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Autumn/Winter 2006 Color and Fabric

Out of LA Textile comes four major trends for color and fabric:


Colors: Greyed out colors, browns, blues.
Textures: Silky smooth fabrics, metallic finishes, brushed cottons and wools for a frosted look, botanical and crystal motifs for fabric prints.

Winter Blooms

Colors: Apple and emerald green, combined with blues and both light and dark purple tones.
Textures: Boucles and tweeds, especially in wool/silk and wool/mohair fabrications. Paper-like cutouts are achieved through laser cutting. Appliqués are botanical inspired, with leaves and flowers.

Indian Summer

Colors: Rich, autumnal tones of reds, golds, oranges, and leafy yellows are juxtaposed against dark smoky blues.
Textures: Folkloric prints are color yarn-dyed, patterned, and ombred with stripes. Patchworks and wood block prints will be seen along with subtly pinstriped denim and oversized lumberjack checks.


Colors: Dark greens and blues combine with teal, ash grey, and a warm bronze.
Textures: Spongy surfaces reminiscent of moss, botanical-inspired fabric irregularities, and veining reminiscent of leaves, bark or wood grain show up in prints. Velvet is huge.

Add comment October 24th, 2005

SF Int’l Fashion Week Cancelled?

We’re disappointed to report that SF International Fashion Week shows have been cancelled for today and tomorrow–only a small selection of shows will be held on Sunday.

Upon arrival at Terra Gallery, the new venue after the shows were moved from Fort Mason, we discovered that all Friday and Saturday shows had been cancelled. A man was handing out flyers with the updated event schedule for Sunday, with little explanation for what happened. We did, however, hear though the grapevine that the planning for the event was last minute–the model selection for Saturday’s shows, for instance, was scheduled for today. Hearsay, but we wanted to pass along as much info as we could get.

On Sunday, six fashion shows are scheduled, with an afterparty sponsored by Haamonii Smooth, Blavod Black Vodka, Player’s Xtreme, Rock Star Energy Drink, Selona Beauty, Factio Magazine, BlackBook Magazine, and

We hope that we get to see the results of the designers’ hard work…

Event Schedule | Sunday, October 23
1pm: Doors Open
2pm: Emerging Artists
3pm: Cari Borja
4pm: Joseph Domingo
5pm: Paul Monroe
6pm: Black Coffee
7pm: Anu Mahal
8pm: Afterparty

4 comments October 22nd, 2005

Carlin International Menswear Fall/Winter 2006 Report

Carlin International’s It list for menswear included:

Jackets with shawl collars,

Cropped blazers,

Faux T-shirt over button-down shirt layering,

Fancy jogging pants (really?),

Woven shirts with front knit panels,

Silkscreening on finished goods, such as sweaters and t-shirts, and

Corduroy jackets with utility detailing.

Carlin’s menswear accessories report predicts:

Multipocket across-shoulder bags,

Cloth (especially woolen) messenger bags,

Fancy oxford shoes,

Fedoras with ribbon detailing,

Knit caps (we called this one!),

Hooded scarves, and

Poofy newsboy caps.

Add comment October 21st, 2005

Coming Attractions

We’re back from LA Textile, where we got the scoop on upcoming trends, color forecasts, silhouettes, and more! There’s exciting stuff in the works here…and *ahem* it’s not limited to content.

Upcoming on Style Intelligence Report:

  • Carlin International’s Menswear Trend Forecast for Fall/Winter 2006-2007.
  • Promostyl’s Womenswear Trend Forecast for Fall/Winter 2006-2007.
  • Cotton Inc.’s Color Trends for Fall/Winter 2006-2007.
  • LA StreetStyle: Third Street Promenade. A warning–a preliminary lookover shows that the pictures are grainy-chic, the result of poor lighting from bad weather. Great trend info though, so we wanted to share.

Also–San Francisco International Fashion Week starts on Friday. Style Intelligence Report will be there, front and center, to give you the rundown from the runway!

Add comment October 20th, 2005

Gen Art San Francisco Fresh Faces in Fashion | Waraire Boswell

Background on Waraire Boswell: This
LA-based better menswear collection is one part preppy, one part sporty
and one part dapper, making it a perfect lifestyle collection for men
of all interests.

 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Key Takeaways: The
emphasis was on irregular choices: for instance, zip-up windbreakers
with ties and jeans (casual, dressed-up and sporty all at once), or a
suit paired with a tie of an unusual color.

Color Palette: Hues ran the gamut from peach to periwinkle to purple.

