Boundary Blurring: Bring local to global

Between East and West, North and South, there is no definite boundary anymore. Are you sure that black contrasts with white? Are you sure the opposite of male is female? Come from a boundary blurring world, designers feel more legitimate to put local ideas on global stage. Here are some evidences from London Fashion week. Nova Chiu…

F/W 2012 Womenswear RTW Trend Report – Details & Colors

In the previous post we shared seven key thematic trends for next winter. Other than that, there are some items that look hot for next winter, for example high slit skirt and jewel-decorated clothing. The latter, strongly advocated by Miuccia and Marc in this season, looks incredibly promising. Mashing up texture and pattern have been…

F/W 2012 Womenswear RTW Trend Report – Key Trends

In the S/S runway white is overwhelming; but now the darkness comes. Fashion is entering a dark age. You will never feel weak when you are in black. An accent of shiny gold or bloody red simply makes you stronger. Yes, she’s a leader, she’s killer. The gothic look this season is nothing similar to that in past…

Central Saint Martins Graduate Show

“Top for bottom, bottom for top, new for old and old for new ”. “Raw, rough, used paper pieces of cloths, scrap objects”. “Deconstruct – reconstruct “. This is another year they emphasize on renovating things and making the paradox on the fashion runway. Even though it is not new to find inspiration and new meanings by…

Modern Superhero: 3.1 Philip Lim FW2012

In my previous trend presentation, I foresee that superhero will become the trend. We are not talking about wearing Superman S logo tee-shirt or underwear on top of pants. This is more about empowerment. Garments that make you feel you can save the day. Philip Lim presented his collection in New York two days ago with…

The World Is Bound

The invention of knitting machine many decades ago is revolutionary; it exercises crafts skills that used to be artisan-exclusive. However, creativity of knit is not aroused as it used to be. But the power of artisan is coming back. At a time that the world needs to be connected by hands, artists and designers reinvent knit…

INSPIRE: Massive Knit

Left: Stine Ladefoged FW2012 (Copenhagen Fashion Week)    Right: Phat Knit by Bauke knottnerus

Deformed Surrealism : Walter Van Beirendonck Menswear F/W2012

Deformed surrealism Immaterial world like spirituality and subconsciousness  has become a designer topic in these few years.  By looking at the immaterial world, we seems have a better understanding of our reality. Walter Van Beirendonck developed his fall/winter 2012 menswear collection by pulling totemic voodoo sensitivity and translating it to mask, chains, key lock necklace…

FW2012 Menswear Runway Trend – Part II

Cape design has been in the womenswear for a while, this season we see them being popularized in menswear. There is great variety to choose from, from Umit Benan’s military inspired cape to Mugler’s superman’s cape. Not necessarily in cape shape, Valentino explored the versatility of overcoat by simply adding a strap across the collar,…