Scout Bloghttp://scout.com.au/Blog/feedLatest news from Scoututf-8en-us1499868000Future Bčro CMS RSS Generator v1.0http://scout.com.au/img/site/logo_scout.gif16036Scout BlogNews from Lana Del Reyhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/News-from-Lana-Del-Reyhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/News-from-Lana-Del-Rey<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001942/article_image/5967309c94e57.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><p> One of SCOUT&rsquo;s faves Lana Del Rey just dropped two more songs from her new album<strong> Lust for Life</strong>, that arrives on July 21st. Both &rdquo;Groupie Love&rdquo; and &ldquo;Summer Bummer&rdquo; features A$AP Rocky, showing that hip-hop vibes are one of the touches for her new work.&nbsp;</p> <p> It goes without saying that we can&#39;t wait to listen to the complete album on the 21st of July. It&#39;s always good to follow up on pop music celebrities who will influence fashion in a way or another. In the meantime, let&rsquo;s have a look at the last W Magazine issue released last week, who brought a beautiful fashion photo shoot with the artist, photographed by Steven Klein. The new tracks are available on Spotify, but you can also have a sneak pick by clicking <a href="http://lanadelrey.com/releases/groupie-love-ft-aap-rocky/">here</a>. Have a good listening!</p> 2017-07-13 00:00:00Dries - Dries Van Noten documentaryhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/Dries---Dries-Van-Noten-documentaryhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/Dries---Dries-Van-Noten-documentary<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001941/article_image/5963049085c74.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><p> Dries is the documentary by Reiner Holzemer in which the Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to register his life and his creative process for the first time. The film shows a little bit of the life, mind and heart of a designer who has remained true to himself in an age of fashion globalisation.</p> <p> On the trailer linked below, you will hear the designer saying &ldquo;The word &lsquo;fashion&rsquo; I don&rsquo;t like because fashion means something which is over after 6 months. I would like to find a word which is more timeless&rdquo;. This pretty much sums the emblematic original work of the designer, whose fashion shows have become one of the must-sees at Paris Fashion Week.</p> <p> Fashionists wouldn&#39;t want to miss out this film. Australians had the chance to watch &ldquo;Dries&rdquo; on Sydney Film Festival and if you are in France or in Netherlands you can look forward to the film to be screened soon. The Dries film will be available from July 17th on demand (Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.driesfilm.com/watchondemand">here</a>&nbsp;for more information).</p> <p> Until then, have a sneak pick on the official <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Sqe2DKAFo">trailer</a>.</p> <p> Images courtesy of www.driesfilm.com</p>2017-07-10 00:00:00SCOUT at Whitespace 2017http://scout.com.au/Blog/SCOUT-at-Whitespace-2017http://scout.com.au/Blog/SCOUT-at-Whitespace-2017<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001940/article_image/5955e354bb96d.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><p> Great news: an amazing event is coming and <strong>SCOUT</strong> is going to be part of it. <strong>Tony Bannister</strong>, SCOUT&rsquo;s creative director is one of the speakers invited to take part at <a href="http://esptrendlab.com/corporate/whitespace/"><strong>The Provocateurs - Whitespace 2017</strong></a>, a global Design conference held by ESP Trendlab.&nbsp;</p> <p> New perspectives are going to be the focal point of Tony&rsquo;s speech. With the world in turmoil and the future hard to define, new ways of thinking, adapting and responding will deliver new solutions and concepts, challenging us like never before. How we adapt and integrate change is as much about who we are, as to what we want in life. A new generation wants to tear down walls, challenge the norm and shake things up. The result: alternative ways of thinking and new design solutions emerging that lead us to a Brave New World.</p> <p> Other great talks will be happening at the event. Big names as Ageist, A+A Design Studio, Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies, D.Chipher, 20/2- Vision, John Lobell, THJS Home and Marisel Salazar are also going to be there. The conference will take place in <strong>New York City</strong>, on <strong>July 20th from </strong><strong>9am</strong><strong> to </strong><strong>5pm</strong>. What are you waiting for? RSVP now: lsmecker@esptrendlab.com, ph 212.629.9200.</p> 2017-06-30 00:00:00SS18 Menswear Trends Confirmationhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/SS18-Menswear-Trends-Confirmationhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/SS18-Menswear-Trends-Confirmation<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001938/article_image/594b27e96d95f.