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On The Runway

  • Trend Report: 2016 Recap

    We're in the thick of winter, and that means it's time to layer and bundle up! This coming year's styles play with thinner and thicker fabrics, which lets you bundle up with layers or go big with one huge and independent style. From trench coats to tiered designs, long pieces are the highlight of this coming year, so make sure to stock up!

    Long Coats

    David Michael | Spring Ready-to-Wear 2017 David Michael | Spring Ready-to-Wear 2017
    Carry your trench coat style over to the next season! Lots of designers fashioned this look out of thinner fabrics to make wearing light and easy with the coming warm weather--long enough to shield against the wind and light enough to keep from overheating.

    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Slit Skirt Dresses

    Michael Kors Collection | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors Collection | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Slit skirts and dresses are a sophisticated style that look great on both long and shorter skirts. They make your silhouette look long and lean and can be paired with a number of skirt shapes from pencil to empire styles! Longer skirts are better for formal settings, but a shorter skirt like the one above can work in a more casual setting.
    Nicole Millder | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Nicole Miller | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Slit style skirts are also a great opportunity for showing off a pair of your favorite shoes. With the exposed look from the slit, attention is drawn to the legs and feet and giving the chance to highlight great footwear! Don't be afraid to use a busy pattern either. Find the right pattern and it can make your design really stunning.
    Tome | Spring 2017 Resort Tome | Spring 2017 Resort
    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Coat Dresses

    Giamba | Spring 2017 Resort Giamba | Spring 2017 Resort
    More coat styles! Lots of styles were spruced up in sportswear with coat dresses. Their bulky design can be a blessing in this chilly weather, but it's also good for transition weather like in the spring.
    Victor Alfaro | Spring 2017 Resort Victor Alfaro | Spring 2017 Resort
    Paired with pants or leggings and this is great for cooler weather, or you can sport it in mild temperatures, too! It's another pretty adaptable look.
    T by Alexander Wang | Spring 2017 Resort T by Alexander Wang | Spring 2017 Resort
    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Plunge Neckline

    A popular look from the 2017 line-up included both reserved and daring plunge necklines. From mock to true designs, we've seen potential in plunge necklines for the coming year!
    Kate Spada New York | Spring 2017 Resort Kate Spada New York | Spring 2017 Resort
    Lots of formal styles with this neckline are usually left open, but don't be afraid to adapt the style to the season and wear a shirt underneath to cover up and keep warm! Use a neutral or skin tone underneath and you won't have to worry about taking away any emphasis from the plunge's design.
    Tome | Spring 2017 Resort Tome | Spring 2017 Resort
    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Ruffles

    Strutting fancy and elegant, ruffles were accented everywhere from sleeves to collars. Loose and flowing like the ones below, these shorter ruffles bring an air of femininity to any look!
    Kate Spade New York | Spring 2017 Resort Kate Spade New York | Spring 2017 Resort
    Sea | Spring 2017 Resort Sea | Spring 2017 Resort
    Tome | Spring 2017 Resort Tome | Spring 2017 Resort
    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Tiered Pieces

    Both tops and bottoms showcased tiers incorporated into their designs. We saw this style experimented with last year towards the fall and winter seasons, but now they’re starting to really blossom from these designers!
    Roksanda | Spring 2017 Resort Roksanda | Spring 2017 Resort
    Gathered sections and color blocking can be used to accent and project a tiered look for pieces, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of these styles. Both look wonderful!
    See by Chloe | Spring 2017 Resort See by Chloe | Spring 2017 Resort
    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Asymmetry

    Rag & Bone | Spring 2017 Resort 2017 Rag & Bone | Spring 2017 Resort 2017
    Have you ever donned an asymmetrical look? These designs can be quite refreshing from your usual balanced styles, so if you haven’t tried one yet, consider a dress with an asymmetric neckline or top with mismatched sleeves.
    Vionnet | Spring 2017 Resort Vionnet | Spring 2017 Resort
    A one-sided accent or flourished hemline can also be a great way to make a piece asymmetrical. It doesn’t need to be too big or loud—sometimes smaller details speak large volumes for fashion. For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Women in Menswear

