9 Design Trends Straight from the Spring 2017 Runways
For the first decade of my career, I worked in the wild and wonderful world of trend forecasting, both in Paris and in New York. We would consult clients from a variety of industries – fashion, home, cosmetics, automotive – on upcoming trends in colors, patterns, materials and lifestyle. We collected this information by being deeply immersed in what was happening in the international art world, on the cutting edge of design, in the world of independent cinema, on the streets and in the hip-and-happening clubs... We collected this visual info from all over the world and translated it into a format suitable for a variety of projects and purposes: color cards, trend books, magazines. It was immensely creative and intuitive work, the complete opposite of a corporate job – and I often credit those years with giving me a solid understanding of styling, art direction and product development.
Even though my career has since led me to explore other fields and projects, I'm still very much attuned to and enamored with the fashion world and its influence on the design field in general. I was over the moon to see the spring 2017 runways explode in a riot of pattern and color, many of which will make their appearance in the decorating world as well. Here are a few top trends that are bound to cross over:
Mixing and matching stripes - menswear pinstripes, vintage ticking stripes, and classic pajama stripes. Woven, printed, or embroidered, they are all fair game to put together a fun “borrowed from the boys” haberdashery look, both in fashion and in the home.
Primary colors - a classic combo that will never really go out of style is updated this season with black and white. Think large flag patterns, bold dip-dye effects and statement stripes.
Black-and-white - another standby combo that is here to stay. This season, we are mixing a variety of black and white patterns together: checkerboards, polka dots, even two-tone giraffe and leopard patterns are thrown into the mix.
Sketches - a brand new pattern trend that takes its cue from the art world, and that specifically draws its inspiration from delicately hand-drawn lines and patterns, almost always on a white or light colored ground – pretty and poetic.
Vintage - that brings us to the unapologetically romantic trend of reinterpreting vintage florals in soothing color palettes and beautiful materials – think chintz and taffeta, embroidery and pearls, roses and ribbons.
Sixties florals - 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the summer of love, and flower power is back in a big way. Peace!
Pink and red - yes, breaking the rules is allowed, even encouraged. Technically speaking, pink and red are analogous colors (they're next to each other on the color wheel) and therefore their pairing is often harmonious and cohesive, if not creative and exciting.
Chartreuse yellow - the newest kid on the color block is this intriguing hue, a color between yellow and green that was named because of its resemblance to the greenish/yellow color of a French liqueur, introduced in 1764.
Seventies geometric - last but not least, the retro vibes continue with an assortment of geometric patterns in a decidedly seventies color palette. Groovy baby!