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  • Future
  • 29th Apr 2011
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Return to craft

The upcoming SS12 shows will be influenced by a return to nature. Perhaps by way of reaction to our increasingly connected lives, designers will focus on the origins of construction methods and fabrics. Bright, colourful garments will be juxtaposed with natural leathers, skins and organic lace. Essential reading: In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World

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  • Trend
  • 28th Apr 2011
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Pick up the lace

An ancient art is revived, and revitalized. The SS11 shows sparked a major resurgence for lace and according to The Wall Street Journal, after a number of tough years for the artisans of the industry, their fortunes have changed and they can’t keep up with demand. There is nothing old fashioned about lace this season […]

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  • Future
  • 22nd Apr 2011
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Stretching the truth next season

As we mentioned last week, one of the key trends that we have identified for upcoming SS12 shows is rejuvenation and rebirth, maybe even taking things one step too far in the striving for perfection. If you are after some inspiration, relish in the theatrical excess of Harold Koda’s Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed.

  • Trend
  • 20th Apr 2011
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Rich people don’t like cherries

Cherry prints should remain the domain of toddlers, teens and everything in between. Well, that’s our theory anyway, but like all manner of fruit this season, cherries have been an apparent hit. Designers from high end to high street have plastered the fruit over summer dresses and accessories. But we wanted to find out whether […]

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  • Future
  • 15th Apr 2011
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Bend me break me, anyway you need me

Push beauty to the extreme, pull, stretch, inflate, distort. As a peek into our future trends for SS12, it’s all about perfection and immortality by whatever means necessary. Channel the extreme antics of Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep from the 1992 dark comedy, Death Becomes Her. Shapes range from sharp and tight to augmented and […]

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  • 14th Apr 2011
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Going to great lengths

Temperatures are rising and hems are falling, but all with the press surrounding maxi skirts, telling consumers to ‘go long’ and ‘drop your hem and raise your style quotient’, what is the business behind the trend? We tracked and charted the mentions of Maxi Skirts on blogs and Twitter since the SS11 shows last September […]

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