Tag: colour


Pantone colour of 2017 – Greenery 15-0343 TPG

5th January

Pantone select a colour every year since 2000 which influences trends across many industries, from fashion to travel. This year that colour is greenery, 15-0343TPG. It reflects new beginnings, a general trend towards healthier, greener solutions to diet, social life and environmental issues. A positive and feel good colour.

Browse the site for ready made colour palettes at Pantone. Great tool for looking at whats on trend now and helping to predict the following colour trends. This light green shade is an easy move on from the autumnal transitional khakis and  greener browns that have so dominated fashion the past year or two.

 

Using the Greenery colour all over really gives a fresh feel to the colour block trend going on in footwear and accessories right now. Adding a tan highlight for spring summer and brown or black for autumn winter keep … Read More »



SS14 Footwear trend – Espadrille It

11th April

The classic A-line construction espadrille has been going strong for a good few years, a staple in any fashion conscious individuals wardrobe or just an easy going item for the beach and house lounging. SS14 is no exception with the espadrille being seen in more variations than ever before in mens, womens and childrens footwear. It is not the most exciting bit of footwear but it is never the less a big trend for the season, following through no doubt to 2015. Make the most of its cheap price point and consider pushing it up a little with some additional features.

Updating it for Spring Summer 2014 with hybrid versions of the espadrille is an interesting way to ride the trend and push it forward. If you have a successfully selling lightweight (canvas or textile based upper), simple construction style (plimsoll or … Read More »



Spring/Summer 2013 Denim Diversity

It’s back…Again! This SS13 you will notice on the catwalk as well as on the high street a real resurgence in denim. I know it has never gone away but it certainly hasn’t been at the forefront of fashion in recent years. One thing we can say for sure about denim, it will never go away entirely, it will always be used and re-used. This is true in particular in it’s application to footwear. Denim’s rugged toughness and non uniform stone washed look can be manipulated in many ways, caught stitching and grazed holes give a rough and ready finish. These properties among many others make it a natural choice for footwear designers all around the world and an obvious choice for a Spring/Summer upper or the odd random panel piece or tongue.

More often than not you will see denim used … Read More »


Japan – Konichiwa Shibuya! 2013 Research Trip

17th February

If you would like to purchase this 2013 colour and materials package, any other package or wish to discuss commissioning a specific package, please feel free to contact me.

For several years I have wanted to go to Japan, it is a fantastic hub for fashion in clothing and footwear. I wanted to experience the culture, what makes this place breed such unique designers? Home to many iconic and amazing, forward thinking brands  such as catwalk Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Misake, Junya Watanabe and on the street level, A Bathing Ape, Asics/Onitsuka and Cause… This is but a mere snip’it of the fashion capital that Tokyo has become.  I was very fortunate and able to travel there this year for a research trip. First thing I noticed was that colour is everywhere and not such a seasonal thing for the majority of … Read More »



2013 Colour trend – Colour of the year

20th January

If you followed my blogs or the Pantone Colour Team’s, you will know that Tangerine Tango was the colour of 2012. Adorned by great styles, including Gourmet’s Tredici hybrid sneaker hiker and Supra’s Skytop in there Camo pack (read the blog here). This year Pantone have predicted Emerald 17-5641 to be the must have colour in any range! Described as “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A colour of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well being, balance and harmony”. Be sure to take a look at the post at Pantone, it’s well worth a read. From textiles to footwear to ceramics, expect to see it through AW13 and SS13. A refreshing colour in the collar lining or an eye catching lace pop, it certainly is an easy shade of green to work with. Useful for kids footwear as … Read More »



Feit shoes – Outstanding in so many ways

30th December

If you don’t know anything about Feit the first thing to know is that this small company run by 2 brothers, Tull and Josh Price, produces with their Feit team, hand made shoes at there own small factory. Made with literally the best materials that have been sourced from some of the best tanneries in the world. These shoes are hand stitched and (depending on the design) signed off on the tongue label with the shoe makers name. Those little touches make all the difference. To learn more about some of their techniques take a look at this article from Hypebeast.

This is a unique brand with a unique take on footwear. There most modern designs are my favourite (look at their early work and then the latest, clear distinction in style). Using all sorts of materials … Read More »



The Cuba Project – 2013 colour & materials forecast

30th December

If you would like to purchase this 2013 colour and materials package, any other package or wish to discuss commissioning a specific package, please feel free to contact me.

In mid 2012 I travelled to the carribean island of Cuba to gain inspiration on colour and material forecasting for 2013. Why Cuba you say? Why not? Right now this island is going through a huge transition from a dedicated Communist state to a slightly more open Communist state (sort of like China…kind of…). If you go now you can see what Cuba is like before it is really opened up to the rest of the world, in it’s raw state. Which leads me onto the main reason for my visit. The US trade embargo was put on Cuba in 1960. Up until this point it had benefited from huge investment from … Read More »



Heirloom Collection from Fleming & Howland

22nd September

Hardly anyone knows about a long established, highly reputable and luxurious British company called Fleming & Howland, but everyone will know about the furniture company that incorporated them into their brand, Chesterfield. Chesterfield has the reputation of being the best classic furniture for a long time and rightly so. You may not love the Chesterfield furniture as a sofa to sit on in your front room, or even as a stool in your bedroom, but none the less, you will recognise the sheer quality and craftsmanship that this product is ingrained with. And just for the record, I would love a Chesterfield sofa/chair/stool and anything else available!

Fleming & Howland began in 1780. Using high-grade skins and golden rivets that have long been their recognizable trade mark. A shoemaker and attendee at Cordwainer’s, Solomon Howland left the footwear business behind and … Read More »



Colour trend forecast for SS12

14th February

Predicted by the Pantone Colour Team, the colour for 2012 is… Tangerine Tango! Ok, so I am not to mad on the colour as it stands on a TCX square (17-1463TCX)… but none the less, it is a bright, eye catching colour that feels warm and welcoming. Rich as a base and striking as a highlight, it will intrigue and challenge designers alike. For the slightly more feint of heart, expect to see small pops in the upper with the main burst hidden out of sight when worn and standing, ie, bright satin tangerine linings and steps in the heels of formal footwear bursting with a sheet of orange… I mean tangerine… And for those that embrace the colour of the year, we can expect bold, covered in colour units, complimenting the leather of a mens shoe welt.

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Camo @ The Fore: SS12

25th January

With the military boot having a strong presence last Winter, the military theme is doing equally as well, utilised last season and going forward to the next in various forms . This SS12 it is taking its shape as lightweight but durable materials and directly borrowing the trusty old military camouflage.

As with most things in fashion (if not all), it’s all about interpretation. Personally I prefer the more subtle take of a camo with a twist than the outright raw traditional blur of colours it used to offer. Take a look at my light hearted and not so literal version of a 21st century camouflage.

A good example of this is the Huf Choice & Hupper “Rain Camouflage” from AW11. Start stop lines criss crossing the upper pattern to create a modern fresh camouflage which represent “what is being called … Read More »




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