October 31, 2013


Style Right is a trend forecast publication.  The women's trend book publication for Spring/Summer 2015 has 8 trend themes presented with a complex structure of seasonal concepts, design features, inspiring mood and colour palette images with original Pantone cotton chips.  This publication also has all over print designs and motifs. To order your copy now, go here.

October 30, 2013


Collaborate with Gustavo Carvalho supported by glacéau vitaminwater®

Editorial via Talenthouse, to learn more  and to view Gustavo Carvalho's portfolio and runway, go here

The Opportunity

Brazilian Fashion Designer Gustavo Carvalho is offering aspiring fashion designers from around the globe the chance to collaborate with him in producing his final garment for his upcoming collection. The overall winner will receive exposure across Gustavo's own social channels as well as being credited in all editorial content surrouding the launch of his collection. A great profile boost for any aspiring fashion designer.

The Brief

Fashion designers are asked to draw on inspiration from famous Brazilian artist Lygia Clark as well as the following points when considering their design:
  • The design must to be a “one-piece” look (such as a short or long dress, a playsuit, jumpsuit, coat)
  • The inspiration must come from the Lygia Clark artwork called Bicho” (1962)
  • The piece must be designed to be constructed from leather or neoprene fabric
  • The design must also take color inspiration from the collection: grey, white, blue and black
The Selection
One designer, as chosen by Gustavo will receive:

  • An exclusive hand made version of the final design
  • The design will be part of all catalogues and fashion editorials about the collection (with credit to the winner)
  • Exposure and promotion across Gustavo Carvalho's social media channels
  • A skype tutorial to talk through the production of the garment with Gustavo
  • 30% of royalties of the final design
  • The opportunity to collaborate with Gustavo Carvalho for future projects
  • $250 courtesy of glacéau vitaminwater
One highest voted designer will receive:
  • Exposure and promotion across Gustavo Carvalho's social media channels
  • The opportunity to collaborate with Gustavo Carvalho for future projects
  • $100 courtesy of glacéau vitaminwater

Next Steps
Upload your design to your Talenthouse portfolio and submit here by December 2, 2013.

October 29, 2013


Patternbank is an exceptionally great resource with over 20 years in the print, graphics and fashion industryTheir global research brings you essential inspiration ideas for graphics, prints and patternsmaking Patternbank a valuable resource and intelligence tool for any business, designer or buyer.  To stay informed of their reports, sign up for the Patternbank Weekly Digest here.  You can also now buy their A/W 14-15 Part I and II Print Trend Report.

Below is a preview of their Catwalk Print + Pattern Trend Report for S/S 2014.  In this report Patternbank delivers the key Spring/Summer 2014 print & pattern trends seen at the recent New York, London, Paris and Milan Runway shows. Their trend team have analyzed all the relevant designers collections to capture the seasonal key print trends and colour stories from the shows. This handy report brings you the key print insights making this report an essential tool for your seasonal print & pattern developments.

  • 15 print trend stories for Spring/Summer 2014

  • 47 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence which includes 15 inspirational print trends:

    Artistic Portraits / Bold Stripes / Brush Marks / Creative Plaids / Furnishing Styles / Geological Textures / Geometric Tessellation / Jungle Tropics / Ombré & Blurred / Optical Monochrome / Ornamental Opulence / Super Scale Florals / Trailing Blossoms / Tribal Hybrid / Typographical Slogans

  • Over 360 on trend hand-picked images

  • Covers New York, London, Paris & Milan S/S 2014 shows

  • 6 colour trends for S/S 2014

  • £20 (approx. $33) via PayPal, go here to download their report now.

October 28, 2013


Design-A-Bag Competition, organised by Fashion Access trade fair, is open to designers and design students all over the world. It uniquely takes place via an online platform, allowing participants to submit their design illustrations from anywhere, at any time.
The event brings together a global design community, cultivates innovation, and keeps Fashion Access plugged in with talents from various...cultures and backgrounds.
Winners will be selected by professional judges from the fashion industry and to win a trip to the Awards Presentation Ceremony at Fashion Access March 2014 in Hong Kong. Cash Prizes from USD500 to USD1500 are to be awarded to winners in various categories.
Go here for submission procedures and last day to submit your designs is January 9, 2014. To learn more about Design-A-Bag, go here
Submit your artwork to: submit@designaccess-fa.com 
For inquiries: qna@designaccess-fa.com
Below are some of the  2013 winning designs and to view the other winners, go here:

Student Group Winner
"Neo Bauhaus" by László Beáta Orsolya, Hungary School: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest

Student Group Winner
"The Dared" by Elodie Andrée Lucile Louzaouen, France School: École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs

October 25, 2013


Intercolor is a platform for color research and development for a group of global color and trend experts.  Their latest meeting with experts from 14 countries was held in Paris celebrating Intercolor's 50th anniversary.  To learn more about Intercolor,  go here and to read the below full article go here.