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><p> European fashion weeks are almost over and we can already identify some key looks that confirm SCOUT&rsquo;s forecasting for this season. Menswear trend books were released last March, and we can see most of our visions embodied in some key designers work.</p> <p> On Prada&rsquo;s catwalk, the subtle contrasts between retro and contemporary were shown with a big touch of sportswear. This mood is very much aligned with our blue trend BLURRED LINES, in which there is a mix between city and beach, smart and casual, all with a sharp edge. The blue outfits and stripes were also highlighted and not just in Prada&#39;s&nbsp;but on other shows such as in Lemaire and E.Tautz collections.</p> <p> Latest Balenciaga show, featuring the hyped designer Demna Gvasalia, brought to the runway oversized shapes in a very utilitarian style, which we have predicted in our CONSTRUCTIVIST trend. The show was all about logic, function, and experimentalism.</p> <p> Looking through another side of Balenciaga collection, there is an influence of 90&#39;s sportswear and also a rebellious attitude, that were referenced in our REBEL YOUTH concept. Liam Hodges has also presented the rebellious character through deconstructed denim and energetic printed messages in an exciting youth-driven path.</p> <p> Lastly, Craig Green brought the global nomad look in a very fresh way, full of vivid colours and geometric textures. This life on the road can be pictured on the trend story DESCENDENTS.</p> <p> Great to see ideas getting out of the paper!</p> 2017-06-22 00:00:00Designers on the Spot at Pitti Uomohttp://scout.com.au/Blog/Designers-on-the-Spot-at-Pitti-Uomohttp://scout.com.au/Blog/Designers-on-the-Spot-at-Pitti-Uomo<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001929/article_image/5943956413330.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><p> More exciting surprises at Pitti Uomo, where two outstanding designers drew all the attentions on the last few days: JW Anderson and OFF-White, featuring the multi-talented designer Virgil Abloh. For the first time showing at Florence, both labels carry the contemporary touch and knowledge of youth culture in their DNA; JW Anderson in a more artistic way and Off-white in a bold streetwear style.</p> <p> We&rsquo;ve already talked here about changes in Fashion and if we look closely this is another indication of how the fashion scenario is changing. Once more, the boundaries between High Fashion and Streetwear seems to be blurred, with two contemporary aesthetics such as JW Anderson and Off-White being shown in a traditional platform like Pitti Uomo. Looking forward to seeing the next chapters of this new age in Fashion.</p> <p> All photos courtesy of Pitti Immagine.</p> 2017-06-16 00:00:00Aussie Design at PITTI UOMO n.92http://scout.com.au/Blog/Aussie-Design-at-PITTI-UOMO-n-92http://scout.com.au/Blog/Aussie-Design-at-PITTI-UOMO-n-92<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001928/article_image/59425059c3bec.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><p> It was exciting being able to see the work of Australian designers being presented in Florence on PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO n.92. Eight of Australia&rsquo;s new talents were selected in collaboration with the Australian Fashion Chamber to showcase their collections on the &ldquo;Guest Nation&rdquo;. This is a special project presented by the Fondazione Pitti Imagine Discovery and The Woolmark Company, and it is the first time that a project of this entity has brought Australian designers to an international fashion event.</p> <p> Chris Ran Lin, Commas, Double Rainbouu, Exinfinitas, Sener Besim, Strateas.Carlucci, P.E Nation and&nbsp;Ten Pieces were the promising names showing their Spring Summer collections. For their creations, they were required to utilize Australian Merino wool, highlighting the benefits of this versatile Australian-made material that fits all climates.</p> <p> Another great Aussie surprise showing at Pitti is one of SCOUT&rsquo;s favorite brands, Sartre Footwear. Based in Hong Kong, Sartre&rsquo;s vision is to mix refined shoe making traditions with edgy innovations of the industries.&nbsp;</p> <p> Check out the faces of the newcomers!</p> <p> All pictures courtesy of Pitti Immagine.</p> 2017-06-15 00:00:00Vetements Steps Off the Runwayshttp://scout.com.au/Blog/Vetement-Steps-Out-the-Runwayshttp://scout.com.au/Blog/Vetement-Steps-Out-the-Runways<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001927/article_image/593a531ae63a1.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><p> The fashion industry is still shaken since the changes that happened the last few seasons. Big labels showing men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s together at the same catwalk and the growth of trends such as &ldquo;see now, buy now&rdquo; are some of the marks of this new era in Fashion. The announcement that Vetements is quitting the runways brought this discussion to life again.