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Fashion Snoops outlines trend outlook for 2014-2015

Michael FisherMichael Fisher
AMONG THE ART Conference presenters was Michael Fisher, the trend director for menswear and lifestyle at Trend Forecasting specialist Fashion Snoops.
     He shared the firm's Foresight/Insight trend report, including outlooks for 2015 and 2014, as well as a roundup of the trends from the early 2013 show cycle.
     Fisher started with his 2015 Trends for interiors, including three of what he referred to as "mega trends:"
▀ Rich or Poor. This trend, Fisher said, was inspired by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey last fall. "The point of this trend - if you lose technology or electricity, what are you left with? It's about reconstruction and rebirth of everyday objects ... fused together to create new functions," he said, and it's also about community and upcycling, such as taking old cassette tapes, light bulbs or computer circuit boards and reinterpreting them. Reclaimed wood and patchworked wood are very important in this trend, as are cardboard and other "very analog materials" that are popular with Gen Y.
▀ Circus. This trend references old world circuses from early 20th century, Fisher said, with a slight burlesque undertone. The idea is making a home a funhouse, with clowns and vixens, crazy colors, optical illusions, tromp l'oeil techniques, big top stripes, patchworking, geometrics and exaggerated patterns. Poster art is up-trending, he said, especially replicas of vintage travel posters. This trend is another, more whimsical antithesis to all the technology in people's lives, but there is a slightly dark, subversive edge.
▀ Dance Macabre. This trend is inspired by film noir, with neo-Goth and dark Victorian influences, Fisher said. Brightness is juxtaposed with darkness, and things aren't necessarily what they appear to be. This trend is marked by smoke effects, heavily distressed surfaces, skulls, skeletons, distressed fabrics, dripping wax and fur-covered accents. The overall look is very textural, inviting you to touch, with haunted house or Phantom of the Opera references adding a dark and dusty edge.
     Next, Fisher delved into Fashion Snoops' 2014 Outlook, outlining four key trend directions:
▀ Minimalist. "Less is More. Space of Peace," Fisher said. This trend revolves around geometry, simple lines, transparent materials and a lot of gradient, with a play on shape and construction and Cubist influence. The colors are whites, metallics, orange, yellow and cerulean blue.

ART’s Sharon Davis looks on as Roy Spence signs a copy of his book.ART’s Sharon Davis looks on as Roy Spence signs a copy of his book.Conference chairman Cody Hutcheson of Codarus kicks off the 2013 ART Conference in Miami Beach.Conference chairman Cody Hutcheson of Codarus kicks off the 2013 ART Conference in Miami Beach.

▀ Spice Trail. This trend started as Moroccan, but has since moved toward an Asian influence. This trend involves hand-woven upholstery on chairs, strong, graphic motifs, Moroccan tile, velvet, clay pottery, brocades, silks, beading and carved wood. There are two sub-trends: Indian Princess, which is all about gold, silver, sparkle and ornate detailing; while Marrakesh is a little more refined, with blues, blacks and neutrals popped with vibrant hits of pink, orange and turquoise.
▀ Japonaiserie. In this trend, Dutch and Scandinavian style blends with Far East influence, Fisher said, with Chinoiserie patterns used on minimalist furniture. The look is heavy on graphics, florals, functional design, very soft lighting, paper, pastels, bold colors, cherry blossom patterns, toile and graphic surface relief. The materials are light woods, silk, brocades, lacquer and textured metals. Colors are "barely-there" pastels and skin tones, contrasted against bold pops.
▀ Countryside. This trend also has two components: One is rooted in Americana, one in the French countryside. Americana is defined by thick cable knits - "almost Grandma quality" - as well as red, white and blue color combinations and refound and repurposed furniture pieces, generally in bare or white-painted finishes. On the French side is a more refined, but nostalgic look, including stripes, antique mirrors, very bare furniture, canvas, quilting, wood, lace, provincial stripes and toile.
     For fall and winter 2014, the key colors will be cobalt blue, turquoise and grass green on the cool side, with crimson and flame-orange red on the warm side. Very soft pastels will become more important, particularly mint green. Key neutrals will be ink blue and steel-colored gray. In terms of materials, look for sweater-influenced knits, faux fur, quilting, raw iron and silk.

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