trend confirmation: spirit of st. louis

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Aviation trends, as first discussed in February (link), are continuing to appear in several Spring collections. However, this trend is still simmering and has not reached boiling point yet. As a trend better suited to Fall styles, expect it to be seen in even more shows next season.

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italian summer: botanical crush

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This is the first in a series of posts inspired by my time spent in Italy this Summer as a member of a merchandising study abroad program through Parsons.

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trend confirmation: neckerchiefs

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As reported in February (link), neckerchiefs have continued to rise in popularity as a key trend item for men. Though this trend first appeared as part of a more singular aesthetic (military/mechanic/vintage aviation), it has grown to near ubiquity. It seemed nearly every menswear collection for Spring 2014 played on some iteration of the trend; fitting it into the mold of their own designs. In addition to the shorter styles pictured above, many designers are also featuring full length woven scarves worn in a similarly fitted style.

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soft rebel – f/w 2014 menswear

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Soft Rebel is largely inspired by late 1950’s and early 1960’s menswear trends. Key trends include spread collars, higher waisted pants, knit tops, and cropped tops.

Key items will include camp shirts and gas station jackets.

The color pallete will be made up largely of “muddied” brights; saturated tones that have been dulled down by the addition of green or brown. For the first time in several seasons, we will also begin to see green reemerge as a dominant color. Salmon and chartreuse will be used as accent colors, mostly in prints.

Knit and double knit fabrics will be seen throughout looks for the season, and will add texture and thickness in tops.  Ethnic inspired prints will continue to have relevance, however the influences for these prints will now be coming from new locales. Expect tiki and South East Asian prints and motifs to dominate.

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s/s 2014 details – floating color

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s/s 2014 silhouettes – floating color

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In translating this forecast into silhouettes, the trend is expressed less through construction and more so by how color is used to optically manipulate form.

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floating color- cultural moodboard

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Artists, designers, and cultural innovators are finding unexpected way to utilize color as a means of changing the world around them.

-Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude create large scale installations that blanket the world, both urban and rural, in startling color (top right and bottom left). Their most famous work, The Gates, injected bright orange fabric into a snow covered Central park.

-Yarn bombing is a new form of graffiti in which yarn is knit around objects as a way of reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places. At center right is an excellent example of the practice in which a yarn bomber has made a hostile, dark, industrial object feel bright and cozy. The practice of yarn bombing has quickly become a cultural meme.

-Jessi Arrington (upper left) is a blogger, graphic artist, event organizer, and speaker who has made it a personal mission to use color to change the world. One of her best known projects is The Rainbow Parade, the largest of which brought together 179 people. Anyone who wishes to take part is invited. Participants wear monochromatic outfits and arrange themselves in rainbow order. They march through urban areas and spread joy to unsuspecting passerby.

While the creative platforms above may not at first seem to have direct implications for apparel design, the underlying cultural mood inspiring them  is having a similar influence on fashion.

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s/s 2014 color concept: floating color

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More from this forecast:

s/s 2014 silhouettes – floating color

s/s 2014 details – floating color

s/s 2014: key directions in design

floating color- cultural moodboard

floating color- influencers

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floating color- additional influencers

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To further reinforce the ideas behind Floating Color, the strongest directional trend mentioned in my previous post, I am including here additional inspirations I discovered in my research. Most of all, I am inspired by the story behind the image of a favela pictured at bottom center.

Favelas are urban Brazilian shanty towns. They are populated by former rural citizens who migrated to urban centers for work, but found that they were not able to afford to live in better conditions. About 6% of Brazilian citizens live in these villages.

In 2010, Dutch artists Haas and Hahn began a project called “Favela Painting“. The goal of the project is to revitalize these shanty towns through the power of color; inspiring the citizens and bringing joy to these communities. The project also provides work and wages to the residents of these Favelas.

From the project’s Facebook page:

‘Favela painting’ affects the aesthetic order of how favelas are perceived from within and outside its natural embryonic growth. Colour brings hope. It brings a different understanding of space and its people, inviting others to co-create and co-represent much more constructively and positively life here. It appeals to our senses in a way that we do not reject but embrace these places and the potential for better life. It articulates a different discourse of social change; of engagement, contributing to improve life for favela dwellers.

This powerful description shows how meaningful the use of color can be in re-imagining our world.

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s/s 2014 details – floating color

s/s 2014: key directions in design

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s/s 2014: key directions in design

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For several years, contemporary architecture has largely been grounded in two polar directions: finding ways to re-imagine manmade forms as an organic part of their natural surroundings, AND creating sleek/serious industrial monoliths. Though the potential creative implications of both are meaningful, it can hardly be said that either inspires a visceral sense of joy. A movement towards playful and unexpected use of color taps into consumer’s desire for an uplifting escape from reality.

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Gentrification has been a cultural hot button topic for several years now. In a culture built around the idea of constant movement forward, how do we nurture the need for revitalization without compromising the current infrastructure needed to sustain us? Innovators on both large and small scales are discovering ways to recreate existing forms by encasing them in novel exteriors.

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Many modern designers are exploring the intersection of the natural and industrial worlds and finding that, surprisingly, these forms can be combined to create a singular aesthetic. When paired with wood, the subtle visual inconsistencies of concrete seem to morph into natural growth patterns. Conversely, the wooden elements become more rigid and solid seeming, as though they emerged from the earth as pre-fabricated parts.

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