</p> <p> Vetements&rsquo; leader, Demna Gvasalia spoke in recent interviews that the brand will no longer show in the classical system anymore, saying also that fashion needs a new chapter. He also stated that the brand will only show something when there is the need for it.</p> <p> This declaration makes the fashion world restless but above all excited. The atmosphere of change lets the industry and the market curious for what&rsquo;s coming. Here at Scout we are following all the new moves and looking forward to seeing this brave new Fashion.</p> 2017-06-09 00:00:00TOP 3 SHOWS of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australiahttp://scout.com.au/Blog/TOP-3-SHOWS-of-Mercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week-Australiahttp://scout.com.au/Blog/TOP-3-SHOWS-of-Mercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week-Australia<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001922/article_image/592bb369941d7.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><p style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 0in; direction: ltr; unicode-bidi: embed; word-break: normal;"> <font color="#000000" face="Calibri"><span style="font-size: 18.6667px;">MBFW Australia is over now and we wouldn&rsquo;t let it pass without pointing out the 3 designers that &nbsp;caught our eye here at Scout.</span></font></p> <p style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 0in; direction: ltr; unicode-bidi: embed; word-break: normal;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 0in; direction: ltr; unicode-bidi: embed; word-break: normal;"> <font color="#000000" face="Calibri"><span style="font-size: 18.6667px;">Dion Lee opened the fashion week showing at Opera House, with a gender-neutral collection that &nbsp;brought an effortless sophistication through fluid fabrics. When it comes to the new designers, Yousef Akbar came as a great surprise, showing his rich and sexy colour-contrasting collection through the mix of textures like sequin surfaces and silk. Last but not least, Ginger and Smart has connected Art and Fashion through fun colourful patterns on a playful touch, keeping an eye on a confident contemporary woman.</span></font></p> <p style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 0in; direction: ltr; unicode-bidi: embed; word-break: normal;"> <font color="#000000" face="Calibri"><span style="font-size: 18.6667px;"><br /> </span></font></p> <p style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 0in; direction: ltr; unicode-bidi: embed; word-break: normal;"> <font color="#000000" face="Calibri"><span style="font-size: 18.6667px;">Images: The Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald, Huffpost, Yousef Akbar website, Cristhian Gillian and Brendon Thorne via news.com.au</span></font></p> 2017-05-29 00:00:00Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia X Etihad X Elleryhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/Mercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week-Australia-X-Etihad-X-Elleryhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/Mercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week-Australia-X-Etihad-X-Ellery<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001921/article_image/5913e87337f3a.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> This year&rsquo;s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia will host a celebration for one of Australia&rsquo;s most influential fashion brands, Ellery, and will commemorate Etihad Airways&rsquo; 10 years of service to Australia and partnership with the global fashion industry.</div> <div> The designer Kym Ellery will host a VIP cocktail reception celebrating 10 years of showing at Australian fashion week. Ellery has positioned Australian design as one to watch, embodying the global spirit while celebrating Australian roots. After presenting regularly on the Paris Fashion Weel schedule, Ellery returns to Sydney this season to continue promoting Australia fashion and commerce.</div> <div> Etihad Airways will celebrate its 10th anniversary of service to Australia and launch it&#39;s innovative &#39;Runway to Runway&#39; program. This is a unique loyalty program planned specifically to support the fashion community&#39;s international travel requirements. Runway to Runway members are eligible to receive special airfares, airport lounge access, complimentary upgrades, priority boarding and check-in, additional checked baggage allowances, as well as preferred cargo and group travel rates when travelling for photo shoots, showing collections overseas, or conducting business in overseas markets.</div> <div> Ellery X Etihad Airways 10th anniversar celebration will take place on Wednesday 17 May at Carriageworks, by invitation only.</div> <div> While we look forward to see this celebration, let&rsquo;s take a look at latest Ellery Spring 2017 Collection and Etihad Airways &ldquo;Runway to Runway&rdquo; campaign:</div> <div> All images are courtesy of Ellery and Etihad Airways.