Neon is back, reemerging as the fashion statement of the season. It's a far cry from the head-to-toe blinding yellows of the eighties. These new neons are more subtle, paired with bold jewel tones and soft crystal for a more upscale splash of light and color.
The combination of gold and silver jewelry with bright pinks and sunny yellows gives these accessories an exotic feel. Transition into warmer weather by adding a touch of neon to your wardrobe.
It's a new year and a new evolution of style and color. This year, we toured America and collected hot, new fashion trends from our native land. From Miami to New York over to the west coast hubs of Los Angeles and Portland, these four cities are Meccas of influence in art, pop culture and fashion.
Our 2013 trends are inspired by more than the clothes and architecture of these locales, but by the people themselves, their unique culture and attitudes. Together, they represent America, and the melting pot of community and design that makes our country so unique.
To begin our blog tour of trends, we head South, to the vibrant and free-wheeling Miami.
Quick-tempo, Latin music blares at oceanside parties where casual is classy when it's painted in bright hues and large floral prints. Fabrics are light and breezy, flattering figures without clinging to the skin. At the club, short sun dresses are paired with long, bare legs and high-heeled sandals. In the office, a floral jacket is worn with billowing red slacks. The lifestyle is sexy. It's fun. It's relaxed, and it's adventurous.
Embrace the Miami trend by being bold and carefree. Pair a floral pattern with another floral pattern. Paint your bedroom a bright blue. Step into a pair of hot pink heels or hang a pink flamingo ornament on your Christmas tree.
Vibrant, elegant and playful, coral and peach shades have always influenced spring and summer fashion. This year they’re becoming a big trend thanks to the beautiful looks on the catwalk, the range of coral pieces on the red carpet, and the constant photos of celebrities like Emily Blunt wearing the look. Coral and peach are great shades to try out this summer as they add a pop of color to your wardrobe without being too loud, not to mention they’re universally flattering.
Be on the lookout for our new sandal ornaments this Christmas season. Our fancy peep-toe sandal, accented with Swarovski crystals, makes a perfect hostess gift for a get-together with your girlfriends. And our crystal-accented flip-flop ornament will add a cool summer vibe to any Christmas tree.
This is the last of our 2012 trees, and certainly one of our favorites. Our Madison Avenue trend is inspired by the Mad Men craze that is not only dominating the airwaves, but spreading into fashion and home decor. Martini lunches, high-waisted pencil skirts, and tweed suits are all making a comeback in a re-imagined, modern way.
The Madison Avenue color palette includes iconic colors of the 60's: bronze orange and avocado green with pops of fuscia and vibrant blue. We wrapped our tree in thick satin ribbon, intertwining the orange and green into a floppy bow at the top. Blue glitter bulbs peek out from the branches, along with copper glitter stars and matte green bulbs.
From our collections, we chose some of our large, glitter flats in gold, fuscia and silver, tied with brightly-colored satin ribbons. We also selected iconic pieces, including our peep-toe shoe ornament in blue, our martini ornament, glitter wine bucket ornament, silver glitter peace sign and pewter ornaments from our NYC collection.
Packages were wrapped in a mixture of colors, from copper to blue and interspersed with a patterned paper of bright orange flowers. For each package we tied one of our ornaments to the bow which can be engraved on the back and used as a gift tag!
Continuing our re-emerging trends throughout the decades, we're going back in time to the early 1900's where the darkly romantic style of the Victorian age is making waves as a new trend in style, literature, and film also known as Steampunk. Re-imagined lace-up boots, corsets, and of course, icons of the steam-powered age are characteristic of the trend, and as you can see from our Gothic Victorian tree, the color palette includes varying metallics in bronze, pewter and brushed silver, deep purples and burgandys.
For our Steampunk tree, we twisted steel-colored mesh ribbon with burgandy satin through the branches and created a topper combining the two ribbons. To continue the theme, we also used the same ribbons on the packages below. Copper colored birds are clipped to the branches along with copper gears in varying sizes, bunches of small purple bulbs and copper metallic blown glass bulbs.
From our ornament collection, we included our matte gold filigree ornaments with Swarovski crystals, bronze filigree dragonflies, bronze owls, bronze filigree diamond photo frames and our pewter, steam-powered train.
For our annual holiday Trend Intelligence guide this year, we followed trend and fashion across the ages, finding themes and colors that have re-emerged in an updated style. First up, is our 1940's pin-up trend, reminiscent of carefree class and sailor-inspired design.
As you can see from our pin-up tree, the color palette includes cherry reds, vibrant pinks and a combination of blues. The tree-topper is a bow made from wide gingham ribbon and as garland, we used a mixture of red and light teal chiffon.
Filler bulbs come in fun spirals, red pinwheels and large, teal glitter and deep rose bulbs. Throughout the tree, we also used smaller gingham bows to tie everything together.
For our ornaments, we chose icons reminiscent of the era: pink swirl flamingos, blue sailboats, red glitter high-heeled shoes and cherries, and our "kiss" lips tied with red hearts satin ribbon.
