Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Looking to 2016: Age of Aquarius Trend

Historically, all fashion trends make a comeback at some point and right now the Age of Aquarius is having a moment again, but with a modern twist. Whether it is a resurgence in flea and thrift shopping, or the desire for items that are made to last and manufactured in the United States, both vintage and new items that harken back to the 1970s are back en vogue.

Deep burgundy, orange, and brown are big players in fashion. Natural leathers and suedes are seen in long trench coats and accessories. Bold patterns of amorphous shapes and zig zags are stitched into purses or woven into sweaters. Macramé makes a guest appearance in a shrunken sweater-vest, and you can’t turn around without bumping into a pair of platform heels.

Homes are decorated with a mix of antique furniture from the 1970s and new items that reflect that time period. Textiles showcase bold geometric patterns in oranges, greens, and browns, and mixing and matching these patterns is encouraged. Dishware can be seen in warm colors with similar patterns.

Iconography from the decade carries over into holiday décor. Peace signs, daisies, and birds take their place on both jewelry and Christmas ornaments. Goldtone finishes make a comeback in stamped ornaments and Best Friend heart necklaces.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Looking to 2016: Armor Trend

Tactical and industrial, our Armor trend is a nod to soldiers of ancient and modern day, of fictional knights, and post-apocalyptic heroines. It is all about metal, leather, and new-age textiles made to be strong yet flexible. The color story is bold and dark, spanning from the deepest blacks to the creamiest oxblood red, with accents of sand and stone grey. Metallic finishes run the gamut from aged industrial steel to high gloss chrome.

Dresses and tops can be seen with metallic and crystal detail mimicking chest plates, while boots are chunky and highly adorned with sparkle and spikes. Harsh linear elements of leather and geometric cut-outs of new age fabrics add drama to clothing and accessories. Jewelry is bold; necklaces are layered with a mix of metal finishes, crystals, and pearls, and arm cuffs mimic those of ancient Rome.

Interiors are industrial and metal, leather, and suede play a big role. Furniture uses elements from the past that have been re-imagines into a new piece. Gears of unfinished steel and accents of rusty skeleton keys can be paired with refined matte gold and high gloss chrome accents. Textiles are deep, rich leathers and woven suedes in dark neutrals.

The mix of metallic finishes carry over into the holiday season. Dark gun metal blacks can be accented with clear crystals, and deep pewters and antique bronzes look fresh when paired on the same Christmas tree.