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Susan Slotkis - Interior Designer, Professional Speaker, Industry Expert, Author & Educator
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I'm grateful and thankful for 2014.  Despite some bumpy rides along the way I have come to appreciate the support from others which I suppose is really what Thanksgiving is all about. I look forward to the wonderful end of year festivities beginning with Thanksgiving and all the December holidays and celebrations.

My last few articles focused on the past featuring some amazing accomplishments of the 17th to 20th centuries.  Today I bring you a more current trend, but alas with some historical references. I just can't help myself.

Trend: Fashion Confluence
I recently gave a presentation at NeoCon East in Baltimore on Design Directions & Trends. The session covered:

* Defining Forecasting & Trends
* Influencing Factors such as Demographics

* Overarching Directions:
  • Design in the Public Interest
  • Design as a Business Model
  • DIY Consumer
Current Trends explored:
  • Mixed Heritage
  • Good Bones
  • Dapper Dandy
  • Fashion Confluence
I decided to share highlights of the last of the 4 trends with my Design for the Rest of Us audience.

Fashion Confluence
There is nothing new about interior design & decor inspired by the runway. Decades ago fashion designers such as Bill Blass, later Joseph Abboud, created bedlinens inspired by the colors and patterns of their menswear designs. Ralph Lauren Home turned 30 last year!  In fact, one has to think hard to come up with a fashion designer who is not involved with home fashion, product design (or licensing), let alone hotel design. Fashion-forward interiors continue to flourish. 
Armani/Casa, Houndstooth and Shades of Gray

Diane Von Furstenberg for Kravet
What has been trending is a reversal of sorts with architecture and historical period motifs influencing apparel and fashion accessories. Fashion inspired by historical motifs and architecture are gaining momentum.
Gehry-inspired fashion by Coco Redfield
Historical Style Inspiring Fashion:  Ancient Greece 
Red&Black GreekKey
Medieval Style,  Venice, Tiffany and McQueen

Baroque Style
Art Deco Design
For more images on Fashion Confluence (historical styles and lots more) visit my Pinterest Boards.

The complete in-person PowerPoint Design Directions & Trends  presentation is available, customized to your organization's needs (60 minutes to a 2-hour presentation with Q&A session).

Inquiries about pricing & availability: 
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Until the next time...