    Women in menswear has been popular for decades, and it’s always nice to see men’s recent designs applied to women’s fashion, too. Below we have this past fall’s cropped pants style paired with a fitted blazer for a sharp and masculine women’s suit. The tapered hemline of the pants narrows your silhouette for a fantastic business style.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Resort 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Resort
    And if looser pants are more your game, try a loose trouser with a fitted jacket. The contrast between the waistline and the trouser will slim the appearance of your waist and give your bottom half a weighted appeal!
    Celine | Spring 2017 Resort Celine | Spring 2017 Resort
    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!: And that's the forecast for now! What highlights are your favorites? Are you looking forward to adding any of these styles into your wardrobe?
  • Mood Style: Sewing an Outerwear Cape

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    Capes, capelets, and mantels; all three were seen on the Fall 2016 runways, and in no shortage of different styles! We saw short and simple silhouettes with fur details, lovely wrap coats with attached capelet overlays, and even long garments ready for the red carpet.
    Libertine Fall 2016 Read-to-Wear Libertine Fall 2016 Read-to-Wear
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Marc Jacobs | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marc Jacobs | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    For today's sewing project, I decided to pull some inspiration from this trend. Rather than a basic cape, I decided to make a sort of mix between the Libertine and Prada capes above, while pulling the rich colors from Marc Jacobs' runway.

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    Luckily, I found the perfect belted cape pattern from Burda's Rock Island collection. I used the following fabrics and materials with just a few alterations:

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    I made the belt about 1.5x the pattern's recommended length in order to give it a nice bow in the front. In addition. I also got rid of the front belt loops, moving them to the side instead. This showed off the beautiful herringbone fabric a little more, which I absolutely love!

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    The pockets were also scrapped so the print wouldn't be too overpowering. And instead of a fabric tab closer at the collar, I used one of Mood's fantastic over-sized safety pins.

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    Overall, it's a lovely piece of outerwear for Fall! Are you going to be making your own? I'd love to know what fabrics and colors you'll be using!

  • Fall 2016 Fashion Week Summary

    Fall Fashion Week has come to a close for this season! From cut-out styles to moto jackets, the line-up ranged from chic and edgy. Here are some of the most prominent trends to take away from this season.

    Suede

    There were plenty of fabrics that popped up all over the runway, and suede was one of them! Suede always has strong presence in fashion, but it’s especially beloved during the Fall.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Great in both bright and mature colors, suede has a beautiful and unique sheen to it that can really impress onlookers when added to your ensemble.
    McQ Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear McQ Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own suede looks with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Bomber Jackets

    Bomber jackets! Need I say more? A design I've come to consider a sibling to the moto jacket, bomber jackets are both stylish and comfortable. They look great in any color, and they're often adorned with a number of decorations like patches, embroidery, and more.
    Off-White | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Off-White | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    They also look great in almost any fabric! Want one in pleather? Go ahead! Satin? Absolutely. It all works, making this style very universal. It's a great addition to any wardrobe or ensemble, so it's no surprise that so many designers showcased them in their line-ups!
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own bomber jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Off-the-Shoulder Looks

    Elegance is key in off-the-shoulder designs, and the runway delivered! This look is great when made with a fabric that shines, so it satin is your game, take a chance to play with an off-the-shoulder dress or shirt! Or go with a knit for something looser and more comfortable!
    Marques Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    These are a lovely way to show off the collarbone and shoulders while still be reserved and practical.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own off-the-shoulder looks with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Moto Jackets

    These jackets were all over the show each week! They’ll probably never go out of style. The asymmetrical zipper of these jackets is an immediate tip-off to the style, and the tapered shape from the shoulders is a great way to accentuate one’s waistline.
    Rodarte | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Rodarte | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    If you’re looking for a way to dress bold, try adding a moto jacket to your wardrobe!
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own moto jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Pleather

    Pleather is a wonderful, wonderful thing! It gives off both great feel and presence of luxury. If you want to make an impression, pleather is a way to do it, and designers at Fashion Week took full advantage of this!
    Valentino | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Valentino | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Smooth, sleek, and great with a top-stitch, pleather is a great fashion ally!
    Loewe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Loewe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Cut-Outs

    Cut-out designs have to be one of my favorite fashion trends. The play with negative space is an artistic touch that draws the eye in a unique way, and when used skillfully, it can have you turning heads as you walk by.
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Solid, thick fabrics that will hold the shape well are best for designs like these, and it looks great in saturated and neutral colors.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own cut-out styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Women in Menswear

