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. ~Sarah
| || |On Monday, October 15, 2012, the Surface Pattern Design Guild will be hosting a trend presentation by Fran Yoshioka. When: Monday, October 15th at 7:00 pm
Where: The Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley
Fee: $10 (cash only, please); FREE for members of SPDG
Our October meeting features guest speaker Fran Yoshioka who will be presenting her Fall 2013 Women's Trend Direction Report and her 2012 Maison et Objet Trend Report for home furnishings. The information in these two presentations will be coming fresh from her September shopping trips to Paris and London, as well as the recent Maison et Objet show in Paris.Trend information often costs an individual hundreds of dollars to obtain, so don't miss this informative meeting. See you there!
1. Favela platforms from Sophia Webster's Welcome to the Dollhouse line; 2. Natasha heels from J. Renee; 3. Paloma from Alegria; 4. Canvas men's shoe from Castañer; 5. Anouk from Jimmy Choo; 6. Lace-up clog from Gram Footwear; 7. Professional Paint Splatter Patent clog from Dansko; 8. Lucianna wedge sandal from UGG; 9. Men's loafer from Gram Footwear; 10. Ikat pumps from Sophia Webster's Welcome to the Dollhouse collection. Images are from blog.stylesight.com, us.jimmychoo.com, www.zappos.com, and http://www.dansko.com.
Our October meeting with trend expert Fran Yoshioka is just around the corner and it's been getting me thinking about trends in surface pattern design. One that I've noticed recently is the explosion of prints on shoes, and I'm not just talking about sneakers and kicks for kids. While it's true that animal print pumps and the occasional use of flowers have been around in the world of shoe design for some time, shoe makers in the past year or so have really been cranking up the pattern dial. They've been coming up with some wildly creative results.
Check out what I've found recently. Maybe your next project will be for a gorgeous pair of printed platforms!
Yes, you read the title right. There is a new online magazine called Moyo (pronounced mo-yor). The word MOYO is Japanese for “pattern,” and this magazine is full of pattern!
In the inaugural issue, there are interviews with exciting new up-and-coming designers. You can explore the color pink (did you know that prior to the 1920s pink was actually a color associated with men and not considered feminine at all?). And you can visualize the upcoming floral trend for AW13/14 (autumn/winter 2013/2014).
Of course the magazine is filled with the eye candy we all are addicted to — from tons of surface pattern designs, to inspirational images, to fabulous moodboards. Plus there are some technical (but not too technical) design tips (this issue focusses on working with fonts).
It’s really exciting to have a magazine dedicated specifically to our industry. So go check it out! And then write us a comment telling us your favorite part!~ Sarah
Louis Vuitton has just released a new collection inspired by the work of Yayoi Kusama. If you are not familiar with the work of Kusama, she is well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots. She is one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists.
A retrospective of her art opens on July 12 at the Whitney Museum in New York. The exhibit is supported by Louis Vuitton.
And finally, if you are not in a position to buy Louis Vuitton goods or to fly to NYC for the exhibit, you can grab yourself a little dot fun with the new free iphone app that enables users to see the world through the eyes of Kusama (it turns images into dots!!):
Hey all you Surface Pattern Designers! Look at these unlikely places for pattern.
Surtex's web site has some short, insightful interviews with long-time exhibitors and attendees of the show. Find out what's been changing in the industry and what to expect from artists at the 2012 event.-Kiera
If you've been paying attention to trends coming down the runways, you might have noticed that prints are playing a huge— even unprecedented—role in high fashion. Clothing designers have been benefiting from the advances in digital printing technology that we surface pattern designers have been following closely over the past decade. Haute couture is practically getting reckless with their application of digital prints, the results of which sometimes leave me with a yucky aftertaste. Does anyone else dislike the computery gimmick of "mirroring" that's been trendy in high fashion print design recently?
One new development that I do find appealing, and quite innovative, is using digital prints on denim to create jeans. This seems to be an extension of the printed tights and leggings trend that's been popular for the past couple years. Now, we all know it can be hard to rock a printed pant, (think plaid golf pants or preppy slacks with tiny tennis rackets up and down the legs) but jeans seem to be an appropriate canvas for prints, given their rock-n-roll history. Proceed with caution though: this trend could easily go overboard and end up in self-parody like the bedazzled and embroidered jeans of the last ten years.
Regardless of aesthetics, printed denim and digital prints in fashion are just starting to explode and will be a great market for our surface pattern designs. Check out some of the latest designs in denim at Shopbop.com.And, you could very well see me strutting down the street in a pair of ikat Daisy Dukes this spring…or not.
Did you know that it's the Year of Pattern at Kate Spade New York? They kicked off 2012 on their blog and Pinterest page with a celebration of stripes! The current pattern of the month is Japanese Floral, with a special focus on a Florence Broadhurst design. Never heard of the fabulous Ms. Broadhurst? Familiarize yourself with her greatness here!Can't wait to see what Kate Spade has in store for pattern inspiration in March!-Kiera
Image from Kate Spade New York blog
If you haven’t explored Pinterest yet, it’s a veritable feast for the eyes...highly addictive too! Pinterest is a social media platform often described as a “virtual pinboard” of photos and imagery, allowing users to organize and share all of the cool things they find online. Users “pin” images to topical “boards” curated to showcase personal tastes and interests (perfect for the organization-obsessed). Users expand their community and wealth of visual inspiration by “following” the boards of other users. Image pins retain the link to their original website, blog or photo-stream and can be “repinned” onto another user’s board.SPDG recently created its debut pinboard on Pinterest. We’re excited to share what inspires us and build collections of all things related to textile and surface pattern design—styles, motifs, color palettes, textures, artists, etc. We’d love to collaborate with YOU, dear reader. If you’re on Pinterest, please follow “Surface Pattern Design Guild” and, if you’d like, add SPDG as a contributor to your own design pinboards.Need help finding motifs or color direction? Let the visual brainstorm begin. The pinboards we work on together will show up on both your page and ours, and we can create a fantastic design resource. If you’d like to collaborate on boards that SPDG has already started, feel free to contact us and we’ll add you as a contributor. We’d love to see what you’re into!Happy Pinning!-Ruby