For our packages, we found a combination of wrappings: red gift bags stuffed with pink tissue, silver with red and light teal ribbons, and underwater themed paper adorned with one of our sailboat ornaments.
Our pets are part of the family which is why we celebrated all of their love, devotion and companionship with our pet tree this year!
This tree was a lot of fun to decorate. We focused on using bright, solid colors: red, blue and green and accented with white paw print ribbon. For garland we used a length of chain. For decorations, furry mouse toys and rope bones nestled in the branches.
In addition to our photo ornments, we also adorned the tree with our pewter woof bone and meow paw ornaments and an assortment of green, red and blue glitter paws.
No tree is complete without gifts underneath and for our pet tree we put together a special assortment using stainless steel pet bowls as gift baskets, stuffed with colored tissue, wrapped in paw print cellophane and tied with "I heart my dog" satin ribbon. As a special package accent, we tied on one of our silvertone glitter paw ornaments that can also be used as a keyring.
We've redecorated the trees in our office to reflect current trends in color, pop culture and design. In total, we have six trees at Gloria Duchin headquarters, and over the next few weeks, we're going to show you all of them, hopefully giving you some inspiration for your holiday decor. First up, our Dreams tree and our Black Swan tree.
Both of these trees are so much fun. The pink tree adds pop to your season and the black tree adds an edge.
For the pink, Dreams tree, we went for a soft, etheral feel, topping the tree with white tulle that drapes down through the branches. Bunches of cotton stuffing symbolize clouds, floating through the tree and also cover the base as a tree skirt. For bulbs, we used primarily silver, both in matte glitter and glossy finish in different sizes for depth. The fuscia glitter bulbs add just a touch of necessary color.
We wanted this tree to be about imagination and fantasy, and selected a group of iconic ornaments that would express that, including our pewter flying pig ornament with pink glitter accents. He soars through the branches along with our dreams angel and silver glitter stars.
Our Black Swan tree is of course, reminiscent of the film, Black Swan, capturing the dark beauty of the film and ballet. Our black tree was a perfect base to capture this idea. We accented it with a white feather topper, the two sides of the swan.
For color, clusters of red feathers are throughout along with bunches of small red bulbs. The floral lights resemble stage lights and the silver bulbs are like small, round mirrors.
The iconic ornaments we used are in pewter and gold finishes. To coordinate with the theme, we have pewter ballerinas, pewter ballet shoes, silver glitter fleur de lis ornaments and goldtone swans.
This spring yellow is anything but mellow, popping in bright, sunshine hues on dresses, jackets, purses, shoes, jewelry and even kitchen appliances.
It's a perfect introduction to spring, amplifying the cheerful mood we all have when the snow melts and the flowers bloom. It's impossible to be depressed when dressed in yellow, and as shown, the hue compliments everyone and everything, from blond bombshells to toasters.
One of our favorites is a yellow glitter peep toe shoe ornament we made. Add some spring fever to your Christmas tree this season and compliment brightly colored ornaments with flowers and ribbons.
Not much has been appearing on the style horizon as of late. Thank goodness for the Oscars, where everyone showcases their newest and best in gowns, shoes and dazzling accessories. What trended this year? Red and white.
Jewel tones are still making waves in bright and bold solids paired with the ever-classic white. In addition to their coloring, all the gowns featured above have a long, sleek fit and simple elegance, with one sleeve or no sleeves. They might vary in design and draping, but one thing is for sure, classic colors are here to stay. These gowns remind me of a simple candy cane, like our pewter candy cane ornament featured right. There are certain colors and traditions, like the candy cane, that will be around forever. A tree without a candy cane doesn't seem complete. Just as a wardrobe without classic solids is an empty closet. A traditional Christmas and a traditional gown are two things that will always be en vogue, even as styles change.
The Lincoln Public Library in Lincoln, RI asked us to participate in their 2011 Dress-a-Bear silent auction to help raise money for library programs and materials. Above is our Gloria Duchin angel bear, dressed with wings and a halo along with a hand silkscreened Gloria Duchin tee shirt. Our bear is riding in a basket of clouds and includes two sets of our collectible angel ornaments for 12 angels in all!
More than 60 bears have been donated to the library including ours. If you live in the Rhode Island area, bidding on the bears begins on Monday, November 7th and ends on Friday, November 18th, with a gala party from 5:30-7:00 PM. For more information, please visit: http://www.lincolnlibrary.com/
Our last post was about fiery reds, on the other end of the spectrum we also have ice blue and silver, a classy and trendy pairing for the upcoming winter. Below, Blake Lively shows off the combination in two separate gowns that together are reminiscent of glittering ice crystals. Looking to add some frost to your tree? Below are some of our ice blue ornaments that would look great paired with large silver, glitter bulbs and translucent glass icicles.
