Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Trends Belstaff FW14 - The return of the "Fashion Mojo"

This is the collection to relaunch your fashion MOJO.......
The Belstaff Fall Winter 2014 collection is expressive, eclectic, and filled with the marriage of rich textures and luxury attention to details.

It's completely connected to the mood of today, a "Mash-up" of contemporary styles, something from the past, (Historical), combined with a twist of today (Clean Modernity.) and created new by a step into what could be the future (Twists, combinations and silhouette.)

This is a must on the List OBD - Objects of Desire.

The silhouettes are tough but with a twist of elegance. The collection too has some contrasts with it's mix of historical uniform references. 
I love the touch of 'danger' with the ultra - high temperature, heat resistant, furnace gloves.....

I find this statement completely 3 dimensional, the blend of raw energy and uniform inspired colours and the translation into leather, suede and sheepskin, it's attention to protection and the touch of engineered design. 

I love especially the mixing of these rustic, earthy colours which are completely in keeping with a quality 'House of Leather' and allows the layers of different textures to stand out as something special,  from strong diamond quilting panels to heavy grain leathers, straps and buckles in a fourth material and of course the depth of a rich shearling collar.

Do you remember Mad Max? 
Maybe this is somewhere in the design teams inspirational boards........

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Trends - Modern Reflections - By Sidney Rhule.

The trend concept 'Modern Reflections' was developed to illustrate and inspire the wide spectrum of creative influences driving the new season, FW13 

The concept highlights the need to understand a new world order. 
New values of creativity and experiment. The celebration of authentic history through tailoring and the extravagance of opulent materials.

There was a sense of drama, adventure and exploration, where luxurious materials were highlighted in outerwear, sinister moods moved carefully through evening wear and elegant accessories, rich tapestry and ethnic twists, adorned casual jackets, leather and denim. While modern layers of reflective coatings and hyper colours in prints, made exciting playmates, in scuba inspired tops and urban sweatshirts. 

The silhouettes were oversized and rounded in the shoulders. 
Fabrics expressed new textures and a new sense of expressive decoration.
With a key statement in slick, refined tailoring and outspoken outerwear.

I created 5 themes to highlight the most dominant trends. 
Urban Metropolis, Love & Shadows, Global Pioneers, Pilgrim Shelter, The Treasure Box. 

Click below, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy the journey!

Denim Trends - Amsterdam - The new denim capital.

Yes, yes, yes!

It has been long known fact, that some of the best jeans brands, make focused product launches and test trials in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
These three cities have had a reputation as having the 'keys to the making of a successful denim brand'. Stating that the consumer shopping habits, for denim in these cities, can give strong indications for the right wash, finish, colour and of course the best fit for european tastes.

Now finally after years of redeveloping the denim look and feel, Amsterdam has stepped out in front.

All things urban and jeans have been pointing in this direction for some time.
Denim havens such as Tenue de Nimes in Elandsgracht 60, Amsterdam.
The opening of a University dedicated to denim, The House of Denim. (who will send out its first graduates this year).
Also endorsing the denim royalty status, is Levi's, whose denim design studio, re located from Brussels to Amsterdam a few seasons ago.

.....And now finally Amsterdam has its own Denim Trade Show.

Watch the Kingpins on Vimeo for more on the show.

This 7th / 8th  May 2014 will launch a new Denim trade sales show- Kingpins in Amsterdam!