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TRENDS: The Mixing Bowl

Showoffs LogoShowoffs, the fashion trend service, says the mix is what's key right now in design in this week's trend report prepared exclusively for the B-Letter.
"We have witnessed the drizzle down pricing of Modern Design. Mid-Century Modern was for the privileged. Living with modern design means having the organization needed to keep out clutter. Each object in a room becomes precious. Don Draper's New York apartment is now available to everyone. Modern is now affordable.
"Young Gen Xers want to feel liberated from their family's treasured English brown furniture and floral bouquet patterns. Unless traditional motifs are injected with bright color, leave them in the stock room.

"Look for:
1. Dots- Bouncing off the walls. Dots are on everything from Keds to beds. They are an easier modern design to live with than their cousins, large geometrics. Tone on tone, dots can be quite sophisticated
2. Modernists- Scandinavian textile designers, jewelers and pottery masters have taught us to embrace large-scale, flat shapes that burst with clean true color. Think of Marimekko or George Jensen and then add Peter Max and Pucci.
3. Suzanis- Medallions and foulards in bright colors. Often rounded shapes as seen in the collections from John Robshaw and Serina & Lilly. A slightly preppy approach to fashion.
4. IColor- Grey, black, neutrals and silver are the colors of our screens and jeans, sheets, towels and sneakers. Apple has rebooted our color palette.
5. Camouflage - The teen trend of not quite formed shapes in defiant colors.
6. The Men's Department for All Mankind- Glen plaids, hounds tooth, chevrons and tweeds.
7. Flower Power- Bold atomic flowers, large scale and bursting with color.
8. Nautical- The open sea is alluring and there is no end to sea creatures, and boating icons.

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