Style Report

What's hot right now in fashion, interiors, and textiles

We're on top of the latest trends in style so you'll always know what's in and what's out for Men's wear, Women's wear, and homes.

Fall 2014

FUTURE COMMUNITIES: Extremes in the weather due to global warming and increases in natural disasters call for innovations in design. Instead of survival, these inventions are meant to thrive in a disaster. Designers and architects are continuing a trend toward buildings and products that use nature as a resource. Resilient design is merging functionality with beauty in inventive ways. Urban Skyfarms are vertical gardens and farms that create sustainable living spaces, powered by solar energy and utilizing recycled resources. Solar roadways are being developed to harness the sun’s energy even in our most urban-blighted areas, and architects are designing tsunami-proof, flood-proof, and earthquake-proof new homes. This sustainable future is informing many other areas of design.

EXTREMES share the spotlight as simplicity coexists with disarray. Intense color lends a rich palette to sports-influenced separates; track pants pair with sheer parkas in neon green or purple performance fabrics. Geometric shapes, such as sheer Kimono-inspired tunics over fitted skirts or skinny pants, and silky, flowing fabrics juxtapose chunky resin sandals. Nearby, a Zen mood prevails in asymmetric shapes, Japanese details, and deep black hues, polished leather, and a nod to punk with metal D-rings and studs. Micro-mini hemlines share space with maxi lengths. Unrestrained color contrasts with no color. Footwear designs focus on retro, as in yellow-gold buckles and chain details, and classic updated 1960’s-inspired loafers and pumps. Color-blocking in leather and patent provides a whimsical look. Mixed pastels and primary colors, yellow and purple tones, and clashing colors support unusual hue combinations. Feminine details share space with punk-informed looks and jeweled embellishments kick in some shine.

Information and analysis for the Style Report is derived from our review of a variety of trend publications and observation of our community's zeitgeist. For more information contact the FIDM Library and get your style on!

CONTRASTS of refined tailoring and a “sports lounge” mood work together for a noir sensibility. By day the silhouettes are practical and utilitarian; by night iridescent and metallic highlights bring out a deep-sea, submerged effect. Wet-look finishes and nylon chintz adds to this aquatic motif. Ocean-inspired prints, dip-dye stripes, and large checks keep a casual edge on things, while streamlined modern suiting infused with bright color brings a gentlemanly sophistication suitable for poolside after-parties. 1950’s preppy meets spacey sci-fi in trousers, shirts, and accessories with a touch of luminescence. Spliced layering gives a new feel to classic suiting, and longer sheer shirts lend a tunic quality. Details such as zipper closures and lightweight hoods combined with hi-tech performance fabrics keep it eco-smart and sporty. Abstract camouflage tribal prints on resort-look shirts, and vintage-inspired oversized bomber jackets and summer-weight suede provides texture.

Information and analysis for the Style Report is derived from our review of a variety of trend publications and observation of our community's zeitgeist. For more information contact the FIDM Library and get your style on!

EARTH satellite views inform a fresh perspective on camouflage patterns for surface design. Biodegradable and recycled composites are becoming more prevalent, as a natural versus man-made theme seeps into the interior landscape. Natural resources are being used for furniture, textiles, home accessories, and outdoor designs. Fibers are made from prickly pear cactus and pressed straw. Rock salt is mixed with colored concrete for solid and textured stools, a series of candle holders, or a table. Man-made fossils look like patterned mosaics, and terracotta and clay bring the scent of the earth inside. Leather has a metallic sheen, and black-on-black inspired by coal, burnt wood, and lava lives alongside swampy green and deep ocean hues. A collaboration of colors and textures from different cultures focuses on the craftsmanship that each region can offer. Coarse fibers create a tactile environment in vibrant color combinations. Pastels are offering a different angle, infusing a matte palette accentuated with fringes, ribbons, and bows.

Information and analysis for the Style Report is derived from our review of a variety of trend publications and observation of our community's zeitgeist. For more information contact the FIDM Library and get your style on!