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Top trend for 2014: the textured sweatshirt

It seems far-fetched that no so long ago (and say that I’m not the only one in this) I wouldn’t have dared to get dressed in track pants and sweatshirts outside the gym club. However, at the moment, they are at the top of my shopping list; I just have to have them (or make them if I can remember how to sew). Due to those visionary high-end designers the sportswear staples have been revived to glam chic level: last year the baseball jackets and fancy drawstring pants were all over fashion magazines, this spring season the It-status belongs to sweatshirts and sneaker shoes.

Embellished sweatshirt trend shopping guide

Denim trends: patchwork, decorated, distressed

A striking, more “rebellious” approach in denim trends is the patchwork style, introduced in fashion by Chloé spring 2010 runway show (a pair of patched blue jeans teamed with a denim shirt) and made popular by Isabel Marant’s fall-winter 2011 collection with her denim mélange pieces. For spring 2013 Phillip Lim continues this trend 'with three wardrobe staples: the jeans, the shirt and the short summer dress. The smooth finishings make these denim pieces look more like color-block prints. Paris-based creative studio Surface to Air also hop on this trend with more subtle pastel hues.

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Denim trends: all denim look

Designers paid attention to all-denim style sported by "it" girls and "off-duty" models and came up with comfy alternatives for head-to-toe look with modern versions of denim jumpsuits, overalls and rompers. They're already adopted by trendsetters as captured by the lens of street style photographers.

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Denim trends: from bleached to indigo

Resort 2014 collections show a wide range of denim pieces; resort fashion season is known for displaying wearable clothes, but it’s still a surprise that this universal fabric is considered so hip. The trends of 2013: double denim looks, bleached denim, denim work shirts are still going strong. Designers use more and more softer fabrics with denim appearance: chambray, lyocell and even silk at Jason Wu.

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Eudon Choi's geometric elegance

For Eudon Choi, Korean-born, London-based womenswear designer, the perfect winter coat should add instant elegance but also "offer a real sense of protection and be really practical". A trained menswear designer in Seoul Eudon started his international career after graduating London Royal College of Art's MA course in women’s fashion.

Eudon Choi fall-winter 2012 collectionEudon Choi fall-winter 2012 collection

Resort 2013 microtrend: blue leather

It seems that nothing says "holiday" more than a blue leather jacket. For Resort 2013 season fashion designers have reinvented the ubiquitous leather piece by dipping it in different shades of blue from posh cerulean to urban navy. The styles include also a leather trench (Reed Krakoff) besides the now classical motor jacket and the blazer. For a striking outfit, the blue leather jacket makes best team with crisp white and luscious black, but some other blue, beige and gray shades can be thrown in the mix.

Resort 2013 microtrend: blue leather jackets

The leather shorts: on its way to classic

Every fashionista must own a pair of leather shorts says Net-a-Porter.Com. This urban chic trend will be present on the fashion scene for at least two seasons, and even if it may seem like targeted for teens, new designs on offer are more women friendly. Sure this look could easily slip into the tacky zone if being too short, tight and “zipper-y” or teamed up with glitzy tops – Balmain even counts on this formula.

Leather shorts trend: spring/summer 2011 designer collections

Resort 2012 fashion trend: scarves and handkerchiefs

Resort 2012 collections are being presented in New York this June. These are holiday, party-time clothes and designers feel free to experiment but they also follow the leading trends for 2012.

Resort 2012 fashion trend: batik scarf dresses

Mixed styles, warm autumn colors at H&M

Global fashion label H&M enlists American topmodel Karlie Kloss to star in the autumn 2011 lookbook. Trends for the upcoming fall include 1970s tailoring from soft, thick fabrics (flannel, tweed, leather) and precious silk, lace, brocade, velvet, all in warm colors including luscious burgundy red, camel, chocolate brown, cream, tan, forest green, rusty brown, tomato red.

H&M fall 2011 collection lookbook - 1

What to wear before fall

What is your in-between-seasons favorite wardrobe pieces? The ones that go perfectly with the last days of summer yet “stating” the upcoming fall's trends? Here are some sartorial ideas gathered from the pre-fall 2010 collections.

Floral print goes beyond summer days only now chose rich, autumn colors on deep colored background. A dress (a shirt or even a coat) in dark florals is a great way to end August and start the fall season.

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Spring/Summer 2011 key fashion themes from Printsource&Promostyl

The Style Guide report published in January 2010, created by Promostyl and presented at Printsource show, emphasize four key trends for the Spring/Summer 2011 fashion season (including women's, men's, kids’ apparel market)

Spring/Summer 2011 theme Patchwork - "The Fifties injects a spirit of fun and exuberance in this theme created by free associations, eclectic assortments and cheery accumulations. Textiles take on a whimsical play with textures and structures for an arty and poetic feel. Prints are created with a bustling medley of textures, renderings and scales in a refreshing artistic and polychromatic vein. The color palette is a mix of matte gouache tones with vitamin accents and cozy neutrals."