    Everyone loves a man in uniform, but what about a woman? Rocking a well-tailored blazer or collar isn’t exclusive to men; the business feel of these styles is attractive on women, too!
    Celine | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Celine | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Sporting menswear styles can open a whole new door for your wardrobe to expand into, so take some inspiration from the Fashion Week designers and look into getting your hands on some of your own!
    A.F. Vandevorst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear A.F. Vandevorst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Exaggerated Proportions

    Lastly, and possibly the most-seen style on the runway, was over-exaggerated proportions. Huge shoulders, wide pants, and long, long sleeves were all over Fashion Week, and it's probably one of the more new styles to have hit this season.
    Marques Almedia | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques Almedia | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Whether its design is practical or not, big sleeves are in, so take advantage of it and get warm and comfy as the weather gets colder!
    Fenty x Puma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fenty x Puma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own big and long styles with these fabrics from Mood:   What styles are you looking forward to sewing this season? Was there another one from Fashion Week that you loved? Tell us about it!
  • Trend Report: Paris Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    This week is the last for Fall Fashion Week, and we saw a few favorites and new head-turners as the event comes to a close! Trendy jackets and flowing garments were prime pieces of the show for Paris designers, and we had to share them here! Kimono-style Jackets With loose sleeves and a cinched waist, kimono-style jackets have been popping up in plenty of designers’ lines. Kimono collars are perfect for when you want to make your neck look long and elegant, and the patterns and fabrics often used to make these types of jackets are never less than stunning.
    Paule Ka | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Paule Ka | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    From smooth satins to glimmering prints, kimono jackets are a wonderful addition to any ensemble or wardrobe.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      If you’re thinking of making your own kimono jacket, check some of these fabrics to get inspired:  

    Wide Sleeves

    Big sleeves are always a comfortable fit, and their draped look flows beautifully. Graceful looks like these were sprinkled through many of the line-ups.
    Chloe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chloe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Wide sleeves are nice, because they can help make you look and feel elegant. They can be made from all different fabrics, too.
    Stella McCartney | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Stella McCartney | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Need some ideas for making tops like these? Try these:

    Leather Jackets

    Straight-cut, embellished, or studded, leathers were a familiar and glamorous appearance for the show. Many leather fashions are still sporting motorcycle and bomber jackets, so if you haven’t grabbed one for yourself yet, there’s still time!
    Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Leather is great with both suave and edgy styles, so they look good on practically anyone.
    Redemption | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Redemption | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Looking to make a leather jacket? Consider some of these fabrics (pleather is an option, too!):  

    Flowing Skirts

    Big, flowing skirts popped up in the beginning of the season, and they’re still going pretty strong. Now being paired with fitted tops like these, they lean more to the side of sophisticated than comfy like their early season counterparts.
    Talbot Runhof | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Talbot Runhof | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    With a more business casual attire, these skirts can look very sleek.
    Y's Yohji Yamamoto | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Y's Yohji Yamamoto | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Fabrics with good drapes like these would be perfect for a flowing skirt: What were you favorite designs from Paris Fashion Week? Do you have any plans for new sewing projects that were inspired by the trend reports?  
  • Trend Report: Milan Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    Milan Fashion Week for Fall 2016 had a lot of trends we’ve seen in previous weeks strutting down the walkway, from over-sized sleeves and color blocking to ruffles and plisse, but this week’s showcase still stepped out strong with a few new trends.

    Box-Pleated Skirts

    Box-pleated skirts were common on the runway this week. Often related with uniforms, these types of pleats live up to their reputation to show off a refined, sharp shape to your silhouette, and the little flare they bring can be quite flattering.
    Fay | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fay | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    From longer to shorter skirts, box pleats are a great tool to have in your arsenal of ensembles!
    Neil Barrett | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Neil Barrett | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Looking to make some box pleats of your own? Try out a fabric that will hold the shape well, like these:  

    70's Inspired

    Sharp and bold, 70's inspired styles were hot this week. Broad collars like this trend sports accentuate necklines and shoulders, and careful top-stitching outline your garment shapes for the perfect subtle touch.
    Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Color-blocking with bright and thick fabrics is another popular trick when wearing 70's fashion.
    Prada | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Stay warm and fresh with style with fabrics like these to pull off an amazing 70's look:
    Rasberry Double Faced Cotton Serge Twill Raspberry Double Faced Cotton Serge Twill

