13 Jan WHAT’S GOING ON IN HIGH FASHION – RIGHT NOW!
10. Fila & Jason WU
Remember that Italian footwear brand from the 90’s? Well, Spotted in Hong Kong, Jason Wu and Athleticwear brand FILA have come out for a very cool reinvention of the brand and people are loving it. If you are a fan of the Asian Market (ding ding ding) you will be super stoked to see the influence in the collab. It seems that these days, smaller brands are acknowledging the monopoly that bigger brand like ADIDAS and NIKE have and so they are stirring the cup in a different direction to appeal more to the street cred crowd. The result of this partnership is a fun, wearable collection of sportswear, the dropwaisted sheath dress being our latest obsession.
9. Sustainable Footwear
London College of Fashion design student Nida Gonul is recognizing that when it comes to sustainable fashion, apparel seems to get all the love. Currently she is pioneering the sustainable footwear movement and seeking more alternative materials to use when designing footwear. The production of footwear is a challenging process and right now Gonul’s biggest challenge is finding a factory that will allow for her smaller quantity test production. “One of the main focuses for my studies is thinking of ways to detach the designer from the factory for a smaller scale, more localised production.” says Gonul. She recently submitted to the Kering Award Competition and although she did not win, she succeeded in working with material scientists to develop a biodegradable bioplastic (as well as other alts) as an alternative material for shoes. So what lies in the near future? Only time will tell. But we are sure that Nida will be trailblazing this innovative and creative cause.
8. BOLD GRAPHICS…duit!
We are loving the aggressive, unapologetic patterns we are seeing on this season’s runways. If you have never had the courage to flaunt a statement like this, but always wanted to, you still have time! From Fendi to Balmain, Christopher Kane and Pucci, you can see here, the bolder, the better.
7. And Pantone’s color of the year is…. oh wait… There’s TWO?
Gone are the days of “blue is for boys and pink is for girls”. I mean, am i right? Seems to me Pantone thinks so too because for the first it me in the companies history, they have selected two colors for 2016, PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz and PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity. “We predicted a softening of gender and sexual barriers, plus a new feminism that celebrates girl power but also allows men to recapture their gentler sides.” Pantone says. We currently have our #GFB Ciara Johnson on our Trend Talk channel sharing some style inspiration for the Rose Quartz selection. Go check her out and follow all her social media. As for us, we will be flaunting both colors this year, perhaps even side by side. All as a nod to the mentality of “a world view no longer constrained by gender, sexuality or ethnicity”.
6. Us #DigitalKids are changing makeup retail!
Our friends in Cali sent us this leak early Fall about the new SEPHORA who now has a super cool digital station that encourages consumers to embrace makeup-play while following videos in the style of the now ubiquitous makeup youtubber’s tutorials. Here’s how it works. 12 seats. 12 iPads. 12 mirrors. Consumers can follow along acheiving the makeup look of choice and at the end are encouraged to upload a makeup selfie for the in store beauty board. “When a client comes in and experiences Teach, Inspire, Play, she’s going to experience it on her own, she’s going to experience it through cast members, and she’s going to experience it through technology… And that’s where we really see our differentiator being and how we’re going to continue to innovate.” said Sephora Americas CEO Calvin McDonald.
5. Black ‘n’ White Romance
Hot blooded women everywhere rejoice in your mojo and femininity! This seasons black ‘n’ white romance trend is on fire! Think sheer textiles with the buttons strategically placed for the perfect open blouse, keyholes, plunging round necklines made modest with a statement necklace, and ruffles and fringe just begging to be touched. The upscale sexy is very on trend then, now and always.
4. Making a splash in kidswear, MIFFY turns 60!
This cute iconic dutch rabbit celebrated her birthday this winter and we absolutely loved her. Lately, we have been seeing children flaunting this little darling on T’s but the true reasoning behind the resurgence of our little friend is not only the birthday but initiation into being interactive. Reimagined by Dutch and Japanese artists as part of a year-long Art Parade digital/ creative project. Go check it out!
3. Brocades, Reds & Rusts
There really is nothing more that can be said about this incredible trend. We brought it to you back during our Neiman Marcus Fall Fashion Show episode and the momentum for these heavy textiles is not dying down. Also, the reds and rusts color schemes seem to be taking a front row lately. I’m loving the pairing of blue with the color story. Pantone influence? We think so. 😉
2. Flared jeans… yup, they are still here.
70’s style. We just can’t seem to get enough and since we live in Texas, where jeans are almost a religion, we take notice of all the wonderful shapes, colors and embellishments our local community creates with this textile. Right now the neo-bell bottom is still just as stylish as it is comfortable. Pair it with you favorite sunnies and you’re ready for farmers market, brunch and yes, if paired with something a bit more formal, a night out in the city.
AND 1. YOU BETTER RECOGNIZE! Respect your elders. They were doing it way before it was “cool”!
In fact these ladies invented cool! Back in the 90’s, these women revolutionized a genre. A new model category was born. Way before nepitism defined your supermodel title, epic beauty and attitude was EVERYTHING! These days, the supermodel category doesn’t quite have the same “epicness” that these women brought to the industry, but it’s so awesome to see these faces back on the pages. Shot in black and white by Steven Klein, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer pose in the BALMAIN’s body-conscious and ruffled Spring creations. After my man Christophe Decarnin was lost, my love for Balmain was wishy washy at best, but Oliver’s creative direction here has got me looking at the house again with fresh eyes. Kudos and Bravo… I will always love these three icons. Still looking SMOKIN’ hot, these ladies are simply blowing minds and age boundaries. Love, Love, Love!