Tuesday, March 12, 2013

View Issue 101: 25 Years of Textile View Magazine

Textile View Casualwear summer 2014

               As time progresses and the world changes, fashion follows.  Just how carrying out of world events leads to changes in attitude and spirit, it also leads to changing what we wear.  For summer 2014, there are four major trends in casualwear that we see approaching both mens and womenswear.  All four trends are inspired by exploration and observation through travelling.  

Fabrics for "Futurists"
           The first trend forecasted by Textile View #101 for summer 2014 is called “Futurists”.  This trend is inspired by the advanced technology that is growing at an exponential rate all around the world.  Under this trend we observe science, specifically the study of cell life and photographic prints turned into holograms.  The colors observed in this trend are dissected and altered with light to create space- inspired images and new digital geometric patterns.  Clothing becomes technical by inserting LCD screens, radio frequency IDs, and cameras into the metallic and film coated garments.  This is all made possible by the imprinting of photovoltaic cells that creates energy to power the textile’s technology. 

Mood inspirations for "Nomadic"
            A second trend forecasted for summer 2014 is called “Nomadic”.  This trend originates from travelling to the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East and noticing all of the different colors that can be noticed throughout a day.  Colors are taken from the numerous cliffs, canyons, mountains, ravines, ancient cities, and piles of sand that are built into the landscape.  Silhouettes are inspired by the tribes that inhabit these deserts, the Bedouin and the Tuareg.  Wraps and draped fabrics used by these tribes for comfort and protection from the wide range of temperatures and climates are modernized by creating flowing, consistent layers with little pattern and no embellishments.  But the garments are colorful from head to toe, utilizing block colors, tonal combinations, or ombre print effects.

Hindu God, Shiva, inspiration for "Spirited"

            “Spirited” is the third trend taken from Asian explorations, taking the observed spiritual enlightenment and the celebration of life of Buddhist and Hindu cultures and translating it into modern day looks.  Bright colors of this trend are taken from the religious sights of Buddhists and Hindus marked by vibrant statues and flowers thrown upon alters as offerings to the gods.  This trend translated into modern fashion gives a strong streetwear vibe.  “Mix colors, embroideries, patterns and prints in unexpected combination that are as unique and surprising as the rituals and temple decoration that inspire them.”

Color and Mood Inspiration for "Vacating"

            The final trend forecasted by Textile View #101 for summer 2014 is titled “Vacating”.  This trend is inspired by cross- country travel from America’s east coast to west coast, passing through sun bleached landscapes of natural pastel and neutral colors.  As the summer gets hotter, colors lose their brilliance and hue.  These pastels can be worn all together in one outfit, or paired with neutrals in a reinvented color blocking manner.  Patterns used are postcard prints, checks, and vintage florals, taking inspiration from the dated hippie, retro culture of the 60’s and 70’s.  We modernize this look through utilizing today’s silhouettes and the modern youth’s new go- getter attitude. 

TextileView Magazine #101 delivers a cohesive Womens as well as menswear trend forecast for Summer 2014.

By Textile View #101

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