     Muted Floral Prints

    And even though spring is still a ways away, the Milan show still had plenty of designers playing with floral prints. Putting a fall spin on florals with more subdued colors and designs was the key, and we can still get the chilly image of an autumn afternoon from looking at these garments.
    La Perla | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear La Perla | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Flowers might hibernate in the winter, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to!
    Moschino | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Moschino | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Try out some of these softer floral designs for your next project:   Are there any other types of fabrics you think might look good for these styles? Who or what are you looking forward to seeing in Paris' fashion week? Share your thoughts with us!  
  • Faux Suede Skirt

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    Faux Suede Skirt

    Fall runways have been loaded with garments and fabrics of faux suede, and seeing as I loved the fabric even before its shine in the spotlight, I wanted to take the chance to make a suede skirt—another popular item on the runway—for the coming season. Faux suede is a great fabric choice because of its soft texture, and the suede I used to make my skirt has a nice stretch that’s both form-fitting and comfortable to wear. I’ve always loved the visual appeal of suede, too; like velvet, it adds visual texture to an ensemble, and I love that. You can see the texture without having to feel it (though I’d be lying if I claimed I’ve never compulsively touched suede just to feel how soft it is!) Fabrics like this draw the eye, and it comes in a number of colors, too, making it a powerful fabric tool. The skirt is decorated with a few buttons, top-stitching with orange thread, and the front is closed with a slot seam. This skirt design is incredibly simple, just a few pieces—4 in total—and I made them from easy shapes you can draw out with a yard stick and pencil. I’ve provided an image to help you visualize what they looked like (I apologize that the shapes aren’t drawn exactly to scale, but so long as you get the idea!):  
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    Four pieces and a yard of fabric. Easy, right? Make sure to fit the pieces in the direction shown in the picture, and you need FOUR CUTS for PIECE 2, so turn the piece 180 degrees if you need to in order to fit it in. The skirt falls just below my waist and the measurements I provided are to fit my size (I’m a 30” waist), so adjust accordingly for your own fit! I’m not going to go into a super in-depth tutorial for this skirt, but I hope the design won’t be too hard to figure out!

    Material List

    -        About 1 YD Black UV Protective Stretch Ultra Suede (#311396) -        3 QTY Copper/Orange Rhinestoned Metal Shank Back Button (#14805) -        474 Curry 100M Gutermann Sew All Thread (#100301) -        10 Black 100M Guterman Sew All Thread (#100246) -        1 QTY 580 Black 9” Invisible Zipper (#INV9-850) -        Pins -        Hand-sewing Needle -        Sewing Machine -        Scissors -        Tailor’s Chalk (for marking where your buttons will go before sewing them down) -        Pencil (for Patter Drawing) -        Pattern Paper (for Patter Drawing) This is the list of materials that I used. I used about a full yard of the faux suede fabric that I picked, but you may need more or less depending on the size you’re fitting the garment to. Judge the amount you need based off how long your skirt panels need to be (remember that there are 36 inches in one yard of fabric). After you’ve drafted your paper pattern and have cut out your fabric pattern pieces, you should have PIECE 1 (x2), PIECE 2 (x4), PIECE 3 ,(x2) and PIECE 4 (x1). I installed my zipper on the right side at the top, so between one PIECE 2 panel and one PIECE 3 panel. Pin all of them together like this and start sewing them together! NOTE: The two panels of PIECES 1 are sewn together using a slot seam! If you're not sure how to install a slot seam, click here to see what it looks like!

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    For my skirt design, I decided to hide the second part of the slot seam on the UNDERSIDE, like in the photo below. This is purely a stylistic choice--you can top-stitch it if you'd like!

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    After sewing them all together, I top-stitched with the orange thread. Top-stitching is a great way to add a dash of color to a garment, and I love using it whenever I can. It looks great so long as you work carefully and remain patient. This is honestly the longest step in the process to make the skirt, but you should do it. It removes the need for a lining and helps to stabilize the seam allowances on the wrong side of the skirt.

