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“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.”
Vans/Liberty Paisley shoe
Vans/Liberty Floral Checker shoe
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...
| |Are you ready to start designing for Spring 2015? If you need a little help getting going, Pattern People recently put out their Spring 2015 Print and Color Trend Guide. In it you'll find 8 major print trend directions, plus color trends along with Pantone reference numbers. The report is chock-a-block full of images to illustrate what will be hot three seasons from now. You are sure to get plenty of inspiration and guidance from this awesome resource! | |
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Images from October 2013 issue of Elle Decoration (UK)
If you don't already subscribe to Elle Decoration UK, you might want to pick up the October issue. It contains a 16-page "Pattern Book" insert with Elle UK's picks of the best fabrics and wallpapers for Autumn/Winter 2013. The issue also includes a peek at the British Design Awards nominees for best British pattern design.
See which designs and designers made these two esteemed lists and get some inspiration!
| | The so-called "resort season" is fading into the annals of time, along with the rules of fashion that go with it. In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that designers are breaking the boundaries of seasonal patterns, and they’re doing it with floral, tropical, and botanical prints--yay!
It used to be that November through May was when resort fashions were trotted down the runway. They were originally targeted for the affluent to wear during their annual escape from the dead of winter to more tropical climes. That concept now seems antiquated, so designers are tossing the resort season aside in favor of “pre-spring”. Pre-spring collections tend to stay on the rack longer while also maintaining their retail price.
Oscar de la Renta
What’s a designer to do to keep the fashions fresh from brisk autumn to icy winter and on to balmy spring? Like white pants after Labor Day, floral patterns used to be shelved after the summer season. Now, they’re showing up year ‘round. Oscar de la Renta states, “Women buy clothes today to wear whenever they want.” They choose clothes that they fall in love with, without regard to whether a floral is acceptable in December.
Nevertheless, the flowers and botanicals don’t have to look fresh from a garden party. Dior puts an abstract bent on his florals and Jason Wu put his botanicals in silhouette. De la Renta put a menswear-inspired glen plaid behind his florals. The LinkedIn fashion group Mudpie recently reported on miniaturizing patterns to create textures, used to good effect by Dior.
What will you do to make your florals alluring across all seasons?
| |I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this image (at right) of a 1918 naval ship with a crazy op art pattern on it! Was this the work of an early Cubist or perhaps a modern day Photoshop job? Nope. It's a real ship painted in a form of "disruptive camouflage" called dazzle. Developed by British painter Norman Wilkinson during WWI, dazzle employs high contrast colors and bold, clashing zigzag lines to confuse the eye and make it difficult to discern the outline of a shape. It's an effect that works like the stripes on a zebra in the wild. When used on war ships, this disruption of line can cause viewers from long distances to miscalculate the proximity, direction, and speed of a vessel.
French light cruiser Gloire. Image from news.usni.org.
Although the technique was applied to hundreds of Allied ships during WWI, its success rate was never fully determined. By the early part of WWII, it fell out of use as detection equipment became more advanced and radar was widely adopted. The style continued on throughout the art world, however, during the Cubist, Futurist, and Vorticist movements of the early 20th century, as well as in pop art in the 60s and 70s.
Opel Kadett painted in dazzle design 1990. Image from tate.org.uk.
Frenchstripe Column Dress from Anthropologie.
USS West Mahomet in dazzle camouflage, 1918. Image from Naval History and Heritage Command.
An art deco-looking design on the USS Nebraska in 1918. Image from news.usni.org.
Currently, Dazzle graphics are making a comeback both in art and as camouflage. It's latest adaptation has been used towards interfering with facial recognition software (computer vision) used by companies like FaceBook and Flickr.
And, dazzle can be seen trending right now in fashion from dresses at Anthropologie and Target to Puma sneakers to cell phone skins.
Whether you want to make a bold statement or play with visual perception, dazzle pattern would be fun to experiment with in your next designs. And, it would be cool to come up with a new form of dazzle! I think I can see it being pieced together now...-Kiera
Computer vision (CV) dazzle. Image from jwz.org.
Camo Puma Football Boots.
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