Stylesight, a leading global forecasting company, held its LIVE Global Trend Tour in New York City this past August at the New York Times’s The Times Center bringing their well-renowned trend forecasters Isham Sardouk, SVP Trend Forecasting from London, and Sharon Graubard, SVP Trend Analysis from New York. Sardouk and Graubard shared their trend predictions for both menswear and womenswear for the upcoming Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 seasons. The event was packed as retailers, buyers, designers, manufacturers, editors, and the press filled The Times Center auditorium for the two-part seminar. The first half of the seminar featured Sardouk and the second featured Graubard.
Sardouk’s expertise in trend forecasting came to life as he started speak in a dominant but passive voice as he showed slides of on a screen that reflected his inspirations. Here are some of the trends mentioned by Sardouk during his Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 presentations:
Craft-inspired pieces with a “handmade look” such as crochet and patchwork as a print.
Oversized pieces like palazzo pants. “Things are going to be longer and bigger as well as skinnier and shorter.”
Wild animal prints but “moving away from the leopards and cats to smaller animals.”
Substract cutting using “futuristic lines where all angles come together.” Example: Yohji Yamamoto exhibit in London.
Elevated sportswear with less is more in perspective and just keeping essential things. The ‘parka’ is a key item for the season.
Transparency in clothing. Example: the final looks of the Burberry show.
Digital-inspired neon looks. The use of materials such as plastic, aluminum, metal.
Oriental influence. “East is the new west.” As seen in the work of Dries Van Noten, Halder Ackerman, and Riccardo Tisci.
Clear materials that looks crystalline. “Less high-tech, futuristic but softer.”
Ombre prints. “Ombre is a classic today, it is becoming big in menswear. It is no longer a fad.”
Soft Tech materials inspired by candy and jelly.
Ashen colors such as grays and dusty yellows.
Summer dark colors, “combining black and brown; moving away from black and navy.”
Soft eco-friendly materials that have a romantic look. Designers for inspiration: Matthew Ames, Vanessa Bruno, and Abigail Nicholson.
Streetwear culture. “Driven by what’s happening in the youth culture in the streets.”