Spring/Summer 2011 theme Transform - "The quest for a new elegance pairs science with sensuality for a theme that is tactile but strange. Fabrics focus on experimentations with yarns and new textures to create a modern minimalist style. Prints are inspired by the world of living patterns like bacteria, animal skins and X-Ray flowers. The color palette is made up of synthetic natural shades, chlorophyll greens and mutant skin tones."

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Ciff fashion themes for spring 2011

Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) just published a signature preview on spring/summer 2011 season main fashion themes.

Tiny Pleasures spring/summer 2011 theme addresses the emo humans

Key words: sensitive, romantic, poetic, timeless, spiritual

"Modestly and patience, seeking to construct a tender refuge to escape from vagaries of the world, the brutality of events, the tumults and rumors of the outside world. At the crossroads of Asian refinement and Nordic humanist spirit, a fresh, respectful kind of design to the embellishment of daily lives..."

Exotic Junk – addresses the neo dissidents

Key words: wild, anti establishment, neo pirates, disobedient, dazzling

"Who has never dreamt of a land of one’s own, a paradise between earth and sea, voluntarily shipwrecked, to create one’s own civilization, far from the restraints of urban world? Our imaginations are drawn to Easter Island, to the legendary shores of Hawaii, and then to inventing a new kind of esthetic."

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Keep your shoulders strong!

The bold shoulder was a quite shocking trend when it reappeared on the fashion scene two seasons ago with Balmain jackets, Balenciaga tops and Givenchy couture. Not many dared to try it as the rule was you have to be as fierce as this new style.

strong shoulder trend - resort 2010

Pantone spring 2010 fashion color report

Pantone color report, published this September, brings news of optimism in spring 2010 fashion. “Splashes of sunshine” is next season’s motto inspired by vibrant hues seen on New York runways.

Lively bright shades: soothing Turquoise, Amparo Blue, romantic Violet, gleaming Aurora yellow and refreshing shades of orange (Fusion Coral) and red (Tomato Purée) add a sense of joy while luxurious but practical neutrals (bubbly Pink Champagne, warm beige Tuscany, the ultimate green Dried Herb and the cool gray Eucalyptus) complement what you already own in your wardrobe.

Pantone spring 2010 fashion colour report: TurquoisePantone spring 2010 fashion colour report: Tomato Purée

Fall 2009's new LBD: the leather dress

Fall 2009-Winter 2010 season has an exciting offer of LBDs - the ultimate staple of the feminine wardrobe. Among the "plethora" of sophisticated and very flattering black dresses, the leather(y) ones put a contemporary spin on the iconic LBD, although the "now" factor won't prevent them from becoming classical items themselves.

leather LBD fall 2009

Favorite fw09/10 leather LBDs: Chanel, Michael Kors, Jeremy Laing and Helmut Lang.

Best fashion trends at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival

The most glamorous film festival existent did not disappoint this year, world crisis and all. For twelve days (May 13-24) Cannes was the scene of international art cinema and glamorous style. The movies might have been controversial but the outfits were breathtaking and that was unanimously agreed. Big screen's lovely muses from around the world paraded on the red carpet starting new trends in fashion and beauty. Armani Privé, Atelier Versace and Marchesa couture houses were favored.

Sheer gowns with thigh-high slit wow the audience (men, especially) but simple hair-do, make up and minimal jewelry keep this look lady-like. 

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace, Rachel Weisz and Evangeline Lilly, both in Valentino. 

Fashion Color Report Spring 2009

Spring 2009 will see the return of bright, cheerful colors in tempered combination with "deeper, translucent or neutral tones". Pantone Color Institute and New York fashion designers released a full report on the fashion colors, inspirations and must-haves for spring 2009.

Green is definitely the color of spring 2009 as it will invigorate us
and our wardrobes with three different tones: the quintessential
spring hue Vibrant Green, the calmer and sophisticated Dark Citron, and
clean, clear Lucite Green with a subtle shimmer.


Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2009

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

Trend spotting continues! Here are the spring 2009 fashion trends at first look over Paris Fashion Week collections:

Asymmetric: long/short trail-y gowns irreverent called ‘mullet dresses' made a shocking appearance on Paris runways. Except for an iconic rock wedding dress of the early 90s this cut never emerged as a fashion trend and I think neither will now, although we will see some experiments on the red carpet.

 

Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: asymmetry

 

Balmain, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro and Nina Ricci

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

Milan Fashion Week revealed the Italian view on spring 2009 fashion: glamorous and sophisticated, sometimes opulent but very feminine. Here are some of the spring 2009 trends:

1. Bejeweled: not only evening gowns but also trenches and short coats are adorned with stones, big paillets, studs or crystals.

Alberta Ferretti, Burberry Prorsum, Derercuny, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro and Blumarine

London Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

London Fashion Week (14th-19th September 2008) revealed some of the spring 2009 trends. These were the most obvious for me; if you noticed other trends feel free to share your findings.

1. Color block: clashing two or three color combinations; hot pink or fuchsia makes a vivid contrast with fluorescent shades of yellow, orange or green.

 

 

LF Markey, Josh Goot, Richard Nicoll and Sinha Stanic