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THE DIGITAL E

RUIMOU CHEN>>> NEW YORK TREND SPOTTING FALL 2012

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THE DIGITAL ERA


THE DIGITAL ERA The evolving impact of online culture on design is mirrored in the pixelated minimalism, synthetic effects, and beautifully twisted concepts of THE DIGITAL ERA. A sharp preppy approach to lo-fi digital ideas creates clean lines, inlaid constructions and composite color arrangements - in stark contrast to dreamlike blurred sheers, fade-out stripes and ombrĂŠ treatments. Sartorial quirks merge with profile updates for a strangely personal way to disrupt high-fashion looks. Plastic fantasies drive an unreal, cartoon-like direction of playful prints and styling.


INSPIRATIONS


ELECTRIC GRAPHICS

Electic graphics is the number one key prints for THE DIGITAL ERA>>> It is inspired by futuristic elements such as the galaxy, abstract shapes,comics characters.


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Source: Vogue/Original Street Photographs


BUILDING BLOCKS Building Blocks is another iconic symbol for THE DIGITAL ERA>>> It is inspirited by the clone technology. Repetitive blocks and transitional colors represent the artificial trend of the technology-based new world.


seen in fashion

Source: Vogue/Original Street Photographs


SYNTHETIC SHEER

Synthetic Sheer represents the artificial see-through materials used in THE DIGITAL ERA. Plastic, PVC and other materials are commonly used in fashion now. As an emerging fabric, these materials carry a strong futuristic theme for this trend.


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Source: Vogue/Original Street Photographs


DECONSTRUCTION

Deconstruction>>> A pursuit of freedom Cut-out fabrics from THE DIGITAL ERA stands for people’s desire of being free. The uniqueness of the piece is a symbol for each individual.


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Source: Vogue/Original Street Photographs


VARNISHED

Varnished>>> The artificial touch of the material and texture create the futuristic characteristic for THE DIGITAL ERA. The varnished style is not only used in fabrics but also in make-up and hair.


seen in fashion

Source: Vogue


TECH SAVY

THE DIGITAL ERA is about how the rapidly growing technology age has great impact on fashion>>> Technology savy fashion pieces represent the computer and Internet age of the futuristic fashion


seen in fashion Microsoft’s design team has fashioned a dress for the introverts and oversharers in the crowd. The Printing Dress, as it’s called, is the most recent invention in the dilatory movement of wearable technology. The dress, a classic A-line silhouette with a sweetheart neckline, lets the tongue-tied wearer type out messages on a corset keyboard to be projected onto a glowing white skirt for all to read. Source: Vogue/Flickr


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Source: Vogue

Left>> DVF’s New York Fashion Week SS2013 collection, featured appearances form Google’s ‘Glass’. Glass is the innovative new pair of specs that allow the wearer to film and photograph their viewpoint through a small camera. Right>>In Hussein Chalyan’s Paris Fall 2008 Fashion Show, the designer created mechanical dresses that sent out moving spots of light to symbolize the big-bang theory of the beginning of the universe. It’s a beautiful sequence that feels almost like a ballet.


OMBRÉ

OMBRÉ is still in for THE DIGITAL ERA>>> This emerging trend has transferred from runway to the streets, high fashion to fast fashion. Combined with the NEW NEON COLORS which will be discussed next, it creates the completed color palette for the DIGITAL ERA.


seen in fashion

Source: Original Street Photographs/Flickr


THE NEW NEONS The color palette for THE DIGITAL ERA combines the current neon colors with the technological elements from this trend. It is more blurring and has the vibrating feeling which creates the movement and futuristic chracteristic for the trend.


Source: WGSN


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