Trending: Big Cats

I’m really into big cats and big cat patterns like dots and spots and stripes. I’m seeing them in art, on runways, everywhere! And I love it. Here are a few favorites from my Big Cats Pinterest board. Click through the images to see more from these artists.

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Star Struck

With the Perseid meteor shower in full effect, everyone is seeing stars. Whether fashion takes it's cue from the skies or Hedy Lamar's 1941 Zeigfield Girl, stars appear on the runways and streets galore. The galaxy is not so far away. See July 18th post below for more stars.

  From top left: Jenny Packham, Saint Laurent, Richard Nylon, Street style bomber, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Sydney Fashion Week, Street style, Realisation dress, Gucci, Hedy Lamar in Zeigfield Girl, McQueen

From top left: Jenny Packham, Saint Laurent, Richard Nylon, Street style bomber, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Sydney Fashion Week, Street style, Realisation dress, Gucci, Hedy Lamar in Zeigfield Girl, McQueen

Weirdly Wonderful

This is just too cool not to share. Zeitguised, a design company based in Berlin, Germany offers so many captivating things that are different from anything I've ever seen. Check out their website here. It's worth a look around.

Some info on the video below as described on their website:

“Void Season” is a simulated fashion project.

Part dreamlike theatre, part lateral cargo cult hustle, a quick succession of bold garment designs acts as an ersatz runway show. In a minimal set of solid backdrops, radiant colors and oblique choreography second the exquisite design of costumes that have been entirely artificially generated.

A wealth of custom procedural surface detail emphasizes the uncanny rift between the realistic presence of the guises and the abstract vacancy of the digitized human movements.

I find these clips weirdly genius. 

Stella Jean Fall 2016

It's no secret that I have a real love for folk-inspired design. I have always been a big fan of Stella Jean and her past collections of vibrant African wax fabrics and mixed prints. The new Fall/Winter season is just as inspired. I love that you can't tell exactly where the inspiration comes from. Is it Scandinavian? African? Slavic? Aztec? It's all in there—geometric shapes, wraps, bright yet earthy colors, tassels and emblems. It's global. Even the choice of models makes for an exciting united design nation.

 Credit: Regis Colin Berthelier/Now Fashion

Credit: Regis Colin Berthelier/Now Fashion

Stripe Stripe Baby

I love patterns of all kinds, and the stripes that are popping up everywhere are making me very happy.  From Ralph Lauren to Dior and Dolce and Gabbana—everyone is showcasing that classic of all classics, in fresh and vibrant colors. My favorite!

Clockwise from top left: Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Ralph Lauren

Images from Vogue.com, photo credit: IndigitalImages

Valentino Spring 2015 Couture

Ok I'm a little late. The season may have passed but the beauty of this collection will never die. My eyes just eat this right up! There is something so satisfying to me about the rich colors and folk patterns—they just speak to my inner European. The patterns are of another time and place yet so familiar; and now incorporated into our modern lives. I love how appreciated these textiles are. I believe folk style is so loved because people want to cherish past traditions and celebrate where they came from. 

Photo credit: Gianni Pucci  / Indigitalimages.com

Designer Spotlight: Missoni 2016

I was really taken with the new line from Missoni for 2016. They have always been at the forefront of bold and colorful knitwear and this collection just took my breath away. I then come to read on Style.com, that this collection was inspired by the great Sonia Delauney. No wonder I love it! There is currently an exhibit at the Tate Modern in London celebrating Delauney's vibrant artwork. You can really see the influence of her work in these Missoni pieces. I find it very exciting to see how great artists and designers can influence each other.

Who influences and inspires you?

Sonia Delauney - The EY Tate Exhibition, London

Sonia Delauney - The EY Tate Exhibition, London

Source: Missoni images are from Style.com

Hair Tapestry

Huh? What?! Yes, you read right. As you may have noticed in the past few years, weaving and macrame have both made a resurgence in the crafting and art worlds. Whether you are hanging a colorful beauty on your wall, or a potted plant from the ceiling I love the texture and color these pieces add to a room. But would you try this latest trend for your head?

Thanks to Tiffany Decaux and Lou Teasdale, the stylists who created these looks.