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    After top-stitching, you need to do a single-fold hem along the top of the skirt. DO THIS BEFORE INSTALLING YOUR ZIPPER! You won’t want a raw edge to show at the top of your skirt, so we’re doing this to prepare to hide it! Like so:

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    After hemming the top, install your zipper. If you don’t know how to install a zipper, click here to read our tutorial on how! Remember to line the very top of the zipper—not the teeth, the extra flaps—up with the top of the skirt.

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    After installing your zipper, you can go ahead and close up the skirt, right sides together. Make sure to sew flat along the bottom of the zipper to lock it in. You can also go ahead and top-stitch down along the sides of the zipper and down the seam you just closed the skirt up with. If the top of your skirt is too wide for your waist, add a dart in the middle of the back panel.

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    After that, roll the top hem again and top stitch down. Do the same on the bottom of the skirt

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    The last step is to hand-sew the buttons onto the front. Make sure to line your buttons up nicely where you want them to lay and use a piece of tailor’s chalk to mark where you’d like them to go before you sew them down. This’ll help prevent off-center buttons!

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    And that’s about it! Easy!   Can you think of other garments or accessories you’d like in a suede fabric? Do you have a favorite piece in a suede? Tell us all about it!
  • Trend Report: London Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    London Fashion Week is coming to a close, and we can't be more in love with the trends we saw strutting down the runway. With NYFW being a difficult act to follow, London designers stepped up to bring some amazing looks - from ombre gowns and billowing sleeves to chic jackets and bold colors, this week had something for everyone.

    1. Wide Leg Pants

    The last few seasons have seen a lot of 70s inspired garments, and the SS17 collections were no different. This time wide leg pants seemed to be a favorite, both cropped and extra long! If you're looking to make your own, a brocade or suiting would be great for some ankle-length trousers, while a draping crepe could do wonders as a long, flowing pair of pants.
    Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Roksanda | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roksanda | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    2. Enormous Sleeves

    Some designers have been throwing things back far past the 70's. Victorian silhouettes have been popping up pretty often on recent runways, particularly when it comes to sleeves. The best thing about the puff sleeve trend is that they're coming in all shapes and sizes - bishop, bell, leg of mutton, poet, princess, all of them have been seen throughout the SS17 shows. Plus, they can be made out of so many different fabric types, so there's nothing stopping you from trying some out! Want huge volume? Try an organza or brocade. Looking for flow? Crepes, crepe de chines, and chiffons will do great! Or try out a basic cotton shirting for a flawlessly crisp design.
    Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    3. Mesh Overlays

    Netting layers were not something we thought we needed before this week, but after seeing how they can add interesting shapes and volume to a garment, we're totally hooked. Mesh was seen as sleeves, crop tops, shift dresses, and even as jackets!
    Marques’ Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques’ Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    J. JS Lee | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear J. JS Lee | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    4. Off the Shoulder

    We saw this trend all over the place this past spring, but this season it's evolving! Last year it manifested itself in blouses and crop tops, but recently it's been all over gowns. Satins, crepes, chiffons - think anything drapey for these designs. Or, if you'd like to mix this trends with the puff sleeve look, you can try something with more structure - maybe a neoprene!
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    David Koma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear David Koma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    5.Exaggerated Proportions

    Huge sweaters and slouchy boyfriend jeans have always been go-to comfort clothes, but this year designers are giving those steady faves a high fashion twist. Structural neoprene coats, extra long sleeves, t-shirts that can double as dresses - this SS17 runway season has seen them all. Certainly it's not a trend for everyone, but if they're style correctly over-sized garments can look terrific.
    MM6 Maison Margiela | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear MM6 Maison Margiela | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Joseph | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Joseph | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    6. Moto Jackets

    I. Love. Jackets. Particularly moto jackets. This is a trend that can incorporate so many others - make them oversized and made with knit, make them metallic, or make them bright blue! There are so many different ways to create, wear and style these awesome pieces; and I especially love the zip off feature on the jackets by Belstaff. Keep them long or crop them depending on your day-to-day style. Gotta make myself one!
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Marques' Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques' Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    7. Ruffles

    Ruffles seem to be a favorite every season at this point, but designers are still finding ways to make them new and unique. Erdem sewed them into panel seams to create dynamic lines across their garments and the result is utterly beautiful. I can easily see the technique being adapted into streetwear skirts or even crop tops!
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Daks | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Daks | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    8. Ombre

