Millennial Pink Overload…What will be next?

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What you will learn: How Lavender is taking over Millennial Pink in 2018

How long it will take you to read this post: 2 minutes & 46 Seconds

Why you should read it: You will be fully informed in how Lavender is popping up in fashion, food, & beauty. 

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Millennial pink this, millennial pink that…blah blah blah, we get it. Everyone loves the color – and what is not to love? It looks good on everyone, it’s easy on the eyes, and it can transfer between fashion, textiles, and hard goods seamlessly. But by this point, we’ve been experiencing a bit of Millennial Pink overload and we’re search for something new to cleanse our palettes…

Well, DRUM ROLL PLEASE! The new new, whimsical, serene, and youthful color happens to be… Lavender! …or as some are calling it, “melodramatic purple” or “Frosted Lilac.” We are already seeing this color pop up in fashion, food, and beauty. So without further adieu, lets get started!

FASHION

We already see Lavender creeping in throughout the market place. Our girl J.Lo kicked off the lavender love with her Ralph & Russo gown in February at the Grammys. Just this past week, we saw Versace, Prada, Stella McCartney, Cavalli, Chanel, & Ferretti all showing off their lavender obsession for Resort 2018:

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On a more affordable level, New Balance’s lavender sneakers , Urban Outfitters oversized thermal sweater, and Anthropologie’s adorable elephant backpack for Fall 2017 are making their way to mass consumers.

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It’s also starting to pop up in the celebrity world, ie. Lorde’s dress at the VMA’s:

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FOOD

Just this weekend we explored the Lower East Side of Manhattan and ate a beautiful brunch at Pietro Nolita. We treated ourselves to a cocktail and chose the one with the “house infused lavender vodka,” and boy was it good! Even though it is a pink restaurant, you can see the lavender influence peaking through.

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 3.27.27 PM.pngAlso, why are we not talking about lavender infused ice cream more? This flavor is big in Europe and has started becoming more popular in the US in recent years. If you are in the city, il laborotorio del gelato has some of the best lavender honey ice cream we have ever had!

Vanilla Lavender Limeade. Sounds good right? This recipe has over 500 pins on Pinterest and looks delicious!

BEAUTY

We have seen the metallic grey hair sweep across beauty gurus blogs, but now people are talking “frosted lavender” for their locks. When combining multiple tones of lavender, the diffusion of color adds dimension and luminous streaks to the hair. 

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Homemade lavender honey lip balm has over 2,300 re-pins and looks amazing! Incorporating lavender has never been easier with help of lavender essential oils.

As far as the colors energy goes, Colorstrology by Pantone’s “color of the day” says, “wearing, meditating, or surrounding yourself with Pastel Lavender helps you embrace love. It centers you and allows you to move through your feelings with trust and ease.” Maybe this is what our world is needing a little bit more of right now?

Lavender seems like the natural progression from Millennial Pink and we are excited to see it more readily in the marketplace. We at DW want to keep you on top of #trends and bring awareness to curated, creative, and cool people (just like you, dear reader!) Thanks for checking this out. For more Lavender inspiration, visit our Instagram: @designworksinternational 

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

TBT – The Marie Antoinette Room in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thank goodness they liked our work, or they may have taken off our heads!!

In 2007 the Museum came to us to help them with refurbishing Marie Antoinette’s furniture. Detailed patterns were done here and full size printouts were made for every piece to be embroidered from.

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for more information, visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com.

Throwback Thursday – Jeremy Scott

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for more information about how we can help your vision come to life, visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com for more information.

First2Print and the Social Imprint Project.

We are proud to share an update from our sister company, First2print, about and exciting project that they participated in with Christian Siriano. Originally posted here.

The Social Imprint project used viewer tweets to inform an algorithm, which produced a graphic print design, which was digitally printed on silk charmeuse at our NY Studio, and finally was shipped to Christian Siriano who created two garments from it. This project meshed together technology, real-time social response to pop culture and fashion, and was worth the late nights preparing for a seamless production that ran parallel to Fashion Rocks at the Barclay Center. The final garments were walked down a runway at the Gilded Lilly in NYC, which representatives from First2Print were invited to attend.

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In the Market, On the Runway

It’s always exciting to see things that we’ve worked on out in the world. Here is a wonderful example in the fashion world. Our sister company, First2Print, printed these fabrics for Yigal Azrouël’s Ready to Wear Fall 2015 and you can currently see them on style.com.

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Mr. Azrouël, who is Israeli born and is known for his feminine designs and expert draping techniques, produces 90% of his products right here in NYC’s Fashion District.

Fusion Fashion 2015 – Patterns & Substrates

I was honored to be asked by one of my fashion students from Parsons to attend the yearly Fusion Fashion Show. Each year this show is organized to spotlight top up and coming fashion designers from the two most prestigious fashion schools in the country. You can go to their site and view all of the work and find out more of the show. All work shown here is property of the designer.

I found it incredibly inspiring to see all the hard work and creativity that went into the looks each of the designer’s looks. It’s interesting to see things that we talk about at Design Works in the creative minds of those who will represent design in the future…

We love print and pattern here and it is alive and well with some wonderful examples by these new designers.

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It takes a great deal of skill & creativity to use such diverse materials and substrates. The mixing of the different fabrics and textures adds great feel to each of the pieces.

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And a special shout-out to Rhea Goyal from Parsons. She invited me to the show and I’m proud to say that she is one of my students. I see great things from her in class and was wowed by what she showed me here.

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I’d say the future of fashion and design is in pretty good hands.

Fusion of Fashion & Home – Pale Pink

The softer side of color is refreshing and uplifting with Pale Pink trending in both fashion and home this season…

Pink is known for it’s soft qualities. The addition of white to calms down the passionate red and replaces it with a gentle, comforting feeling. Studies have confirmed that exposure to pink can have a calming effect; violent prisoners have been calmed by placing them in a pink room for specified amount of time.

If you have a friend that wears pink all the time it may indicate a need for acceptance, support and unconditional love. It puts us in touch with our nurturing side.

Pink is the color of uncomplicated emotions. It represents the child in all of us; the innocence and sweetness, the inexperience an naiveté.

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Happy Popcorn Day!

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Did you know that Popcorn was first domesticated in Mexico 9,000 years ago from a wild grass and is one of the oldest forms of corn?

Holcomb & Hoke popcorn machine exteriorEver wonder why we eat popcorn at the movies? Well, during the Great Depression, a trip to the theatre was one of the few entertainment options people could afford. Theaters did not sell snacks at the time and as a bag of popcorn kernels would sell for about $10, lasting years, they could sell to the people at 10 cents a bag and make ahefty profit. The lure of the aroma made it easy to sell. The machines to make popcorn are quite portable so industrious vendors would set up right outside and sell to the patrons going into the theater.

Soon theater owners saw the opportunity and began leasing space inside to the vendors and the movie theater snack bar was born. Eventually the middle men were cut out and selling snacks in the theater actually saved many movie houses.

Popcorn is ubiquitous now. Having been a part of every decade of our culture. How great is the MTV Movie Awards trophy that is a bucket of popcorn. We LOVE Jeremy Scott’s “Fast Food Fashion” for Moschino and the “Food Fight” Collection for Cybex.

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