Silhouettes: Suits, blazers with jeans and button-down shirts with jeans and flip-flops.

 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Accessories Report: Aviator sunglasses, flip-flops.

What’s Wearable: The meticulously tailored dress shirts; button-down shirts with contrasting cuff patterns.

At the WB show, we saw some dashing suits (and models):

 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Add comment October 19th, 2005

Gen Art San Francisco Fresh Faces in Fashion | Paala

Background on Paala: Former graphic designer Janna Stark created Paala, inspired by the idea that the same dresses can function for day as well as night.

Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Key Takeaways: While feminine, the collection was not overtly sexy. Stark focused on girly details such as poufed and ruffled sleeves, flowy skirts made of printed chiffon and tie-neck tops.

Color Palette: Yellows, browns, greens, pinks and purples, many in used ombre patterns.
Silhouettes: Ruffled dresses made of chiffon with high-neck collars or styled off-the-shoulder; tie-neck silk tops with gaucho trousers. Many of the dresses had rows of button detail on the side and back.


 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Accessories Report: Wild hair extensions.

What’s Wearable: An off-the-shoulder dress made of sheer silk with a debossed floral print in crushed velvet. Who wouldn’t feel pretty, oh so pretty?

Our favorite top from the show:

 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Add comment October 18th, 2005

Gen Art San Francisco Fresh Faces in Fashion | GENES

Background on GENES: Combine
San Francisco native Genes Sotto with former Zang Toi assistant
designer Fleur Lidwine-Louis and what you get is GENES. The clothing
line, which is based in New York, is designed with the sexy, urban
woman in mind.

Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Key Takeaways: This
collection, created by Genes Sotto and Fleur Lidwine-Louis, was a bit
retro, a bit classic, a bit urban, and rather youthful all at the same
time. Classic shapes make Genes highly wearable, while colorblock
designs evoke an element of retro youthfulness.

Color Palette: Canary yellow, teal, turquoise and gold.

Most of the collection was dedicated to lustrous silks, which weighed
flatteringly on models in the form of circle skirts, ruched dresses and
blouson tops.

 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Accessories Report: Side ponytails, dewy faces and lace-up stilettos.

What’s Wearable: Dresses covered in pailettes.

The latest way to show off a toned midsection:


 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Add comment October 17th, 2005

Fashion Notebook | Gen Art San Francisco’s Fresh Faces in Fashion

At the VIP reception before the show, San Francisco’s finest dressed were busy working the lounge area & complimentary bar (courtesy of Beck’s, X Rated Fusion Liqueur and Jean Marc XO Vodka.) Some of our favorite hipsters:

Before the Show 1
Photo Credit: Cary Wun
Private-label dress on her/Paul Smith blazer on him

Before the Show 2
Photo Credit: Cary Wun
Arden B. shrug on her/Banana Republic shirt on him

At the post-party, revelry ensued, complete with DJ Diego Rockwell spinning, more liquor flowing, nail treatments from re:fresh day spa, massages and more. We can’t wait for next year!

1 comment October 17th, 2005

Spring 2006 Trend: Hardware Detailing

Trend Importance Factor: Medium.

Wearability Factor: Medium High.

How to Wear It: Grommets, metal zippers, D rings, snaps, and buckles have found their way to traditional garments ranging from dresses, sweaters, and blouses to pants and skirts. The hardware look gives a bit of an edge to otherwise conservative (read: normal) looks, and really turns up the heat on more risqué garments.

For maximum wearability, keep the metal pieces small and on sections of the body that you want to highlight. If you have a great waistline, for example, wear metal on your belt. And if you love your shoulderline, look for hardware trimmings on or near the shoulder area. For a fresh look, try D rings and buckles in unexpected places.

Where in Trend Lifecycle: This trend has been bubbling up for at least a year. We even made note of hardware detailing at Armani Exchange back in April. And hardware studded bags were a ubiquitous accessory this past season. Look for this trend to continue as a counter to the pretty, overly feminine look dominating the runways.

Add comment October 17th, 2005

Boston StreetStyle | Harvard Square Bag Report

Printed Bags

Trend Alert: Printed Bags

Oversized Bags

Trend Alert: Oversized Bags

Mini Messenger Bags

Trend Alert: Mini Messenger Bags

Messenger and Oversized Bags

Trend Alert: Man Messenger Bags and Oversized Bags for Women

Hardware Detailing on Bags

Trend Alert: Hardware Detailing on Bags

Add comment October 14th, 2005

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