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FIDM Library Style Report Summer 2013
Overview: A palette of grey, blue, and black seems to be prevalent, perhaps channeling world events, but with a counter-balance of bold, bright, and carefree colors and a spirit of “anything can happen.” With technology moving at an accelerated pace, we learn to adapt to our lives according to devices that alter the speed of contemporary rituals. GPS navigates our course of direction, apps such as Siri give us personal concierge service, and digitized files can be transferred to on-demand cyberspace via cloud services. Bio design also is making leaps with new discoveries in repurposed textiles, imitating nature, while 3D printing makes it possible to prototype shoes, furniture, and even food.
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Women: Seventies shapes, with oversized, high-neck tops cut from classic denim, or high-waist, deep-cuffed pants. Patterns on leather give a raised 3D effect, and studded handbags carry with it the post-punk aesthetic. Neo-conservative silhouettes with peek-a-boo details, such as updated pencil skirts with cropped blouses, ladylike gloves with biker details, and classic pumps leave something to the imagination. A splash of seductive red and softer brick reds are exciting for junior’s accessories. The Glastonbury Festival in the UK brings with it a flashback to Woodstock, with girls wearing flowers in their hair, but with a modern twist on fashions and shades.
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Men: Experimental shapes, textures and materials redefine the role menswear is playing in the context of the traditional. Rockabilly Teddy Boy looks gives a nod to David Bowie with glitzy retro rock swag. Black leather and sequins and a flash of red lipstick conjure the male peacock, with a show of provocative attitude. On the other side of the spectrum, an ethnic/tribal trend continues with geometric shapes taking center stage, as seen in the classic Converse high-tops reworked in African fabrics. Eclectic pattern abstractions in sweater knits and unexpected mixes in color and texture reinforce global influences and promote an emerging self-awareness and interest in our Ethnic roots.
Whitaker Chair and Ottoman by Jonathan Adler
Interiors: A soft palette inspires dreamy tones of pastel pink, mint green, chalky blue, and buttery white. For a punch of color, a palette of indigo and violet is a dynamic key. Bold color blocking, zigzags, and stripes inform a graphic influence on furniture and materials. Retro, midcentury shapes reinforced by the Mad Men series, are going strong with a contemporary spin on the past. Segmented and sectioned sofas and chairs call to the sixties, in bright blasts of red, emerald green, and royal blue. Geometric honeycomb shapes in tables and chairs, sofas and credenzas takes design to an almost three dimensional level.
Information and analysis for the Style Report is derived from staff review of a variety of trend publications and observation of our community’s zeitgeist. For more information contact the FIDM Library and get your style on!