    Ombre is another trend that has been going strong for quite a white, and honestly I can't complain! We've all seen the beautiful gradient gowns done by Marchesa, but LFW dealt with ombre a little differently. Simple shirt dresses popped on Temperley London's stage with airy, pastel  color schemes, while Antonio Berardi changed the game with an ombre suit! This look has to be one of my favorites from the week - each piece would look equally fabulous on its own as well as all together.
    Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    9. Gathered Waists

    It's no secret that a tight waist with a flared skirt looks flattering on most body types. Designers seemed to keep this in mind as smocked dresses, empire waists and paper bag jogger pants popped up throughout London Fashion Week! Recreate the looks with chiffon, batiste, or maybe even a thick knit if you're going the casual pant route.
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    10. Bold Color

    Last, but not least, color! The 80's are alive and they're bringing with them an onslaught of vibrant hues. A big trend for next spring seems to be entire outfits in a single matching color, which certainly makes accessorizing easy!
    Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mulberry | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mulberry | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Natasha Zinko | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Natasha Zinko | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Topshop Unique | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Topshop Unique | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    So which trends are your favorite from London Fashion Week? Are you going to be making anything similar to these looks? Tell us below!

  • Trend Report: New York Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    Eager to see a sneak peek of what's coming for Spring 2017? New York Fashion Week's got you covered. We have some new trends showing up as well as a few carrying over from the fall lineup, from graphic prints to daringly low collars, making for a refreshing yet familiar new style to kick off the next year with. Controlled Exposure 
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    A common trend among the highlighted designers was the use of controlled exposure with bare midriffs, shoulders, and centers. If you're a fan of this look, make room for crop tops and take advantage of your bomber and motor jackets from the Fall 2016 trends to match together this look.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Better for the warmer temperatures that come with spring, this dance with empty space focuses attention and accentuate the pieces of your ensemble, and it's important to utilize a fabric that will stand out well against your skin like a bright color or pattern. For creating the looks picture above, consider these fabrics: Graphic Prints and Color Blocking 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Fan of the iconic look? Graphic-printed pieces made big statements on the catwalk with their loud colors and combinations. Color-blocking brought out a great contrast against them, too, and the smooth, saturated colors were show-stopping.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Styles like this are always fun to work with. Solid colors can energize you when you look in the mirror, and a strong graphic can give off the message of your look from a mile away. For looks like these, consider such fabrics as:   Purple and Orange Duo 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY| Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Following their debut in fall, orange and purple palettes are still in full swing on the runway for Spring 2017. Their contrast is still attractive, a mix of warm and cool, and they're here to stay.
    Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    From florals to solids, this color combo is fairly versatile. Don't be afraid to mix and match! Try styling any of these fabrics into your wardrobe for this look: Orange... And Purple... Oversized Sleeves 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Another return from Fall 2016, over-sized sleeves were generously sprinkled throughout the designer showcases. Good with both light- and heavy-weight fabrics, over-sized sleeves are a perfect transitional style for the weather changing between fall and spring.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    You can also take advantage of their design to work volume into your ensemble's silhouette (like DKNY's style above!). Heavier fabrics like these can help you achieve this weighted looked:     Off-the-Shoulder 
    Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    How classy! Straight-edged and low-cut, many designers showed off their shoulders with exposing styles much like the midriff and center-exposed styles. You could lump them all together into one category, but each type of exposure got so much individual focus, it could be considered a crime not to give them each a spotlight of their own.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Exposed shoulders have always had a place on the style board for their elegant and sophisticated images. Draped or fitted, this style is beautiful in its own way. Many types of fabrics work will for this look, but if you need some inspiration, start with these: Low-cut Necklines
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Low-cut and square collars and necklines adorned many of the models at the show. Appealing for it's focus on the collarbone and shoulders, square neckline pieces can be flattering, giving the appearance of a wider torso and slimmer waistline.
    Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Like in the pictures above, accenting the actual edge of the neckline can be very powerful for your ensemble. Using fabrics with patterns or colors that contrast the rest of the piece can achieve this! Consider fabrics like this to get this look:   70s/80s Influences 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    With bright colors and bold lines, a lot of styles carried the influence of the 70s and 80s on the runway for this season's show.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    This style is a great excuse to wear flashy fabrics and patterns. The point is to really stand out, so don't be shy! Loud and bright fabrics like these are great for creating these looks:   Activewear
    J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Lots of the Spring 2017 designs sported eyelet fabrics and mesh for a nice, breathable style. Ranging in color and pattern, this style is forgiving in that you can mix and match different visual textures and shapes without sacrificing a clean look overall.
    Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics:   Cut-Out Fabrics
    Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    The last trend to highlight is cut-out styles! This style is more for visual focus than anything else, as their design draws the eye by playing with absence and empty space.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Cut-out style looks best with fabrics that can provide clean, bold lines. The appeal is the clean cut, so make sure to work that into your design! Fabrics like these would be great options:
  • Trend Report: Fall 2016 Office Fashion and Styles

