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 »
F&F Active now commands its fair share of the sports wear market and to celebrate its success they have signed Davina McCall to be the new face of the Spring Summer 2016 line. With renewed focus this seasons range has been well publicised and well received online and instore.
Collaborating with the Active Sports team we designed a fantastic new range of footwear and accessories. The Active reflective trainer was featured in the lookbook, SS16 launch video and blogged about. One of the best sellers in black, the grey version had a 3M reflective panel work as well as 3M woven trough the webbing, a functional and aesthetically pleasing jogger.
Riding the current sports trends of laser cutting, bold brights and tonals, the colour block Active trainer has a synthetic lightweight upper and super … Read More »
Continuing the success from the previous Spring Summer season we designed and developed the styles hand in hand with the footwear head office. This season has an outdoors theme, getting back to nature, making the most of the Autumnal colours. Working from the brief we created a trendy, stylish and quality range of shoes for Autumn Winter 15/16.
Well received by the bloggers and the customers it was an awesome range to have input on. Creasy, a long wingtip boot featured heavily in the range, supple grained leather with zig zag edges, burnished and brogued on the toe with a crepe outsole. Described on the website as “of the utmost quality as you would expect with anything that bears the Original Penguin name”
The crepe outsole really made this group stand out, on trend and gives a real premium look alongside the … Read More »
Spring Summer 2015 saw an awesome leather and PU range released by An Original Penguin. The theme for colour and style was Miami 1950’s. Collaborating with a fellow freelancer, we created a range that blew the previous SS seasons out of the water. New signature details designed from scratch, such as the tan leather tab with a gimped edge and the metal pin stud with the classic embossed penguin. Trendy crepe and tennis soles to name a few.
The leathers were of premium quality and came from a tannery in India. Particular favourite of mine is the style Monaco, inspired by the legendary Stan Smith, this was our take on it with my newly desgned outsole, in punchy new colours and premium materials, also featured in several style shots and blogs, including Fashion Beans and Candid.
The style Fathon … Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
At Changi Singapore Airport departure-check-in hall of Terminal 1, sits a beautiful piece of moving art. During refurbishment at the airport, ART+COM was commissioned to create a signature installation. The result of this is Kinetic Rain.
“The sculpture aims to be a source of identity for its location, and provides a moment for passengers to contemplate and reflect despite the busy travelling atmosphere.”
Composed of 2 parts, each consists of 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminium covered with copper. Dangling from thin, almost invisible steel wires above the 2 opposing escalators creates a sense of organised chaos. Watch each drop move, precisely and deliberately by a computerised motor hidden in the ceiling. The sequence of “droplets” movement covers a 15 minute choreography “here the two parts move together in unison, sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, … Read More »
For my eye and taste in footwear, some people/brands out there really hit the nail on the head. Generally you won’t find me making a post about something I don’t like, although I will not be shy to point out aspects or elements that I dislike. One of these people/brands in footwear I always look forward to seeing (their latest release or what they are working on or generally follow) are Diversitile. Based in central Florida this group has been customising all aspects of fashion clothing and footwear for some time and been doing it with great skill and forethought into the design. The level of expertise required to achieve what they do sometimes bordering factory line small volume output, (which is not an insult I assure you!) for hand decorated, de-constructed, re-crafted footwear in my opinion is … Read More »