 Tiffany Decaux hair weaving

Tiffany Decaux hair weaving

 Lou Teasdale hair weaving 

Lou Teasdale hair weaving 

 Tiffany Decaux

Tiffany Decaux

 Lou Teasdale hair weaving on Instagram

Lou Teasdale hair weaving on Instagram

If you choose to stick with wall hangings, here are a  few cool Etsy sellers who bring a modern twist to the craft. And take a look at my Stitch Knit Weave Pinterest board for more inspiring finds! 

 Slow Down Productions

Slow Down Productions

 Rowan Studios

Rowan Studios

 Rowan Studios

Rowan Studios

 Jujujust

Jujujust

 Fox and Quail

Fox and Quail


Pale Shelter

It isn't hard to see that I love bright colors. They enliven my soul. But sometimes, I just need to soothe my soul too, and that's where these pastel beauties come in. My Pale Shelter board on Pinterest is a place where I can collect dreamy cotton candy colored hues to my heart's content. I might just go revisit my board and listen to a pretty rad song by the same name. 

  Clockwise from upper left: Sally King Benedict, Crystal, LittleElmsTumblr, Tec Petaja, Dianna Molzan, Ana Montiel, Kate by Anna Palma, Sol LeWitt, Hibeck jacket

Clockwise from upper left: Sally King Benedict, Crystal, LittleElmsTumblr, Tec Petaja, Dianna Molzan, Ana Montiel, Kate by Anna Palma, Sol LeWitt, Hibeck jacket



Inspired by: Miguel Mesa

This Colombian designer's work totally caught my eye. Not only is it rich in method, texture and color, but has a powerful background story as well. The collection is called "Potosi" named after the richest silver mine on earth (located in Bolivia). The colorful torn strips of paper running through each piece are meant to recall the destructive paths that are made to the land when mining the silver. He says "In the garments those scars are the ripped paper...I home-dyed over 40 colors of a textile cotton waste and used PET to generate the headpieces."

Hearing the inspiration behind a collection or piece of art always makes it that much more interesting and beautiful to me. Whether it's to make a political statement or just translate a simple idea that comes to mind—on the vast spectrum of inspiration, isn't that what art is no matter the medium? What inspires you?

Image from Trendland_Miguel Mesa

Quotation, info and images are from a Trendland article written by Anna Canlas May 2014.

Image from Trendland_Miguel Mesa
Image From Trendland_Miguel Mesa
Image from Trendland_Miguel Mesa

Sun Spots

This post is inspired by Mara Hoffman's gorgeous new 2015 collection. The sun peeks out throughout her line, in bright rainbow colors. These other colorful spots couldn't help but come to mind. My eyes are so dazzled by all these bright rings of color I need to put my shades on!

  Mara Hoffman 2015 collection

Mara Hoffman 2015 collection

  Clockwise from top left: Kenneth Noland 1962, Vernor Panton rug, 1962 flower postcard, Sonia Delaunay,  Maya Hayuk, Mandy Barker, Floris M. Neususs, Mara Hoffman 2015

Clockwise from top left: Kenneth Noland 1962, Vernor Panton rug, 1962 flower postcard, Sonia Delaunay,  Maya Hayuk, Mandy Barker, Floris M. Neususs, Mara Hoffman 2015

And while we're basking in the glow of the 2015 runways, here are a few more sunshiny rays as depicted by HollyFulton, DSquared2 and Trina Turk. 

Katja Blog | Sun Spots

Cut it Out!

Bold, cut out shapes and colors—bringing Matisse to mind. Do you love these? I do! 

  Clockwise from upper left: Fanny Rose, Kira Jamison, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Jessica Williams, Nathan Carter, Alan Taylor 2014, Atelier Bingo, Beci Orpin and Sean Fennessy, Hernan Paganini Puloverchito, Issa Fall 2014, Violette Hurry De France,   Henri Matisse,

Clockwise from upper left: Fanny Rose, Kira Jamison, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Jessica Williams, Nathan Carter, Alan Taylor 2014, Atelier Bingo, Beci Orpin and Sean Fennessy, Hernan Paganini Puloverchito, Issa Fall 2014, Violette Hurry De France, Henri Matisse,

A trend is a trend is a trend...

