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

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


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

80s Inspired

Time for another trend I've been seeing popping up on Pinterest. There are lots of bright colors, fragmented bold shapes and squiggles. Very reminiscent of the 80s I grew up in. A few represented here are from the 80s and some are new. Can you tell which is which?

From Top Left: Sunny Todd, Frank Stella, George Sowden, YokoHonda, Swatch, Grassland & Geometric

From Top Left: Sunny Todd, Frank Stella, George Sowden, YokoHonda, Swatch, Grassland & Geometric