TREND FORECAST AUTUMN / WINTER 2012-2013
Soft Story Mega Trend
This 1950â€™s inspired trend takes us back to the nostolgic age of peaches and cream. Soft Story was extremly feminine featuring delicate pastels nad powder puff details. This along with the hot rod influence of supped up clssic cars, defines the 2011 /2012 season as a retro comback
Riding Waves Mega Trend
This trend took to the seas as designers took inspiration from vibrant coral reefs and nautical blue hues .This trend played a large role in the Print Mix mini trend that surfaced during 2012. These citrus tones of coral and melodic prints of the sea contraste to create an interesting visual statements when paired with neon and asymetric graphic patterns.
Pretty in Punk Mega Trend
This trend was youth driven, playing on the black on black tones of punk rock style while adding feminine touches. Fresh faced makeup, soft waves, top nots and shear fabrics contrasted the heavy pyramid studding and hardward accessories that defined this trend. The Ombre mimi trend was also significant. Gradient wash was not only trending in clothing, but this trend took the overall aproach, transending even to hair and nail syles.
Futura Mega Trend
This trend was the product of music and art. Artists such as Kanye West , Katy Perry and The Blackeyed Peas hit the charts with futuristic lyrics and beats. this directly affected the fahsion of 2011/2012, which features cosmic prints, transparency, biomechanical textures and metalics.
Tribal City Mega Trend
Bold graphic prints with angular designs, exotic influenc African, Indian , as well as Aztec traditional beadwork and textiles. Woven fabrics, chunky wooded accessories and snake skin accents give this mega trend a safari feel.
Bollywood Babe Mega Trend
International exploration was the overwhelming tone of 2011/2012. Designers like Chanel took the front stage with Bollywood inspired collections. This trend displayed an impressive amount of embelishment, which played nicely into the hardware and metalic mini trend that was happening during this time.
UNREFINED The 2011/2012 season brought about a sense of mechanicalism. With the Futura and Pretty in Punk trends, these past years we have seen a shift towards minimalism and graphics, paired with heavy metal. In reaciton to this the Unrefined mega trend for 2013 reinvents the natural.Taking cues from both trends by featuring metalics. Unrefined hints at the grunge trend that was popular throughout the 1990s. With worn testures, unfinished edges and unraveled knits, this trend is tactile. Unrefined is earthly innovation for, the senses, while hinting at the alternative punk styles seen in this past season.
Color story stone. Inspiration for these tones come from artists like Ozeki and Collete Davis.The color swatches therefore have names that correspond with natural minerals or precious stone.s
Accent Colors Granite Bismuth Fluorite Earthly Mica Dissonance Fools Gold Neutral Colors
Onix Erosion True Grit Uncut Opal Graphite Olivine Abstraction Quartz Decadent Decay Soft Riff Celestite
Designers such as, Giles,Tamarando and James Long have all created collections that display the distressed naturalistic qualities of the Unrefined mega trend for pre fall. Key looks for this trend include shredded or unraveling kintes, unfinished edges, burned fabric as prints and rustic hardware.
ASIAN ARTISAN A continuation of the Print Mix of 2012 and a reach farther East. In reaciotn to the unconventional prints of the past seasons, which play on abstract images, unique textures, and neons, Asian Artisan is a revival of the classic checks and plaids. The historic notes of this trend are offset by its oriental influences.
Accent Colors Buri Electric Euphoria Anago Historian Sakura
Color Story Asian Artisan is influence not only by traditional Japan and China, but the twist in this trend comes from the subtle hint at classic American style.The bold hues of oriental brocaded fabric inspires the accent colors of this trend. Setimental and always timeles nuetral tones represent classic materials like tweed and a feeling of balance, essential to asian culture.Which is why some of the names describing the color palete are Japanese terms used to describe taste.
Umami Tweed Katsuobushi Oolong Kombu White Tea
Designers, Zac Posen and Haider Ackermann are at the forefront of the Asian artisan trend.The disaasters that struck Japan during the 2011/12 season left these designers to take inspiration from the far east. Not only is the Asian Artisan trend following the overarching trend of exotic exploration that was seen in the backcast, but the manifestations of this trend show a recolleciton of traditional japanese style paired with classic patterns and sillouettes of Americaâ€™s past. Key looks for this trend include a sinched waist, traditional obi belts, print mixes, and structural jackets which hint at origami folding.
After 2011/ 2012’s exotic exploration, featured in the Bollywood Babe and Tribal City tmega trends, Fall/Winter 2013 will continue to take inspiraiton from far away nations. The Northen naitons will drive the feeling of Dark Romance, Thereby fostering the Slavic Brocade mega trend. The detail and embelishments of this trend will be reminicent of the the “hand crafted” look of Bollywood Babe. In contrast to the geometric prints of Tribal City, floral applicays dictate the feminine feel of Slovic Brocade. This desire for Dark Romance comes as no surprise to those who endulged in the vampire craze that defined 2011 and 2012.
Accent Colors Adornment Pozeza Orange Milaya
Kohannya Neutral Colors
Dark Romance Vecora Stitchery Vuhrami Luna
Slavic Brocade draws inspiration from traditional icelandic embroidery and applicays. The overwhelming sense of darkness sparks feelings of Romanticism. Dark tones contrast mystic pink, blue, orange and blood red hues, creating tension while keeping thoughts of Spring alive.
Designers, such as Dolce and Gabbana, Nina Ricci, Valentino and Alexander Mcqueen, have centered their pre fall collections around Slavic Brocade. Their display of Russian flowers and intense color palletes produce a Gothic movement for 2013. Intricate cut outs and sheer materials will be staples for this trend.
SOURCES WGSN. com Tumblr. com Pintrest. com Sylesight. com Official Magazine (April 2012) Vogue. com