The glitz is back as celebs step out onto the red carpet in golden dresses and gowns adorned with sequins, jewel and fringe for the maximum glam. Emma Roberts stepped out in a gold leather Miu Miu dress with a beaded collar. At her Horrible Bosses premiere, Jennifer Anniston went with a shimmering Valentino Couture dress with glitter and sequin details, and at her show in New Jersey, Taylor Swift dressed as a modern-day flapper with a fringed mini-dress. Each one of these golden girls shone from head to toe.But you don't have to be a celeb to shine. We've just released a new, matte gold filigree collection of ornaments. Each one is filled with Swarovski crystals in multiple cuts, shapes and sizes for all over sparkle. Available now, exclusively online.
What's in for summer? Adorable floral prints on fun, flirty, ruffles skirts and flowing sun dresses. Celebs are stepping out in brightly colored patterns large and small, and on Leighton Meester's Stella McCartney skirt (below) paired together.
Source: Star Magazine
This is a great summer look because it's feminine and sweet and can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sandals. I think we'll see this evolve as the seasons change, with prints and patterns in deeper shades and longer dresses with the same tiered fabrics and ruffles.
The stars sparkle on the red carpet in sequined gowns from rose gold to midnight blue. The gowns range from cocktail length to skirts with draping trains for all-over glitter. With dresses like these, the celebrities minimized their jewelry and carried small clutches because their gowns shine on their own.
This is a trend we're happy to see making headlines since we love to use glitter in our designs. Above is our silvertone glitter poodle with a rhinestone collarm, our silvertone diamond ring and one of our new glitter intitals with a silver glitter star charm. The beauty of glitter is it can add glamour and whimsy to a piece.
Dave Rodgers, local RI native and former Navy SEAL, commented on the amount of skill and difficulty required in performing a successful mission such as this one. Although the names and identities of the highly secretive Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden will not be released, we can send them, and all of our troops serving overseas a hearty congratulations and thank you for their dedication and service.
Donations can be made to the Navy SEAL Foundation, benefitting U.S. Navy SEALs, SWCC, NSW Support Personnel, and their families.
From our 2009 Trend Intelligence Guide, making a resurgence in popular fashion!
Street Chic is a youthful fashion trend reminiscent of the late 80's when graffiti art hit mainstream and teens danced to boombox beats in the streets of New York. Combined with some of today's newer styles, fashions include skinny jeans with oversize hooded sweatshirts painted in grafitti are or in bright colors with neon blue, yellow and green piping.
From People magazine, celebs like Khloe Kardashain, Anna Kendrick and Cameron Diaz are going street chic in brightly colored jeans, a fun way to break out of the winter blues for summer.
Who says you can't wear white before Memorial Day? The rules have changed. There are no rules! And celebs like Katrina Bowden and Busy Philipps are welcoming spring in fun, flirty, frilly white frocks.
White is a versatile hue that compliments a golden tan or fairer skin, brunettes and blonds, and provides a blank palette for accessorizing. What do you think? Who wears it best in this photo from Star magazine?
We're familiar with the metal, using it in our keepsake designs for over thirty years. Pewter is a popular substance for creating giftware and jewelry because of it's softness. It's easy to mold into intricate details and patterns and gives off a beautiful, matte sheen. Which makes it a perfect hue for red carpet gowns that mold to the figure and accentuate the natural glow of the wearer.
Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Emma Roberts, Jessica Alba, Malia Akerman, and Blake Lively were all photographed in US Weekly wearing glittering pewter gowns in glam and classic styles, exposing the versatility of the metallic hue. We expect to see pewter becoming more dominant in fashion, giftware and home decor as the year continues.
City Garden from our annual 2011 Trend Intelligence(tm) guide, a perfect color and style trend for spring.
The concept of “going green” has evolved from a trend into a way of life. People are returning to a simpler time by changing the way they eat, clean, and shop. Labels like “local” and “organic” are important to consumers, as they are more interested in where their products are coming from and how they are made. This sentiment is becoming more and more important in the city, with the presence of farmers markets, the upswing of parks and public spaces, and the obsession with everything vintage.
In fashion, recycled metals are being made into chic jewelry and belts, paired with light and airy fabrics. Textiles are being dyed with vegetables such as beets and eggplant. Patterns and textures representing nature are found on the street and on the red carpet. A major trend in home décor is upcycling, taking the old and making it new, and when this isn’t possible, creating something new that speaks to the past. Retro chairs are refinished and paired with a reclaimed wood table. Plants are used to create an oasis amidst an inner city backdrop.
In Christmas décor, these same ideas hold true. Decorations are made from old or recycled items and scraps of unused fabrics. Ornaments represent nature in a modern, city-living kind of way. Trees are made from uncommon materials and are showcased as an art installation, while wrapping papers channel the past with their retro patterns.
Striking silvers and golds hit the red carpet at the 2011 Oscars ceremony. Halle Berry, Michelle Williams, Hilary Swank and other leading ladies decked out in form-fitting metallic gowns accented with jewels and feathers.
One thing you'll notice in the People Magazine photo above is the metallic hue of choice is predominantly silver. I think this is a trend that will continue through the year as silver gains its reputation for being the sleeker, shinier, more glam metal. Paired with bold colored accents, gems or sequins, silver looks rich and glamorous.
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