This name has been popping up repeatedly in the past few months. So I finally sat down and had an in-depth read into this fascinating woman. She attended the radical Bauhaus design school founded by the Architect Walter Gropius. She was drawn to weaving and designed modern radical creations incorporating new materials and shapes. Fell in love with another famous artist Josef Albers and they married a few years later before fleeing to America in 1933. Her work encompassed her own design aesthetic of bold shapes, contrasting materials and incorporating new purposes within ‘everyday’ creations i.e. sound absorbing cellophane tapestries. Her balance of colours and forms have continually inspired artists and designers. In particular Paul Smith who created a 2015 catwalk collection in the Albersees honour. More recently he’s created a new collection focusing solely on Anni Albers inspiring textiles. There’s an exhibition at the Tate Modern, London. This article by ‘the Guardian’ was particularly interesting.
Nice to see florals are still going strong from the Resort 19 runway shows. Gucci always seems to deliver delectable floral inspiration from their designs. There was also a lovely array of romantic prints from Altuzarra, Antonia Marras, Bluemarine, Etro, Givenchy , Kage, Louis Vuitton, MSGM, Rochas and Ulla Johnson. Time to update the florals.
Sometimes you stumble across a label you just completely fall in love with. I've followed SuTurno for the past few years and every collection they create has something inspiring and beautiful within it. Founded in Madrid by designers Julia Vergara and Javier Gutierrez. Their designs combine natural materials with striking prints, often containing elements of playful hand crafted illustration and stamping. Have a peek and be inspired by their gorgeous colour palettes and shapes: http://www.suturno.net/
So much Animal print!!! It's continued on from S/S 18 and hit F/W 18 with a colourful pop. As seen at Max Mara, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Tom Ford, R13, Ashley Williams, Adam Selman, Preen, Saint Laurent, Zadie & Voltaire and many more.
There was still a place for the more classic colours in golden browns but it was the colour infused interpretations that offered a fresh contemporary twist that caught my eye. Creating and updating animal prints as I type!
Check out the ones I already have here or contact me to view exclusive prints.
It can be overwhelming to decipher trends in the ocean of images out there. Everyone has their own personal favourite websites for trend research and inspiration. For various reasons these are mine.
View the latest collections in easily categorised tags. Whether you want to concentrate on colour, florals, stripes, seasons or specific labels, this website allows you to pinpoint what you want. You can even create your own mood boards as you go. https://www.tag-walk.com
2. The Business of Fashion
This almost feels like the BBC news of the fashion world. While they do cover fashion shows and trends, it's their articles into the darker side of the fashion industry I find particularly interesting. A great way to stay up to date on important issues within the industry. https://www.businessoffashion.com
3. Fashion Gone Rogue
So many websites concentrate on forecasting what the next trend will be, this website focuses more on what is happening right now. Picking up on popular items from the latest magazine campaigns and celebrity collaborations. It's an overview of the trends that have successfully moved from the runway into the more commercial popular sphere. https://www.fashiongonerogue.com
4. Lui made it
A beautiful tumblr account of images collated into 'colour stories'. Perfect for matching to your own mood boards and trend reports. Set up in a one page format of colour palettes you can scroll through. It's a dreamy excursion to the perfect colour you seek. http://luimadeit.tumblr.com
5. Pattern People
This one stop shop covers fashion and interior design trends specifically for surface print designs. While they offer paid trend reports, their online journal often pinpoints a special aspect within a trend you might have missed. https://patternpeople.com/journal/
Watching documentaries on inspiring designers and muses is a great way to stay motivated and creative. I recently re-watched a wonderful documentary ‘Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel.’ A very interesting and inspiring look into a woman who gave so much to the fashion world.
Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) was a famous character and editor in the field of fashion. She worked for magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Later becoming a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her quotes on life are delightful ’“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”