I'm a big fan of Pinterest and one of the things I love most about it is seeing various trends emerge. When I'm looking at an array of images on a page shared by people from around the globe, I often begin to notice a repetition of imagery, colors, textures and fashions. If you follow like-minded people with common interests, you are bound to see things that are pleasing to you in some way and that stand out.  Without realizing it, you will be absorbing the visual repetition of a theme as it becomes mainstream. 

A trend evolution I've been noticing is the Sea Punk trend. Now, this is definitely not a new thing; and the reason I'm writing about this now and not four years ago, is because I'm a 40+ woman and it's taken that long for the trend to catch up with the likes of me. Presumedly the term was first coined on Twitter by DJ @lilinternet in 2011 and has slowly migrated to the runways in Paris and is now seen in more mainstream publications and outlets (like Pinterest).  

I can make sense of it in my adult mind now, even though this trend started as a teenage phenomenon based mostly in the club kid gif-loving arena of Tumblr. Dolphins, mermaid-colored hair, seashells and unicorns. Remember Gwen Stefani in the 90s with her bindi, blue hair twists and furry seafoam green bra? Was that the first sign of it, or more recently with Lady Gaga with a teal green blunt cut bob? Was it the Fall 2010 Proenza Schouler pastel-ridden fashion show? The iridescent glow of Hussein Chayalan's shoes for men?

Trends travel. Trends evolve and can have many different contributing influences. This trend in particular interests me because it's an amalgam of so many different things I see on Pinterest today: oceanic and water themes, teal blues and greens, iridescent gemstones, oil slicks, marbling and holographic images. Pastels, mother-of-pearl opalescence and cotton candy-colored hair.

When does one trend become another? Where do they overlap? And does a trend ever really end, or just go into a 20-year hibernation period to be reborn refreshed with a new twist for a new generation? I'm no expert on this, these are just my observations. Please feel free to weigh in, or elaborate on any information here. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts and whether any other trends out there have caught your eye. This is just one of my favorites until the next one comes along...

  Clockwise from top left: Chanel, Anton Ostlund, Chanel conch clutch, Maybelline: Tenacious teal via Harper's Bazaar, Alberta Ferreti S/S 2013, Vanesa Krongold tank, Burberry Prorsum, Oil slick, Shell sequins, UK Hairdressers Z One concept, KMS Cali hair Emma Mulholland tops, Maison Martin Margiela 2014, Meg Gray style / Pierre Tousaint photo, Clara H nails, 

Clockwise from top left: Chanel, Anton Ostlund, Chanel conch clutch, Maybelline: Tenacious teal via Harper's Bazaar, Alberta Ferreti S/S 2013, Vanesa Krongold tank, Burberry Prorsum, Oil slick, Shell sequins, UK Hairdressers Z One concept, KMS Cali hair Emma Mulholland tops, Maison Martin Margiela 2014, Meg Gray style / Pierre Tousaint photo, Clara H nails, 

Jewel Beetle

As a young kid in Virginia, I was terrified of Japanese beetles that would swoop down and get caught in my hair. I think I've made it past that phobia to see the beauty in these iridescent emerald gems.

Katja Blog | Jewel Beetle

Clockwise From UL: Milly, Prabal Gurung, Emilio Pucci, Irina Rudneva, Christian Dior, Rodebjer, YSL, Anish Kapoor, Jil Sander

New Wave

With summer here, I have visions of swimming in pools, in oceans, in the Bay—Er, no not that last one. (Brrrr!) Instead, I can enjoy these beauties that evoke the calm, rippling water that I see in my dreams. Check out Mirella Bruno's amazing Pinterest board for more seaworthy inspiration. 

  Clockwise from Upper left: Mina Perhonen, Caitlin Foster, Missoni,  Sean Montgomery, House of Holland, M Velho, Birgitta Hahn, Marimekko Sikkikuikka, Pat Bradbury, Petit Bateau Satu Maaranen, Andre Herrero/Richards

Clockwise from Upper left: Mina Perhonen, Caitlin Foster, Missoni,  Sean Montgomery, House of Holland, M Velho, Birgitta Hahn, Marimekko Sikkikuikka, Pat Bradbury, Petit Bateau Satu Maaranen, Andre Herrero/Richards