, and more. A set is built by "clipping" images you find on the web and then using the Polyvore editing tool to artfully arrange them into a collage. Once your lovingly curated set is assembled you can share it with members on the site and promote it via Facebook, Twitter, and the other usual social media outlets.
Polyvore essentially follows a model similar to Pinterest, although it describes its main purpose as "social commerce" rather than pure inspiration. Just like Pintrest, Polyvore will link found images on their site to the web pages from where they were pulled—a boon to companies with products to sell. Even if you aren't interested in this window shopping aspect of the site (and its fashion-heavy leanings), we think Polyvore is a more useful tool than Pinterest for creating smaller visual stories, like the kind we put together when thinking of our ideal clients.
Now that you have the feel of it, think about how you could apply this tool when developing your next surface pattern design collection. Use it for inspiration or even tap into its powerful social commerce functionality by mocking up products with your designs and building a branded set.
Polyvore is worth checking out, so see what is trending and follow Jennifer at J’s Pattern Garden. She is the site's latest addict!
-Jennifer & Kiera
In honor of Spring, we thought we'd take a look at the colors of the season. Pantone’s Spring 2013 palette is called “Balancing Act.” In it, “designers overwhelmingly address consumers’ desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energize.”
You can download Pantone’s Spring 2013 report for free. In this report you will find numerous designers describing how they interpreted the colors you see above for Spring. Not only are their interpretations enlightening, but the illustrations showing their designs are fabulous!
The designers in the report include Tracy Reese, Peter Som, Herve Leger, Rachel Roy, Ella Moss, Charlotte Ronson, Tadashi Shoji, Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo, David Meister, BCBG, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Cynthia Steffe, Barbara Tfank, Lela Rose, Bibhu Mohapatra, Sachin + Babi, Tommy Hilfiger, NAHM, Karen Walker, TiA CiBANI, Marimekko, Wes Gordon, Cushnie et Ochs, Custo Barcelona, Saunder, and Elie Tahari.