NYNOW’S Fall/Winter edition wrapped up yesterday at the Javits Center and there were definite macro trends to be found, many of which can spill over into accessories. We did some trendspotting and found some amazing things–some wearable, some for the home. Come take a peek:
CHUNKY KNITS & ROPES
From hand-knit fashion accessories sold in DIY kits to oversized neoprene baskets that look like some giant knit them out of recycled rubber or something, the chunky knit trend was very much on display.
From long shaggy mohair fur to knubby knits to open basket weaves, it’s all about a tactile feel.
DISKS & CIRCLES
Jewelry has certainly gotten an orbital focus, adding texture for tactile interest as well. From suede-coated bracelets with metallic accents to concrete or stone disks, the look is always circular and substantial.
SUCCULENTS & CACTI ARE THE NEW PALMS
Tropical palm leaves have taken a back seat to a more desert plant–the succulent. With their soft green hue, succulents and cacti fit into the faded hue trend. Not only that, they are durable and edgy (literally). Even photographer have embraced the succulent trend, with giant prints capturing that pretty gray/green hue. The cactus has also emerged as a popular home item, from decorative ceramic cactus sculptures to cactus prints. The cactus also showed up side by side pineapples in many cases, and might just replace it fully as a motif.
PRINT & PATTERN GETS WASHED OUT
Deep indigo blues are still strong, and textiles are created with wood block print methods, Shiburi dyeing techniques and the like, but everything is a bit softer and faded. The weathered, worn-in look adds to the home-spun feel.
IS PAPER THE NEW CANVAS?
Designers are taking paper and treating it to make it durable and water resistant. This foldable, crushable, crinkly material serves as an alternative to canvas and even leather (where the former is definitely lighter weight). The process takes color well as well as metallic finishes and it’s turned up in baskets, aprons, clutches and even handbags, backpacks and weekenders.
Of course, most of this trend came from Japanese exhibitors, but it still has traction as a trend. From stark white to soft metallics, bends and folds add visual and literal texture. Some, such as the vinyl necklaces below, aren’t even folded, but more photo printed for an optical illusion.