September, 2010


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Sep 10

Prints – 70′s Comeback

Reflecting on the 70s trend from our recent post…we compiled a few prints that capture the essence of the bright, fun, and groovy decade. We found that funky abstract florals, bold geo’s, and psychedelic colorways are the perfect mix to accurately represent this rising trend in textiles!

See the rest of our 70s inspired collection!

70s Comeback

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Sep 10

Trending – Retro 70′s

It’s no secret that 70′s is going to be a major hit for S/S 2011. During Fashion Week NY and Milan, designers have shown a particular interest in going retro by using unique colorwayssilhouettes, and accessories in defining the groovy decade.

We searched through our archives and found a vintage issue of Vogue dating back to 1970! Check out this spread we found featuring a strong focus on bold and graphic prints of the time. We love the cartoon aspect and bright colors! This time period has a lot to offer for fresh new takes in prints, graphics and cool motifs.

Vogue 1970

Vogue 1970

Vogue 1970

Vogue 1970


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Sep 10

Prints – Note Worthy

Stationery designers, this one is for you! We’re seeing prints pop-up in office and school atmospheres everywhere & we want to show how easy it is to design a whole coordinating line of paper products and hard goods!

Like this collection? Download these patterns and more..

Note Worthy


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Sep 10

Eager for Cardin

Keep your eyes peeled during Paris fashion week today because Pierre Cardin is making his return on the runway after a long decade! The “space age” pioneer celebrates his 60th anniversary of the label today, and what a way to do it! We expect clean lines and bold colors….but who knows what the fashion genius has in mind for his debut!

Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin 1970


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Sep 10

Prints – Modern Baby

With more and more designers creating baby lines, we had to spotlight a trend toward a more modern look!

Pastels may be the norm for childrenswear, but how about some colorful prints? We feel that a brigher and bolder approach would freshen up this market! Check out how easy it is to turn a onesie into a conversation piece! Try your hand at designing with all sorts of fun combinations.

Play around with these modern baby prints..


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Sep 10

It’s a Man Baby!

Ladies leave your briefcase behind but don’t forget your Bowler!

Women’s fashion this fall has a strong Menswear influence with a feminine twist that makes a strong sexy statement.  Tweeds and twills are the key fabrics this season.  Pinstripes and plaids are on pant suits, while foulards will be used to accessorize, like on the ribbons around Fedoras in order to keep the masculine theme alive.  Let’s not forget the preppy girls who will layer an argyle vest over a button down oxford, and grey flannel shorts.

Here, we have pulled together some menswear inspired patterns from our Knits, Wovens and Print Libraries which you can also download!

I'ts a Man Baby


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Sep 10

Stripes – Striped Down

It’s a fact that stripes are big this season – and by BIG we mean size proportions! Menswear and Womenswear RTW collections showed an interest in going bold with large scale stripes on everything from jackets to dresses. Some designers took a chance with coordinatedshort suits in neutral stripes, while others elongated the figure in wide vertical stripes. Risky? Yes. Do you think consumers will catch on to this trend in stripes?

Download our inspired variations of big stripes below:

 


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Sep 10

On the Street – Prints

We love stepping outside and seeing prints! This lovely lady was spotted crossing the street in a colorful geometric pattern composed of circles and abstract florals!

Hmm…we recall doing a similar board with geo patterns on this post just a few days ago!

Garment District, NYC

 


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Sep 10

Prints – Geometrically Speaking

The SS/2011 runways showcased more than a handful of designers being influenced by the iconic Peggy Guggenheim.

Whether it was for her extroverted character, style, jewels or statement sunglasses, we as textile designers can see all the reasons to be inspired as well. Peggy was an art lover, collector and advocate for all things avant-garde. She accumulated and promoted cutting edge pieces by influential artists such as Picasso, Man Ray,  Dali, Miró, Chagall and many others.

We think she would definitely approve of some unconventional, colorful and bold textile and graphic prints like the ones we put together.

Feeling inspired by Peggy? Find these textiles and more by in our Geometric-inspired collection!

Geometrically Speaking


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Sep 10

Knitwear – Nordic vs Novelty

Judging by the popularity that Nordic influence has had over consumers from the last F/W collections, we have a hunch that his Fall season will have a certain focus on Knits. Preppy argyles, nordic fairisles, and whimsical novelty patterns will be seen on everything from chunky sweaters to thigh high stockings!

Check out the selection below, then search on your own from our Knits library!