Moderate and smooth soft groups got the importance. The colours starting with white, stony shades and icy blue were special tones of the season.  Beige and salmon tones were  a priority on the color palette.

The tones which are close to white, cold and cool green tones, mint tones and very light beige color tones, coral red and yellow tones were prevalent.  

Live and neon colors are open to unlimited use in the palette. However, green and pink are more dominant.  Also artificial materials, green and  natural green, red and orange effects. In fact, it’s a very dark group.  Dark, aggressive and influential.  Carbon, purple and blue tones have brought dynamism to the summer of 2015.

October 24, 2013


DESIGN OPTIONS is a Los Angeles based trend and color forecasting company, providing trends from a west coast perspective. For the Women's Market, is a preview of their Spring/Summer 2015 color palette. Go here to book your appointment to view their new palettes and go here to learn more about their services. 

October 23, 2013


Fashion Scout officially opened its applications for London & Paris  on Tuesday, October 22nd.

Designers can now apply for Fashion Scout's coveted Merit Award, newly revamped Ones to Watch initiative, catwalk shows, presentations, London Exhibition and Paris Showroom.

Designers are selected by a panel of industry experts.  The panel features leading buyers, media and business advisors.  their decision is based in the creative vision of the brand and collections, and the quality of work and business potential/success. 

The Merit Award is internationally recognized as a prestigious launch pad for the next generation of innovative design talent.  The new talent iniative is worth £25,000 over three seasons and has been created to support and develop new designer business on a global level.

The Ones to Watch is a collaborative showcase and is instrumental in raising the profile of emerging design talent globally.  The Ones To Watch provides a catwalk showcase for three of the brightest and emerging designers. 

Final submission for application is November 18th, 2013.

For further information please visit www.fashion-scout.co.uk 
To request an application form please contact show@fsi-events.com

October 22, 2013


FV contributor Laura Luchtman from Kukka  [INSPIRATIONS + PRINT ] series. Laura's background is in the field of Surface/Textile Design and Fashion Illustration and specializes in Bodyfashion.  Visit her site Kukka.com

October 21, 2013


Pattern People is a surface design studio founded by designers Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery. Their studio provides a collection of thousands of ready-made print designs available for immediate use on apparel, paper products, beauty packaging, accessories, interiors and more.  They are also available for commissioned design and can develop to your project's specifications.  

Also, you can download their latest trend report here to help you with your design process. This report features 8 key print trends, color trends with TCX Pantone reference and over 250 inspirational images. for $68.


Editorial via Pattern People:

Focused exclusively on print and color, our Spring 15 Print and Color Overview Guide features extensive research culled from art, fashion, interiors, and culture. Stories come alive with magazine-style layouts which bring clarity and vision to the otherwise dizzying visual landscape. We provide key directions that are truly relevant to the future of print and color and present them in an inspiring and easy to digest format. With Pantone reference numbers, selecting a color palette is made effortless. Whether you are an independent designer, a small studio, or part of a large company, this guide will help you get started on all of your Spring 15 creative pursuits.

October 17, 2013


Editorial via Front Row Society


Submission Deadline: 31 October, 2013, 6pm CET
Voting Starts: 01 November, 2013, 6pm CET

Get ready to explore the dark vaults of your imagination – for this month’s design challenge, we want you to delve into your own personal “Cabinet of Curiosities”. Rare insect carcasses, ancient dolls, historical relics, old medicinal potions, ominous fluids in jars; for this scarf competition, the whole of the natural world is open to you. We’re looking for a macabre mix of science and spectacle, so it’s time to get collecting. What twisted treasures will you discover?

This competition is for scarves. As always, don't forget that your print might need to be adjusted to fit the appropriate template. All templates are marked with design specifications to help you get your design just right. Please note that all FRS templates may differ slightly from final manufacturing specifications, so make sure your print is versatile and flexible enough for production.

What can you win?

Each winner receives a one-off immediate prize of 200€. plus one of their products when it arrives in stock. But that is not all - each & every time we sell 500 pieces of your design, you will receive an additional €200. This means that FRS can continue to embody the spirit of fashion democracy, rewarding our top designs again...and again...and again! We will also conduct an interview with the winner, publicizing their design across the fashion community in Berlin and worldwide.

