Curious Trends

16/08/2013

Visuology


In 2000, Susan Muncey invented the term 'visuology' to describe her unique approach to looking at the future. Visuology is a combination of vision, intuition and sociology. 

Visuology (see www.visuology.com) is now being relaunched as a bi-annual trends magazine aimed at trend forecasters, retailers, fashion and interior design professionals. The first issue, for Autumn/Winter 2014-15 and beyond, available at ShopCurious.com, looks at long term trends and offers a selection of fashion, furniture, art, accessories and lifestyle product picks, with a focus upon sustainability and timeless design. 

Visuology also offers a private trend forecasting service. To book a presentation including inspiration and ideas for Spring/Summer 2015, please email info@shopcurious.com for further details. 

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17/02/2013

Avant garde épaulettes

Epaulettes have popular for some time, but milliner and accessories designer, Little Shilpa, has reinvented the accessory in detachable multi-colour Perspex. Spotted at London Fashion Week, some of the brightly coloured shoulder adornments are also embellished with feathers and jewels. Expect to see more like these over the coming year.

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20/01/2013

A rainbow of colour for home accessories


Home accessories and kitchenware designers are hedging their bets regarding colour schemes for Spring/Summer 2013. Exhibitors at London’s Home trade fair chose the rainbow as the colour trend of their choice, producing items in every colour under the sun. Here are some of the many examples spotted:

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19/01/2013

The symbolic art of guns

Whether we like it or not, guns are in fashion. Earlier this month, Ecoterre reported that there was a growing demand for children’s bullet-proof jackets and backpacks in America.The tragedy of gun culture is also being brought to public attention through the work of contemporary artists, like Kristian von Hornsleth’s Langeland School Massacre Project.

And at this month’s London Art Fair, guns were the subject matter of recent works by the following:

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16/11/2012

Death – a Self-Portrait: The Richard Harris Collection at Wellcome

Richard Harris, a softly spoken 75 year old self-confessed optimist from Chicago, has a curious hobby – collecting all things relating to death. His collection of art, memorabilia and ephemera extends to around 2000 artworks, scientific specimens and historical artefacts, some 300 of which are featured in a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection: Death – A Self-portrait.
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11/11/2012

Parrots and parakeets in fashion and home accessories


Parrots, parakeets and brightly feathered birds are popping up all over the place, from desktop wallpaper to vintage style wall coverings. Tropcial bird inspired greens, blues, reds, yellows and pinks are increasingly being used for home accessories and items of furniture too.
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02/11/2012

Vintage hairdressing dummies as hat stands and decorative objects

Vintage hairdressers' dummy mannequins are becoming curiously cool as objets d'art. Collections of the characterful heads are increasingly being seen at flea markets and antiques fairs. They have also been spotted in use as hat stands at vintage and pop-up shops (see pictures below)
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02/11/2012

Hairy adornments for fashion and home accessories

Fashion and accessories designers will be incorporating more human, animal and man-made hair into their designs. This curious trend will spill over into interior design and hair will be used to embellish home accessories. Here are some of our initial sightings:

Charlie le Mindu’s unusual straw hats are decorated with Hasidic style Payot ringlets.
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02/11/2012

Curiosity headwear: Party headdresses and vintage inspired headpieces

Headdresses are the new fascinators and over the coming year they’re likely to be appearing everywhere from fashion shows and festivals to parties and dressy events. Here are some ideas of what to look out for:

Designer headdresses in floral or feathered in showgirl/burlesque style - like these headpieces by Piers Atkinson, Tatty Divine and J Smith Esquire:
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05/10/2012

A checkered past: granny takes another trip


The 1960s was a decade of immense optimism, when anything seemed possible. Britain led the way in contemporary fashion - a group of young people was even sent to New York to show off ‘the London look,’ which, according to one journalist constituted a ‘youthquake.’ It was also a time of tremendous change, with fluctuations of skirt length to match. Despite this, early1960s fashion design was noteworthy for its simple geometric shapes and op art inspired textles – as seen in the 1964 checkered (or chequered in Britspeak) wool mod suit (below) by Foale and Tuffin (pictured above).

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