</div> 2017-05-11 00:00:00What's new at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Australiahttp://scout.com.au/Blog/What-s-new-at-Mercedez-Benz-Fashion-Week-Australiahttp://scout.com.au/Blog/What-s-new-at-Mercedez-Benz-Fashion-Week-Australia<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001920/article_image/?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img>2017-05-10 00:00:00La La Land Costumes for Everyonehttp://scout.com.au/Blog/La-La-Land-Costumes-for-Everyone-http://scout.com.au/Blog/La-La-Land-Costumes-for-Everyone-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001917/article_image/58ec6457460c1.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> There&rsquo;s been such a buzz about<strong> La La Land&rsquo;s</strong> fabulous vintage outfits that costume designer <strong>Mary Zophres</strong> is set to give us all a taste of the film&rsquo;s romantic styling in her new collaboration with stylist collective Trunk Club.</div> <div> Enlisting the help of <strong>Zophres</strong>, <strong>Trunk Club</strong> will be curating La La Land-esque wardrobes from <strong>Nordstrom</strong> this week, gifting us graceful dresses with classic silhouettes, and perfectly paired playful accessories.&nbsp;</div> <div> Hoping to inspire men and women to incorporate fun and colourful pieces into a timeless personalised wardrobe, <strong>Zophres</strong> wants to bring <strong>La La Land</strong> to the masses. Sounds great to us!</div> <div> Photos Courtesy of <a href="http://ew.com/movies/"><strong>Entertainment Weekly</strong></a></div> 2017-04-11 00:00:00Creative Collaborations: Designer x Stylist http://scout.com.au/Blog/Creative-Collaborations--Designer-x-Stylist-http://scout.com.au/Blog/Creative-Collaborations--Designer-x-Stylist-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001916/article_image/58e45086807ff.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> Great collaborations lead to great art and Japan has always led the way, with fresh creative stylists making visions come alive for fashion designers.</div> <div> Japanese stylists have long been a secret weapon for designers and artists the world over. Bowie&rsquo;s iconic Ziggy Stardust for example, was created by designer Kansai Yamamoto and stylist <span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; color: rgb(63, 63, 63);">Yacco Takahashi in the mid 70s. Takahashi curated some of Bowie&rsquo;s famous looks, explaining that he took Yamamoto&rsquo;s designs and through a &lsquo;chemical reaction&rsquo;, he made them &lsquo;part of the message that Bowie delivered to the world&rsquo;.</span></div> <div> Throughout the 90s Japanese style really hit the mainstream and stylists like Sonya Park, who eventually founded the brand Arts &amp; Science, were instrumental in propelling labels like Tomoki Sukezane&nbsp;and <span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; color: rgb(63, 63, 63);">Hysteric Glamour into the spotlight. Her approach has inspired new generation stylists like Kyoko Fushimi, who take a collaborative approach, curating the very cool avant-garde collective &lsquo;The Happening&rsquo;.</span></div> <div> Moving into the present, a highlight from the recent Tokyo Fashion week was Bed J.W Ford&rsquo;s show, styled by Masataka Hattori. Featuring crushed velvet and layered asymmetrics, the offbeat elegance of the collection got rave reviews thanks to Hattori&rsquo;s magic touch.</div> <div> <span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63);">While designers can sometimes have a more focused and insular approach to their collections, Japanese stylists are known for their absorption of culture and integration of streetwear, music and art into creative projects. It&rsquo;s a perfect pairing of creative skills and a collaboration that&rsquo;s only set to increase as the fashion world evolves into the future.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> JG</div> 2017-04-05 00:00:00CASUAL AW18/19 Trend Forecast OUT NOW!http://scout.com.au/Blog/CASUAL-AW18/19-Trend-Forecast-OUT-NOW-http://scout.com.au/Blog/CASUAL-AW18/19-Trend-Forecast-OUT-NOW-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001915/article_image/58dddb78a470d.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> We&rsquo;ve just released our new <strong><a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Trend-Reports/AW1819-Casual-Colour-Trend">CASUAL forecast</a></strong>, featuring 7 brand new trends presented in a fully interactive 100+ page digital report.</div> <div> <span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">The tension and fusion between product categories is what&rsquo;s driving</span> <span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">and inspiring us this season - as well as the <strong>Brave New World</strong> we find ourselves living in. From <strong>Denim</strong> and <strong>Streetwear</strong> to <strong>Active Sports</strong> and <strong>Leisurewear</strong>, the blurring of seasons and climate change is having an impact</span> <span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">on how we shop and how we dress, so season-less colours, fabrics and layering is once again a key message.