Fashion Trends

LEIGH’S MESSAGE FOR THE WEEK

What I do is fashion forecasting for the young market. No, I am not a fashion blogger or fashion reporter. I am a predictor of fashion trends.

In the late 60’s I developed my own unique system for creating accurate and money-making trends. So I’d like to share my current inspiration.  I hope you enjoy them.  One of my greatest sources of inspiration is Art Deco and Art Nouveau. I first became aware of Art Deco and Art Nouveau was when I was living in Chelsea, London during the 1960’s.

And I will continue to chat about that frequently.

TREND ALERT!
ART DECO FOR 2017-18

The influence of Art Deco is the most familiar aspect of the 1920’s and the “Jazz Age” which influences every aspect of fashion.  Art Deco is the term used for a particular design aesthetic of the era between 1909 and 1939.

1930’s Evening Scenes and Fashion – FABULOUS!!

I won’t kid you… Art Deco is my favorite design movement of all time. It is elegant but decadent.  Lines are simple, shapes clean with a modern and streamlined look created from its geometric and stylized design. It stands the test of time and for 2017/2018 is returning to the fashion scene.  There is so much we can utilize in fashion today:  For example…

The pulled-down cloche is so flattering to the face

The lightweight fabrics like silk, satin, silk jersey that drapes gently over the body.  Note the elegant details like seed pearl embroideries.

And the accessories accompany any of the fashions today. I love those elegant beaded bags and the huge silk Japanese shawls.

And the hair décor is memorable, of course. Note: The Great Gatsby.

1920’s fashion complimented the female figure… however, it tended toward androgyny (like today) because of the de-emphasis of the female breast. And today, of course, the “boyish” look is a Major Ongoing Trend.

ART DECO WAS NAUGHTY AND SEDUCTIVE

LONDON’S ART DECO BIBA STORE OF THE 60’S

When I lived in London one of the most popular boutiques there was Biba. Oh my god it was popular and insanely art deco… in all categories… from accessories, dresses, make-up packaging. The entire store was art deco, and ever so seductive and naughty. But man… was it popular!

There was no one who did Art Deco better than Barbara Hulanicki, founder of the most popular store in London…  Biba’s.

Barbara Hulanicki suit from Biba
Victoria & Albert Museum, 1970-1971

“The Biba Look” was designed for young girls with long legs, fresh faces and round dolly eyes who would stand on line to spend their week’s wages. They were mostly late teens and twenty-somethings. The employees were the same demographic; including a young Anna Wintour, later editor of Vogue.

COLORING BOOK “Fashion Trends: the London Look of the 60’s” Drawing by Brittany Morganti

“The Biba Look” was designed for young girls with long legs, fresh faces and round dolly eyes who would stand on line to spend their week’s wages. They were mostly late teens and twenty-somethings. The employees were the same demographic; including a young Anna Wintour, later editor of Vogue.

LONDON’S ART DECO BIBA STORE OF THE 60’S

When I lived in London one of the most popular boutiques there was Biba. Oh my god it was popular and insanely art deco… in all categories… from accessories, dresses, make-up packaging. The entire store was art deco, and ever so seductive and naughty. But man… was it popular!

Saucy ladies of the 20’s, predecessor to the 60’s!

There was no one who did Art Deco better than Barbara Hulanicki, founder of the most popular store in London…  Biba’s… during the 60’s.

 

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