Colour Forecasts and Trend Tracking for Fashion, Footwear, Handbags, Jewelry and Accessories
Spring this year is in the pink! Pale blush shades are at the pale spectrum of the pink palette going all the way to more intense, tropical, hot pinks. Designers set the pace by sending head to toe pink fashions down the runway. Accessories tap into the trend as well, from head to toe, from jewelry and eyewear to shoes.
The proliferation of tech gadgets has been a boom for leather goods with specialized covers for a myriad of models and sizes of phones, tablets, etc.
That tough urban street-smart look of black leather and lots of studs does not mean forfeiting femininity.
Fur (often the real thing but not always) is back, albeit in small doses showing up in unexpected places.
We went bird watching in the fashion capitals.
Handbags and leather accessories are understated this season without elaborate bells and whistles.
It’s time to go home, get comfortable, relax and put your feet up.
Retro military gold braids, brass buttons and silk frog closures have injected a whiff of nostalgic romance into street fashions this season.
Elaborate luxurious brocade fabrics are no longer just for fancy holiday parties.
Stars motifs in fashion seem to have eternal staying power just like the constellations on a clear night.
It’s official! Badges, decals, stickers and pins are the new way to personalize anything, from a jacket to a handbag or backpack, even shoes.
They are back! Leopards, cheetahs and tigers are rekindling their love affair with fashion.
Olive greens to the front!
The house of Gucci has been undergoing turbulent changes ever since Alessandro Michele took over as design director a little more than a year ago.
Leathers and materials promised luxurious refinement for fall/winter 2017/18 footwear, handbags and accessories.
Premiere Vision in Paris has grown exponentially from being a textile fair to include yarns for knitwear, leathers, furs, accessories and hardware.
A handbag is a woman’s calling card, and choosing a new style will certainly show the world that she is fashion-savvy.
Everything is in bloom, and garden parties and country picnics are being enjoyed all summer long.
You don’t actually have to own a horse in order to get the newest handbag silhouette: a saddlebag!
The exhibition at the Tate Modern in London “The World Goes Pop” has come and gone but its effects are resonating throughout the fashion industry.
Black and white, plus red/white and blue were overwhelming early spring colour statements in Paris and Milan. European retailers usually receive merchandise closer to the actual season, and, indeed, there was only a sprinkling of newness in Paris this past month. However, Milan windows had transitioned into spring more extensively, not only with the traditional crisp graphic colour story but also with an abundance of pales and floral prints.
Based on the strong tradition of leather tanning and leather goods manufacturing in Italy, Lineapelle in Milan is the important international trade event for anyone in those industries. The fair this past month proposed a colour story for spring/summer 2017 with ranges referencing contemporary pop, bright digitized colours, neutral earth tones and soothing pales. And every palette used black, white and grey as an anchor to build on. However, it is the treatment of leather, textures and finishes that were really providing newness.
Première Vision in Paris this February has become a one stop shopping expedition for all those seeking early Spring/Summer 2017 guidance and inspiration. This international textile fair has expanded into leather in a separate hall, Première Vision Leather, and another section has been dedicated to findings, called Première Vision Accessories.
Handbag silhouettes don’t hold any surprises for next fall. However, new materials and treatments will give them a true makeover. Fluffy white fur, soft shearling, woolly fringe and leather tassels are some surface treatments on handbags bound to grab attention. The 70s patchwork trend should also translate well into bags together with folkloric print and embroidery. Foliage motifs have segued from jewelry to fabrics to embossed leathers for bags, in tune with the season. Sparkle and shiny patent and metallic leathers remain an integral part of fall as well. A bit of whimsy tops off any handbag assortment with a smile.