</span></div> <div> With <strong>Denim</strong> being an ongoing influence for so many brands, we&rsquo;ve introduced new <strong>Denim</strong> pages for <strong>AW18/19</strong>, so it&rsquo;s easy to see how each trend translates in this area. Fun and colourful, active and designed for living, our 7 Casual trends are also the perfect inspiration for <strong>Kidswear</strong> collections. We&#39;ve featured&nbsp;kids styling pages within those trends that are especially relevant to this market &amp; our fresh info on prints, graphics &amp; trims is easily translatable to the super cool 7-12 age group.&nbsp;</div> <div> Here&#39;s a preview of our Outsiders trend to get you inspired, to find out more about our new <strong>AW18/19 CASUAL</strong> trend report <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Trend-Reports/AW1819-Casual-Colour-Trend"><strong>click here.&nbsp;</strong></a></div> 2017-03-31 00:00:00Emerging Hair Trends http://scout.com.au/Blog/Emerging-Hair-Trends-http://scout.com.au/Blog/Emerging-Hair-Trends-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001912/article_image/58cf4b06d2e0c.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> Here at <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/"><strong>SCOUT</strong></a> we love watching our trends become a part of the design process across so many different creative industries. From <strong>fashion</strong> and <strong>homewares</strong> to <strong>industrial design</strong> and even&nbsp;<strong>electronics</strong>, it&rsquo;s fascinating to see so many interpretations of our trends!</div> <div> This week, <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/"><strong>SCOUT</strong></a>&rsquo;s creative director Tony Bannister is in Cairns presenting trend direction to the <strong>hairstyle innovators</strong> at <a href="http://www.redken.com.au/"><strong>Redken</strong></a>. While we&rsquo;re on the topic &ndash; we&rsquo;d like to share some of the emerging trends we&rsquo;ve been noticing on the street and across the catwalk.</div> <div> <strong>REBELLIOUS</strong></div> <div> <div> With the world being the way it is in 2017, the rising popularity of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Blog/Spirit-of-Rebellion--London-Men-s-Collections-AW17/18"><strong>everything anti-establishment</strong></a>&nbsp;is no surprise. From&nbsp;<strong>Marc Jacob</strong>&rsquo;s dredlocked models to the punk aesthetic visible throughout the recent collections, there&rsquo;s never been a better time to try out something daring.</div> </div> <div> <strong>ACTIVATED&nbsp;</strong></div> <div> The wellness revolution has definitely inspired some beautiful sleek hair ups. Creative ballet buns sweep hair away from the face for dance and yoga, while the clean &lsquo;just worked out&rsquo; wet-look has never been so popular for guys and girls alike.</div> <div> <strong>CURATED</strong></div> <div> There&rsquo;s always been creativity in hairstyling but we&rsquo;ve noticed an explosion of curated looks lately. Cherry-picking the best ideas, and rediscovering forgotten techniques, these innovators want to let their individualism shine.</div> <div> Check out some hair trend inspiration below.&nbsp;</div> <div> Special thanks to <a href="http://www.redken.com.au/">Redken</a> for hosting SCOUT.</div> <div> Photo Credits <strong><a href="http://stephenmannstudio.tumblr.com/post/50839657162/inventory-summer-2013-stylist-stephen-mann">1</a> <a href="https://au.pinterest.com/explore/acne-studios/">2</a> <a href="http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/34793/1/ravers-take-over-at-versus-versace">3</a> <a href="http://www.elle.com/beauty/hair/g28726/spring-2017-hair-trends/">4 </a><a href="http://www.elleuk.com/fashion/news/a31903/marc-jacobs-ss17-show-new-york-fashion-week/">5</a> <a href="http://www.dazeddigital.com/tag/isamaya-ffrench">6</a> <a href="https://bonneny.com/the-burberry-show-was-just-so-good">7</a> <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/g7938/paris-best-beauty-looks-spring-2017/">8</a> <a href="http://www.manetti.com/en/2016/04/21/gold-leaf-hair-a-technique-for-a-celebrity-look/">9</a> <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/g3744/beauty-trends-fall-2014-0614/">10</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thewisegirl.com/new-gallery/">11</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.allthingshair.com/en-uk/hairstyles-haircuts/new-hairstyles/london-fashion-week-2017-runway-hair/">12</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Hair-Makeup-SpringSummer-2017-Paris-Fashion-Week-42467510">13</a></strong></div> <div> JG</div> 2017-03-20 00:00:00LIFE AW18/19 Trend Forecast OUT NOW!http://scout.com.au/Blog/LIFE-AW18/19-Trend-Forecast-OUT-NOW-http://scout.com.au/Blog/LIFE-AW18/19-Trend-Forecast-OUT-NOW-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001911/article_image/58c7450dc0ac6.