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.

Spring 2014

Awareness is increasing in regards to consumers downsizing goods and services, moving to smaller homes, and finding happiness not in indiscriminate buying, but in experiencing life in other fulfilling ways. A giving attitude, or free-cycling their unwanted purchases, brings joy to the giver and to someone else in the world. Add to this a more eco-conscious mind-set, and a DIY ability to exploit latent talents, i.e., fixing their own car or cooking their own food. Buying for the sake of buying is transforming into thoughtful purchases that last. A rise in commuter ridership on public transportation and bicycle program rentals in major cities are shifting awareness of our carbon footprint and offering alternatives.

Norm-core is an anti-fashion and anti-trend attitude, in which women and men attempt not to look “fashionable”. They wear casual jeans and t-shirts paired with Birkenstocks, which en masse has made them trendy in spite of these sentiments. Retro inspiration is still strong, but with modern additions as in geometric shapes in bright colors with jewel tones and earthy, dark colors mixed in. There is a “luxe” sensibility in fabrications resembling alligator skin (but soft), printed panne velvet for suits (men and women), and sumptuous details like oversized collars and large proportions. On the opposite end of the spectrum, neo-bondage details have bounded into the mainstream with fetish details like straitjackets or corseted enclosures found in vinyl, latex and leather.

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!

High, protective collars and hooded oversized jackets worn over skinny or cropped pants form a blocky construction aesthetic in shapes resembling concrete blocks. Quilted and embossed effects, layered and shiny, like metallic denim and knits with an oily effect make us think of gasoline. In another realm, fairytale effects bring a new whimsy to basics like down jackets, sweaters and T-shirts, with 3-D effects, candy cane colors and unusual proportions. More quilting, wrappings and layers form an inside-as-outside aesthetic in soft khaki and beige tones. Riffing on the neo-gothic sphere, serpents, dragons and fantasy images form a different mood of bird-like dreams.

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!

As people become more in tune with their creative side, some interiors have carved out atelier space to be able to work on their crafts. Obsolete appliances such as dial telephones have resurrected with updated colors and repurposed graphics. Accessories trick the eye with faux-book cover device cases or flash drives disguised as shamanistic talismans. Earth tones such as mineral gold and terra cotta are in the mix. Matted patinas embossed with metallic brush strokes add glamour when combined with industrial hardware. Reflective surfaces, foiled and jeweled colors create exotic appeal adding life to window panes and embellishing everyday objects.

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!

Finish Fetish

So what is latex? Fairchild's Dictionary of Fashion describes it: "Milky dispersion of natural or synthetic rubber in water. Natural latex is obtained from rubber trees as latex." Living dolls, renegade fetish models and rock and roll bad girls (and boys) all enjoy the fantasy of latex. It is a slick and sexy material that can be manipulated almost as a second skin. Worn in colors of black, fire-engine red, nude and pastels, zippered, buckled, gartered, gathered, or multi-strapped it is a material to be explored with ravishing pleasure.

The Textiles & Materials Quarterly is created by Cynthia Aaron/Textiles & Materials Specialist – Los Angeles. For more information, visit the FIDM Library or email Cynthia at caaron@fidm.edu. Or, follow us on Twitter: #fabric or #materials #latex

All images: Latex Fashion Photography by Goliath Books, Copyright ©2011. www.goliathbooks.com