Reuters – The fashion industry has been dressing up more than just catwalk models in New York, London and Milan this month, as its flamboyant use of language is flummoxing ordinary British shoppers, a major British retailer said.
Even personal shoppers need fashion dictionaries to understand words such as “spants” (harem pants) and “swacket” (a sweater/jacket) — lexicon that is used on a regular basis by fashionistas, according to British department store Debenhams.
“It’s now easier to understand complex calculus than some of the words commonly used by commentators within the fashion industry to describe garments,” spokesman for Debenhams, Ed Watson, said in a statement.
“We believe that these words are only properly understood by approximately five per cent of the population – yet they are commonly used throughout the fashion industry,” he said.
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- Fashion industry ‘bumping on bottom’ (premierlinedirect.co.uk)
- Fashionistas leave shoppers baffled with growing design dictionary (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- Do YOU make less effort as the week goes on? (graziadaily.co.uk)
- LFW: Most Outrageous Fashion (hills2city.wordpress.com)
- Debenhams First To Cast Disabled Model (graziadaily.co.uk)
- Beauty ed’s New York Fashion Week ESSENTIALS! (graziadaily.co.uk)
- Blog post by VIP Exclusive Fashion (fashionindustrynetwork.com)
- Special Report: Fashion: At Jil Sander, Raf Simons Plays With Modernism (nytimes.com)
- An Interview with new designer .. Rachel Cogley (trendfashionmag.wordpress.com)
Once you know who Kenneth Grange is – once you’ve learned a little about his remarkable 50-year career and your eye is in – you see his work everywhere: on streets and stations, in your kitchen, your cupboards and your desk drawer. If the tube had let me down this morning, I might even have travelled here in one of his designs the London taxi cab, which he remodelled in 1997. Such visual omnipotence, though, is starkly at odds with his personality, which is not grand at all. Grange, modest to a fault, is apt to attribute even his greatest hits – the InterCity 125 train, for instance, which was introduced in 1976 and which is still going strong – to hard work and serendipity rather than his own genius. The retrospective of his career that is shortly to be staged at the Design Museum is certainly pleasing, but he hopes, too, that it won’t cause people to think that he is no longer working. ” Because I am – surprise, surprise. Why would I stop? I mean, if a bloke can play the piano, you don’t stop him playing it, do you?” It’s his wife the unstoppable Grange feels sorry for. “It’s a bugger living with a designer, you know. We keep sticking our noses in. She can’t buy a tea towel without me having an opinion.”
Strange Random Design Quote:
We live in a society where everybody feels guilty. We want to do good, but we don’t want to get out of the house. A brand can help us feel good if you buy this yogurt. – Mark Gobé
- The perfect product (guardian.co.uk)
- artists, not designers (ruffledrose.com)
- Core77 Design Awards COUNTDOWN: Interiors/Exhibition (core77.com)
Colour is vital to organisations across the world. Whether involved in interior design, fashion, manufacturing or a host of other activities, colour is a pre-eminent factor in establishing whether a product will or will not sell. ICA colour forecasts, 24 months ahead of the retail selling season, are now available online with Pantone© and NCS notations to ensure colour accuracy when communicating on the Internet.
No, really, this is what they do. This information is not cheap, either – a subscription for Autumn / Winter 2011 – 2012 will cost you 250 pounds (sterling) or you can get two seasons for 400 pounds.
Who said colour wasn’t important?
Strange Random Colour Quote:
There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another. – Edouard Manet
- How to locate Pantone colours in the chromaticity diagram? (ask.metafilter.com)
- How do you make an interior romantic (wiki.answers.com)
- Cashmere Colour Trends for 2011/12 to be Unveiled at Cashmere World Trade Show (via Cashmere Throw Blog) (kothea.com)
- NCS Colour Scan 2.0 (coolhunting.com)
- The real life colour picker is now real (amnesiablog.wordpress.com)
- Remodel The Essense Of Your Bed Room Rapidly And Easily With Colour And Simple Changes (allhome-improve.com)
- Sharks may be colour-blind (cbc.ca)
Architectural Projection Mapping is the process of projecting computer-generated images onto a building, a sort of 21st-Century son et lumière and probably what Jean-Michel Jarre would have used for his concerts if he had had the technology twenty years ago.
To start with, here’s an example of how you could use a building for advertising purposes:
If you want to see more examples, visit Urban Screen, who specialise in these techniques.
Strange Random Building Quote:
The space within becomes the reality of the building – Frank Lloyd Wright
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From the Natural History Museum‘s online store, come the latest in green (ecological) gifts. Among the recycled circuit boards, CDs and beer bottles, you can find the ultimate in house plants – your own pine tree in a box filled with reindeer, um, excrement. The choice of fertilizer is explained like this:
In the wild, reindeer eat a range of plants and fruit. The seeds are then distributed in their dung, which provides an ideal nutrient-rich environment for plants to grow. Dung is taken from UK zoos and safari parks, then treated to remove germs and odours.
Whatever your choice, remember that buying green makes a difference:
Profits from all online shop orders support the Museum’s research into fighting diseases like malaria and conserving the biodiversity of our planet.
Strange Random Language Fact:
If you stop to think about the diversity of words, texts and logos that surround us almost perpetually, you realise that the hand of a graphic artist is never more than a few inches away. Yet we rarely stop to admire the design of our cereal box, or at least not consciously, nor do we ponder just how many different typefaces have printed the name Obama. For a closer look at this omnipresent art form, Colecte offers us everything from Japanese matchbox labels, letterheads for trucking companies, to Cinema title cards for such classics as “The Kiss of the Vampire“. Once you’ve got a taste for appreciating graphic design, everyday shopping trips may take on a completely new dimension.