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> We&rsquo;re excited to announce the release of our new <a href="https://www.scout.com.au/Trend-Reports/AW1819-SCOUT-Life"><strong>AW18/19 LIFE</strong></a> forecast!</div> <div> Our <strong>LIFE</strong> book features 130+ pages of curated content, 48 new Pantone colours and 6 trend directions across KEY lifestyle and fashion categories.</div> <div> This season we were inspired by the <strong>Brave New World</strong> that&rsquo;s upon us all. Life is in constant flux: give and take, old and new, keeping up and finding equilibrium. How we adapt says as much about who we are, as what we want in life. In times of change, it&rsquo;s tempting to take enjoyment and wellbeing for granted. But with so much noise and so many choices vying for our time and attention, it&rsquo;s important not to forget the basic pleasures of life. Where are we headed? How do we enjoy the simple things while embracing technology and the future?</div> <div> In times of transformation and of economic and political uncertainty, the need for calm spaces and familiar surroundings becomes evermore important. At the same time, a new generation is tearing down walls and challenging the norms. We cannot afford to be complacent: alternative ways of thinking and design solutions will bring to the fore exciting products and materials. What&rsquo;s needed is a positive attitude and inventive solutions. Design and technology needs to work in synergy, without losing a sense of humanity.</div> <div> The <strong>LIFE</strong> book is intend to inspire those those working across categories like HOME + RETAIL INTERIORS / FOOD / PACKAGING + WRAPPING / SOFT FURNISHINGS / LIFESTYLE + PERSON / PRODUCTS + OBJECTS / HOMEWARES / PRINTS + PATTERNS / FASHION</div> <div> New for AW18/19: DETAILS + TRIMS PAGES / MORE FASHION DIRECTION / IMPROVED QUALITY PAPER&nbsp;</div> <div> Here&rsquo;s a preview of our <strong>Techno-Craft </strong>Trend to get you inspired&nbsp; - for more information on the <strong>LIFE </strong>book, please <a href="https://www.scout.com.au/Trend-Reports/AW1819-SCOUT-Life"><strong>click here</strong></a>.</div> 2017-03-14 00:00:00MEN'S AW18/19 Trend Forecast OUT NOW!http://scout.com.au/Blog/MEN-S-AW18/19-Colour---Trend-OUT-NOWhttp://scout.com.au/Blog/MEN-S-AW18/19-Colour---Trend-OUT-NOW<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001910/article_image/58c5e6fbd26a4.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> We&#39;ve been hard at work on our new <b>Men&rsquo;s&nbsp;AW18/19 Colour + Trend </b>forecast and we&#39;re excited to announce it&#39;s available now!</div> <div> We have 48 new colours + 6 brand new stories to inspire and work from, each with a particular market and lifestyle in mind.</div> <div> The tension between vintage and modern, old and new, volume or skinny, pale or dark is what&rsquo;s challenging and inspiring us, and just as we&rsquo;ve previously identified, the blurring of seasons and climate change is having an impact on how we shop and how we dress, so season-less colours, fabrics and layering is once again a key message. It&rsquo;s all about choices and what&rsquo;s right for you.</div> <div> In <b>AW18/19 MEN</b>,&nbsp;<a href="http://scout.cmail19.com/t/r-i-yulkiuik-l-d/"><b>SCOUT</b></a> navigates between the norm and the unexpected, illustrating how the <strong>Brave New World</strong> is influencing the ways in which we live, imagine and style ourselves.&nbsp;</div> <div> Here&#39;s a preview of our Journal mood board to get you inspired - for more information on the MEN&#39;S Book please <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Blog/MEN-S-AW18/19-Colour---Trend-OUT-NOW"><strong>click here</strong></a>.&nbsp;</div> 2017-03-13 00:00:00Pushing Boundaries http://scout.com.au/Blog/Pushing-Boundaries-http://scout.com.au/Blog/Pushing-Boundaries-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001909/article_image/58be0153dbc62.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> It&rsquo;s been brewing for a few years, but the sudden explosion of protest across the <strong>AW17/18 Collections</strong> is something unprecedented. Protest against social norms and political events have inspired some fabulous shows.</div> <div> While fashion weeks have traditionally been split by gender, we&rsquo;ve seen more men than ever in the recent women&rsquo;s shows. <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Blog/Burberry-To-Now-Produce-Two----Season-less----Shows-Per-Year-"><strong>Burberry</strong></a> led the way, making the deliberate decision to show both genders together while <strong>Gucci</strong> has plans to do the same &ndash; where <strong>Gucci</strong> goes, others follow. The shift to mixed gender shows questions the boxes we&rsquo;re placed in, also opening up all sorts of new androgynous looks to play with.