Go here to learn more and to submit your designs.

October 16, 2013


The Material Preview is an event dedicated exclusively to leathers suited for top-end footwear, leather goods, leatherwear, home decor and accessories.  Material Preview aims to supply the leather sector with the tools to study and develop innovation and research on materials to the fullest. Go here to learn more about them.  

Below is a preview of their A/W 2014-15 Fashion and Color Trends, a comprehensive guide indicating the chromatic lines for the season, subdivided into four key themes. And an exclusive range of colors presented on paper. A creative reflection referring to materials interpreted under chromatic aspects. Created for producers and users of materials in the leather, fabric and techno-fabric fields.


A variety of combinations, amid light shades with striking optic effects and dark tones inspired by minerals.


Eclectic color range with sensorial aspects. Full-bodied with subdued overtones for an imaginative, poetic world.


Original landscape-inspired poetry. A carousel of evergreen tones with bursts of energy to update without eliminating aplomb.


Assemblage of timeless colors reinterpreted in a hi-tech theme. Amid marked iridescence and delicate profiles.

October 15, 2013


Here is the latest design competition via Beta Fashion:

Showing botanics and biology in a new light, the Futurebio Project is about pushing boundaries and innovation in colour and transparencies, inspired by the digital flora of Macato Muryama, bio animations of Dres Berry and the vivid techincal dissections of Portia Munsoneti. 

For this project we're looking for a range of repeat and placement print designs for use on our High Summer collection of dresses and separates. 6 winners will be chosen, each receiving £500 and seeing their work produced and sold in some of the world's largest fashion retailers.

Final submission date is 11/4/2013, go here to submit your designs.

October 14, 2013

TRENDS // INDIGO . A/W 2014-15

The Indigo show is a creative textile and surface design show which shows 3 times a year the top international design studios, bookshops and trend studios.  The show provides designs for prints, embroideries, knits, appliques, jacquards and transfer papers, addressing all segments of the fashion and home markets. Below are their textile color for the season.

The next show is scheduled in New York at the Premiere Vision NY, January 14-15, 2014.  To learn more and sign up, go here.


Inspired by the art form, with its use of strong contrasts between light and dark. It also alludes to the fairy tales we learned as children, dark and magical stories with extreme characterizations including the pure heroine, the valiant prices and the wicked witch influence a palette of stark black and white with shadowy grey hues. Metallic shades of copper and old gold speak to a medieval timbre and are used in combination with deep red and teal blue.


This theme alludes to the romance and history of the traveling people of Old Europe. Color inspiration comes from their brightly painted caravans and the rich hues of their embroidered textiles. Intense shades of red and orange mix with a variety of blues and greens. Charcoal grey, navy blue and pale yellow, offset the brights. This palette works well for prints and patterns on both woven sans sweater knits.


Modern technology offers us the opportunity to remain connected with others, not alienated or alone. Perhaps because of this and despite the continuing struggles with the economy, climate change and other challenges to our survival, we remain optimistic about the future. That optimism is reflected in a palette of unexpectedly light and bright shades of color offset with tinted neutrals. Garment shapes, particularly outerwear, grow in volume but in featherweight fabrics, offering a protective shell that is still light and easy to wear. 

October 11, 2013

TRENDS + COLORS // CSI - A/W 2014-15

COLOR SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL is a color resource provider.  Below are their color board inspirations, Frozen and Apple Garden.  To order their current  A/W 2014-15 color inspiration color standards and their individual ribbons, go here


Under the frozen filigree of glistening ice, colors are preserved crisp and beautiful. In the quiet winter nights the trees are dressed in icy glitter, creating a picture so enchanting and surreal as if painted by an artist. The colors of “Frozen” are soft and clean – cool green, dusty aqua, dove grey, creamy beige, delicate coral; a palette in which dark blue plays a role as a ground color, adding contrast and different value to the overall light color scheme.


As the harvest season is approaching, we gain contentment as we gather the fruits of the bright summer days, but also we feel uncertainty in what lies ahead. These mixed emotions convert into creative powers as we want to believe that we can preserve the beauty of nature for a little longer. The color palette  in “Apple Garden “ is inspired by the vibrant prints of flowers, fruits, leaves and magical fire birds found in eastern European decorative art and the old folk tales carrying romanticism and wisdom. Red is sensual, well balanced with elegant neutrals. The dark teal enhances the effect of the warm colors, adding harmony and wintery appeal. 


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