    Fall is my favorite season, and one of the biggest reasons is my love for the fashion transition that comes with it. Being away from fall and winter styles for so long can really make you miss them, which is why I always find myself getting creative and inspired even though the cooler temperatures are settling in. With that said, the runway was all about practicality for the Fall 2016 season, and I couldn't be happier. Layers, fur, and bulk were big hits, so don't be afraid to style oversized this fall! Keep warm and keep fabulous. Here are a few of the trends that are lighting up the runway for Fall 2016! Long Winter Coats
    Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    I think it's safe to say that dusters and long winter coats never really go out of style, but it's nice to give them a spotlight of their own! Designers displayed these designs in an array of colors, ranging from bright pinks and teals to mature reds and neutrals like tan and navies.
    Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Coats like this are great for city commutes, especially if you have to walk in windy areas, and they give your look super classy appeal. A true basic item that can compliment anything,  especially when topped off with a nice fringe of faux fur to keep the extremities warm! If you're looking to make a long winter coat of your own, we'd recommend these kinds of fabrics!   High-Collared Shirts and Dresses
    Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Something many people struggle with in the coming of the colder seasons is the transition of temperature itself, especially in the office. A warm morning coffee or tea doesn't always do the trick, so if you get chills easily, you may want to consider high-collared shirts and dresses!
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chic and comforting, high collars keep your neck warm and help you look professional in your business setting whether you have a knit sweater or a fitted top with a zipper. Consider some of these fabrics if you're looking for a fresh high-collar design!
    Wine Silk Satin Face Organza
    Wine Silk Satin Face Organza
    Lots of Layers
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Layering is another option that was highlighted on the runway for this season. This fashion method is a great way to incorporate multiple colors and pieces without having to sacrifice keeping warm, and it gives you a lot of wiggle room for mixing and matching style choices.
    Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The key is wearing multiple pieces made with lighter fabrics, like pairing a blouse with a light cardigan or button up sweater. Lighter fabrics like these would work well for this style!   Wide Pant Legs
    Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Wide-legged suit pants are a must for office-wear and styles. They pair great with flats or a heeled boot, and the flared up the length of the leg is extremely flattering.
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If gives a great shape to your legs, and the wider cut can help protect your legs from the cold and let them breathe, too. Fitted tops go well with wide-legged pants, but a shirt with bell sleeves or a little more volume can look nice, too! Consider these kinds of fabrics when making a pair of wide-legged suit pants:   Faux Fur Coats
    Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Was this one obvious? Fur and faux furs coats are just too rooted in trending history to go out of style. The runway's lineup had some gorgeous coats to display, some a little more abstract and others sporting a modest look. You might think they wouldn't fit well for your office setting, but you might be pleasantly surprised!
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A fur coat in a neutral palette can look very sophisticated and reserved. You don't have to worry about looking eccentric with coats like these, and really, who can blame you for wearing one when the temperatures start to dip? You can be cold and beautiful. Some of the fur fabrics we recommend include:   Turtlenecks under Dresses/Jumpers
    Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Another great example of using layering, wearing a turtleneck shirt under a jumper or dress helps keep you looking and feeling good. It's a style that focuses more on practicality rather than style, but some of the match-ups on the runway were stunning by their own mark!
    Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you're interested in this look for the upcoming fall season, consider taking advantage of the fall and winter color schemes that are hot and trending right now! Here are some fabrics we'd like to recommend:   Turtleneck, Skirt, and Tights
    Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Another turtleneck fashion! Can you sense the pattern here? The combination of turtlenecks, oversized sweaters, and long skirts showed up throughout the runway lineup. While this style may be more reserved and modest, the aim isn't for flattering a certain shape or figure. Comfort is the key!
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Such a warm and soft style has its own type of elegance to it. Don't knock it before you try it! If you prefer to accessorize this style to be more form-fitting, pair your huge sweater with a wide belt around the waist like in the Hermès design above! Consider some of these fabrics in order to bring this look together: For Turtlenecks... For Skirts... For Tights:...   Navy instead of Black
    Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Is navy the new black? Well, sort of! Black will always have its spotlight as the eternal neutral in the fashion world, but sometimes it needs a break. Going to black all the time can get tiring, so if you're looking for a way to spice up a neutral day, go for navy. Just try it once!
    Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of designers' styles showcased navy ensembles in the fall shows. A true blue to the aesthetic of winter, it also contrasts well with warmer tones of orange. It's a great alternative if you want a little bit of change during the week. Here are some navy-colored fabrics that could be fun to work with!   Jogger Pants and Ankle-Length Pants with Heels
    J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    And last, but not least, we have two other cut-styles of pants to discuss! Ankle-length pants and jogger pants. I know I keep mentioning the cooler temperatures moving in, but it's not snowing just yet! Take advantage of this drier, mild weather to keep your legs warm while still showing off your favorite pair of booties or heels!
    Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Since both of these styles cut off around the ankle, attention is drawn to your feet in the overall look, giving you the perfect chance to make your footwear your statement piece. And yes, wearing heels with jogger pants is acceptable right now. The style contrast is a huge trend! So don't be shy--clash your styles! If you're interested in making a pair of ankle-length pants for yourself, consider these fabrics:   And for jogger pants: What do you think about this Fall's fashion trend line-up? Are you more into dressing with show-stopping statements as the priority, or does this wave of practical fashion suit your tastes more? Save Save Save Save
  • Mood DIY: How to Make a Velvet Ribbon Choker Necklace