</div> <div> Pushing the boundaries of beauty has been a major trend for models this season too &ndash; diversity is suddenly very cool. <strong>Simone Rocha</strong>&nbsp;enlisted<span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"> <strong>Benedetta Barzini</strong>, </span>a model in her 70s, while <strong>Yeezy </strong>featured <strong>Halima Aden</strong>, the Somalia-American who rocks a hijab. <strong>Julien MacDonald</strong> closed his show with <strong>Winnie Harlow</strong>, who has vitiligo and plus-size models featured throughout many collections.</div> <div> <strong>Feminism</strong> has been another huge influencer this season. In Milan, <strong>Missoni </strong>had models wearing &lsquo;<strong>pussy hats</strong>&rsquo; in her finale, also using her spotlight to give a speech on women&rsquo;s rights. In London, <strong>Preen by Thornton Bregazzi </strong>was inspired by photos of suffragettes, dressed up and ready to fight. <strong>Tome</strong> jumped on board defending Planned Parenthood and wearing a T-Shirt that stated &lsquo;<strong>Feminist AF</strong>&rsquo;.</div> <div> Then there was all-out punk and as with the recent <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Blog/Spirit-of-Rebellion--London-Men-s-Collections-AW17/18"><strong>men&rsquo;s shows</strong></a>, we saw labels like <strong>Junya Watanabe</strong> go full protest, while tartan and slogans of all descriptions featured across the board.</div> <div> <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/"><strong>SCOUT </strong></a>has been tracking the pushing of boundaries for a few seasons now and in our <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Trend-Reports/SS18-Casual-Colour-Trend?viewAction=report"><strong>SS18 Casual </strong></a>book our <strong>Activist</strong> trend explores how this is going to be particularly relevant in the casual and youth markets.&nbsp;</div> <div> Photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows"><strong>Vogue</strong></a>.</div> <div> JG</div> 2017-03-07 00:00:00Favourites from Milan Fashion Week http://scout.com.au/Blog/Favourites-from-Milan-Fashion-Week-http://scout.com.au/Blog/Favourites-from-Milan-Fashion-Week-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001908/article_image/58b90def2ad44.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> <span style="font-family:Calibri;"><strong>Milan</strong> wow-ed us with some fabulous bright + bold collections last week, winter has never looked so colourful! </span></div> <div> <span style="font-family: Calibri;"><strong>Gucci</strong> has been the leader of the pack for a few seasons now and they presented a magical collection of the floral eccentric. The somewhat innocent cute and quirky <strong>Gucci&nbsp;Girl</strong> of seasons past has got herself some attitude for <strong>AW17</strong>. Accessorised with punky piercings and bold 80s sunnies, the collection pushed the limits on pattern juxtapositions, managing to be off-beat and innovative, yet still stunningly beautiful.</span></div> <div> <span style="font-family: Calibri;"><strong>Missoni</strong> has always been about luxe fabrics and and textures and this winter&rsquo;s collection featuring multi-colour knits matched with sparkling lurex was no exception. Adding to the growing list of <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Blog/Spirit-of-Rebellion--London-Men-s-Collections-AW17/18"><strong>protest collections</strong></a>, Missoni models accessorised with pink <a href="https://www.pussyhatproject.com/"><strong>Pussy Hats</strong></a> &ndash; popularised by the recent <strong>Women&rsquo;s March</strong>.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="font-family: Calibri;">With pop colours and proportion-play, <strong>MSGM</strong>&rsquo;s <strong>Twin Peaks</strong> inspired collection was a playful take on the season. Turning winter&rsquo;s darkness on its head, bold bright furs and oversized silhouettes sat with lace skirts and fairytale-style headscarves. The result was pure Alice and Wonderland escapism.</span></div> <div> <span style="font-family: Calibri;">In contrast, <strong>Largerfeld </strong>said he was &lsquo;<strong>not in the mood for fairytale</strong>&rsquo; presenting <strong>Fendi</strong>&rsquo;s collection in a more traditional winter palette featuring tweed and fur. Accessorised with red patent boots, the uncluttered tailoring felt vintage, but serious, feminine, but strong.</span></div> <div> <span style="font-family: Calibri;"><strong>Trussardi</strong>&rsquo;s collection was inspired by the earthy confidence of women featured in the Tarot card deck. Featuring beautiful vintaged fabrics and plenty of natural leather, colours and textures reflected the earth in all its intricate beauty.