Floral for spring is not groundbreaking, as astutely noted in “The Devil Wears Prada,”. Floral Menswear for the past few seasons has been transcendent, such as Vivienne Westwood’s spring ’13 floral-inspired collection. Gone are the micro paisley/floral prints of decades past. Instead, bold, dark yet vibrant floral patterns for menswear have been on trend. Notably, Givenchy’s ‘Birds of Paradise’ tee have allowed men to be more comfortable with floral menswear in their everyday wear. For Spring ’14, Prada, Gucci, Dries Van Noten and Valentino have continued to travel down this path, all showing floral prints making their way down the runway. From Prada’s bold displayRead More →

Part of the upcoming year’s palette of a thoughtful, artistic colors, 2014’s shade of choice is radiant orchid. In a news release late last week, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute said, “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.” This illuminating color has already been incorporated in the spring 2014 runway shows of Juicy Couture, Yoana Baraschi, and recent up and comer Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan. Radiant Orchid pairs well with 2014’s chosen neutrals of PalomaRead More →

With inspiration deriving from fantastical imagery, layered prints from collages, a fusion of floral and paisley embodying a psychedelic pop, this season’s trend watch, Ethereal Garden, will have your wardrobe brimming with colorful life. JLD-Studios will presenting this trend next week at Printsource. TREND Overlapping symmetrical prints, distorted imagery and remnants of the Aztec culture, all immersed in a bright palette of juicy and spicy hues, are some of the key print trends we are following for this Ethereal Garden collection. INSPIRATION Surreal style and floral immersed in high-contrast hues that are large in scale and abstract in nature are all sources of inspiration forRead More →

When starting a collection the generation of a color story is very important. From the blues to gold to pinks and purples, no matter what story you choose it obvious to say that they must go well together. Whether you choose to go with a monochromatic color scheme or a complimentary, it is such an important part of the collection process. Some designers may choose to go to a picture for color inspiration; others may choose to use a series of paintings or photographs. Another great resource that a good majority of the fashion world today chooses to go through is forecasting services. They mayRead More →