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The Wall Street Journal is an unlikely place for design inspiration, but the Saturday Style & Fashion section is always a treasure trove of sources. The “Steal of the Week” is a color block shoe of magenta, orange and turquoise from Zara. The whole Zara site is a steal…moderate prices and great styling.

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The Wall Street Journal describes the trend toward combining multiple patterns as a ‘happy clash’. The shoes that caught my attention are from Clements Riberio…lower left. Scroll through the Spring and Summer 2011 collection to see a ‘riot’ of patterns.

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One of the hottest trends in our showroom is embroidery…more and more embroidery. Whether trends start with fashion or interiors is a little like the chicken or the egg conundrum. Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article on the business of fashion. “Designers festoon fashion week looks with embroidery and beading; prices may rise as pared-down minimalism fades.”


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This is a golden opportunity for polymer artists. Early in my polymer ‘training’ I made several barrettes. It was a fun canvas and perfect for practicing new techniques. According to the Wall Street Journal ‘The Barrette is Dowdy No More‘.  I still have a plethora of barrette clips…let me know if you want to follow this trend!!!

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I am always surprised to find so many great fashion resources in the Wall Street Journal. Thursday’s edition had an interesting article about the new direction for Escada.  If you love color, check out the Escada Resort 2011 Collection… the third item featured is my favorite…the ‘furry’ jacket. My mind is spinning with ideas for replicating that in clay.

I searched for over an hour looking for a photo of the featured dress. I love the shading on the dress top of the dress and the marbled design at the hem. The Necklace isn’t bad either!

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Multiple apologies for the title…again, I could not resist. The Wall Street Journal had a terrific article last week about the 2011 Hue and how it was chosen. When I first started working in the design industry, I didn’t have a clue about how the colors were chosen for fashion and the objects we purchase each year. WELL…we can thank Pantone for that color we love or hate from year to year.

They are calling the 2011 hue…Honeysuckle. HMMM!!! The honeysuckle plants that grew in my yard in Kansas City, MO were definitely not this beautiful soft orangey-pink. I remember a white flower with a soft yellow center…and a YUMMY scent!!! I LOVE Pantone’s description of Honeysuckle…Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.

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My first jewelry purchase was a turquoise ring. I wore that ring until it fell apart…both the stone and the silver setting. An article in the Wall Street Journal this weekend mentions that turquoise is moving from casual to sophisticated. Love the chunky cuff from Catherine Malandrino. (Be sure to check out her accessories…WOW!!!)

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I love the first line of the Wall Street Journal article about carnations. “If every flower carries a secret code (red roses stand for love, mums mean death) then carnations can probably be said to signify…cheap.” Well, I am sure the carnation bedecked dress from Oscar de la Renta is not cheap. (check out the jewelry on the home page) The article is an interesting read with historical references as well as contemporary designs.


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HMMMMMMM…where do I begin? The model is either having a bad hair day or she spent the week in South Carolina in July. (I can relate to the second option) The ‘interesting’ feature photo is from an intriguing article in the Wall Street Journal last week…Eccentric Style: Le Freak, C’est Le Chic. If you do not have time to read the article be sure to watch the slideshow…TIME WELL SPENT!

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If you live in Columbus, Ohio or Omaha, Nebraska red is always in style. For the rest of the country it has been 30 years since we have seen red as a trend setting color. In the last few weeks designers have been asking for ‘pure’ red. They want that pop of color that adds energy to a design. The Wall Street Journal calls red The Color of Confidence. Valentino has been using red as his signature color for years. It was easy to find a beautiful design from one of his collections to show the perfect red. (If you would like to see a documentary with amazing ‘eye candy’ look for Valentino: The Last Emperor)

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