</span></div> <div> <span style="font-family: Calibri;">Photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows"><strong>Vogue</strong></a></span></div> <div> <span style="font-family: Calibri;">JG</span></div> 2017-03-03 00:00:00Favourites from New York Fashion Week http://scout.com.au/Blog/Top-5-NYFW-Highlights-http://scout.com.au/Blog/Top-5-NYFW-Highlights-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001904/article_image/58abc3030630d.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> As always, <strong>NYFW</strong> gave us some fabulous collections last week. As with the men&rsquo;s shows we really noticed the <a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Blog/Non-Gender-Section-at-ZARA"><strong>A-Gender</strong></a> trend rolling into the mainstream this season - it&rsquo;s become the new norm to blend masculine + feminine looks and models within the same show.</div> <div> Particularly interesting this winter is the huge influence of men&rsquo;s shirting and tailoring, with even traditionally feminine designers like<strong> Victoria Beckham </strong>adopting boxy blazers and overcoats. Her trademark below the knee skirts and shirts in translucent, floating chiffon softened the look of her collection, a juxtaposition that perfectly captured &nbsp;the art of modern power dressing.</div> <div> With <strong>Raf Simons</strong> at the helm, <strong>CALVIN KLEIN</strong>&rsquo;s show was another highlight. Playing with 70s tailoring, mid-west sheriff detailing, transparent vinyl and patchworking, the collection had an overall vibe of bold Americana. Here too the unisex vibe came through, with wide and structured pants, and barely there tops for women + men.</div> <div> <strong>Alexander Wang</strong>&rsquo;s collection was a nod to darker times. As we saw in the <strong><a href="http://www.scout.com.au/Blog/Spirit-of-Rebellion--London-Men-s-Collections-AW17/18">recent men&rsquo;s shows</a>,</strong> <strong>punk + rebellion</strong> is making a huge comeback, and Wang&rsquo;s almost all-black collection resembled that of a party animal with attitude. Studded embellishments, overlayed mesh and slogan T&rsquo;s crossed into daywear with long leather cuffs and oversized coats providing a contemporary uniform for the <strong>Brave New World</strong>.</div> <div> <strong>Marc Jacobs</strong> played with textures &ndash; mesh with a cardigan, disco sequins with a giant man-coat. Averting eyes with wide sunnies and pulled down hats, these were hip-hop inspired uber-cool street kids. As 70s styling morphs into another season, pant legs become wider again, platforms higher and corduroy cooler.</div> <div> Bright + beautiful, <strong>Dianne von Furstenberg</strong>&rsquo;s collection shone for its vivid colours, and stunning textiles that clashed in just the right way. Elegant, but hardly minimal furs sat happily with wide legged activewear, while oversized accessories looked perfectly in place.</div> <div> Check out some of our favourite looks below</div> <div> Photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows"><strong>Vogue</strong></a></div> <div> JG</div> 2017-02-21 00:00:00Favourites from Copenhagen Fashion Week http://scout.com.au/Blog/Favourites-from-Copenhagen-Fashion-Week-http://scout.com.au/Blog/Favourites-from-Copenhagen-Fashion-Week-<img src="http://scout.com.au/image/contentobject/00001902/article_image/589921530b087.jpg?height=102&width=140" align="left"></img><div> It&rsquo;s always exciting to check in with our favourite Scandinavian designers at <a href="http://www.copenhagenfashionweek.com/"><strong>Copenhagen Fashion Week</strong></a> and this year didn&rsquo;t disappoint!</div> <div> We loved <strong>Astrid Andersen</strong>&rsquo;s tactile and textured women&rsquo;s collection that reflected the elements and detailing of her matching men&rsquo;s show. The feather was a motif that tied everything together for both collections, with real feathers adorning headpieces, and inspiring earthy, neutral prints. Voluminous velvet in regal tones were overlayed with street styling, leading to a beautiful juxtaposition such as in the deep blue satin gown with both glamour-sequins, and tearaway track-pant sides.</div> <div> <strong>Lala Berlin</strong>&rsquo;s collection featuring full-length florals and feature knits was another standout. Artistically textured and experimental knit detailing was paired with raw cut asymmetrics and pointy-toed sneakers. Natural leathers and rustic knits were freshened up through neon detailing and rainbow slogans, a very cool collection. &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Mark Kenly Domino</strong> presented a different look again, with clean crisp lines, boxy silhouettes and plush fabrications given a feminine edge through translucent mesh and delicately embroidered lace. Model&rsquo;s makeup was artistic, giving the impression of a shadowed face and flat stares added to the serious feel of the collection &ndash; this Domino woman is not to be messed with.</div> <div> Check out our favourite looks below.</div> <div> Images courtesy of <strong><a href="http://www.copenhagenfashionweek.com/">Copenhagen Fashion Week</a>.</strong></div> <div> JG</div> 2017-02-07 00:00:00