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    Need a cute and quick idea for a gift? This DIY can help! Choker necklaces are great gifts, and they can be made with any trim. Plus, you can easily add your own touch to them to make them especially unique for yourself or your giftee!

    On the Runway, chokers have made a comeback this season, too.

    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Designers like Oscar de la Renta and Louis Vuitton sported high-energy styles with bright metals and shining leathers. Chokers are so versatile; they really do look good no matter what they're made with.

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    In addition, choker necklaces are super easy and flexible to make. You can use trims with or without elastic so long as you use a closure for it, and so they can be made for any size wearer.

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    The types of trims we decided to use will be listed below. The amount of trim you need should be determined by measuring the circumference of where you want it to sit on your neck.

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    Make sure when you measure it that it fits comfortably; do not make it tight! When you breathe, your throat expands a little, and so it’s important to put a little breathing room into your necklace design. The trim should fit snuggly around your neck, but you need to be able to fit at least one finger underneath the trim easily, or two fingers underneath the trim snuggly.

    Once you’ve measured, add an extra inch and cut the trim. You can add any extra things like lace or other embellishments like beading here.

    Next, fold the edges underneath about half an inch so that the ends look smooth, and using a hand sewing needle, sew one half of a hook-and-eye closure onto each end. It’s important to check that the hook-and-eyes line up!

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    If you make a thicker necklace like this one, use two hook-and-eye closures to make sure the necklace stays on securely.

    After that, you have the option of using some hot glue to help reinforce the hook-and-eyes and the ends. I used hot glue on the ends I folded over to keep them from rising up.

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    And that’s it; you’re all done!

    Here’s a list of the items that we used:

    Hand Sewing Needle Black 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread Black Double Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 0.5" Navy Stretch Velvet with Sheer Gathered Trim (0.75 yards) Wine Velvet and Lace Trimming (0.75 yards) 1.5" Teal Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Venise Lace Trim (0.75 yards) Gold Aluminum Metal Chain (0.75 yards) 20 mm Pearl Plastic Pendant Dritz Size 1 Nickel Hook & Eyes

    Have you ever thought about wearing choker necklaces before? What kinds of trims do you think would look nice in a style like this?

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