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Artists discover and refine the highlights in the daily life to create artworks through illustration, graffiti, sculpture and installation. This report will introduce those new-emerging artists and artworks which are suitable for kidswear patterns, and present how those elements and colors in the artworks be used on kidswear.
The Japanese illustrator Sarashina Mariko’s works seem simple but are filled with interesting details and thoughts. No matter on woodcuts or oil paintings, artist uses bright and joyful colors to present the childlike innocence, which makes people smile unintentionally. The details and colors of those repeated irregular hand-drawn geometric patterns in illustrations are suitable for kidswear. More artist information: ins@sarashinamariko(Artworks only for reference, and copyrights belong to the original author)
The pioneer of Japanese graffiti Snipe1 forms his representative personal style through breaking through borders and the conventional images of graffiti culture. He once created large-scale graffiti installation with Murakami Takashi and Kaikai Kiki’s artists MADSAKI and TENGAone. And he also cooperated with fashion brands. Snipe1 always makes fun of those popular elements and trending IP in his works, presenting a new individualized Japanese graffiti style through spraying. (Artworks only for reference, and copyrights belong to the original author)
In Red Valentino S/S 2021 collection, Piccioli combines his pursuit of advanced fantastic style with freedom and vitality. He widely uses May lilies as patterns in this collection. Various May lilies are presented through printing and embroidery. The fashionable pleats and pussy-bow blend romance with freshness.
May lily is a traditional French flower which symbolizes everlasting happiness. And French people have the custom to give each other lilies on the Le Muguet Festival in May. The lily branches are bent into circles or rectangles. And the injection of letters and pussy-bow further improves the vibe and fits lady consumers. The application on details is also eye-catching.
In April, lily stretches out delicate curved stalks from long oval leaves, and blooms pure white flowers. Red Valentino S/S 2021 applies lilies in this form through black and white paper-cut on white T-shirts to create unique visual aesthetics.
Flowers symbolize beauty and hope. They play a healing role in this society full of anxiety and unrest and more frequently appear on clothes. The lily in Chinese culture is auspicious, respect and good luck. Its elegant appearance comforts restless souls gently. As for patterns, outlining, yellowing illustrations, abstract expressions and fine depiction contribute to lilies in various forms. The lily plays a key role in patterns, connecting garments with the wearer tightly.
Fine and thick lines outline the lily. Minimalist brushstrokes and lavish color changes reflect the vitality of blooming lilies. Brights give positive energy to garments. This kind of pattern is ideal for shirts and dresses.
From buds, petals to stamen or pistil, fine depiction brings different forms of blooming lilies. Tones are bright and lavish, enhancing the visual tensile force. This type of pattern fits shirts and skirts.
Individuality is the mainstream of this era, so many creative and artistic products become the focus. People pay more attention to things that stimulate emotions and express thoughts. Artistic lacquer spraying graffiti directly expresses inner voice, colorful and passionate. This technique retains the uniqueness and liveliness of handicrafts and becomes a key pattern craft in A/W 21/22. It is also used by Off-White and Christopher Kane. Alexander McQueen created a lacquer-sprayed dress on its S/S 1999 catwalk. Raf Simons once launched a lacquer spraying collection in A/W 2012 haute couture.
As the network becomes a key way for people to communicate and socialize, digital technologies in virtual reality are increasingly growing, and more dazzling electronic technologies and special effects become an important part of life. This is also a key expression form of street graffiti lacquer-spraying art. In A/W 21/22, it will be all-over used to garments, and lavish colors strengthen the virtual reality vibe.
Rich graffiti color blocks are all-over printed. Multiple colors give a strong visual impact and express inner feelings directly. It is ideal for dresses and jackets.
Ready cut shapes or patterns cover the panel, so as to leave the pattern we want after lacquer spraying. This craft works well for sweatshirts, dresses and T-shirts, bringing natural patterns.
Technical digital theme prompts the rise of unfocused prints and injects new vitality into flowers. Painting, twisting and layering bring rich intonation and visual effects to flowers.
The Philippine artist Olan Ventura has created a number of acrylic paintings in the tradition of 17th century Dutch still life. His paintings duplicate symbolic details in Vase by Jan Davidsz de Heem in 1660. Its ragged edges drop to grapes and other parts. His works are imbued with twists, abstraction and artistic feel.
Ink painting flowers are stacked on the blurred and painted background, strongly artistic. Crossed brushstrokes create a blurred and unfocused visual effect. Single lines draw layers.
Light blurred flowers dominate and pair with twisted, diagonal and waterfall fusion techniques to appear on the twisted and blurred background, delivering a psychedelic and mystical feel.
In the post-coronavirus era, outdoor scenery symbolizes vitality and new hope, and will heal and soothe us. More and more brands draw inspiration from outdoors for their new collections or advertising campaigns, including Jacquemus, Gucci and Acne Studios. As for crafts, outdoor bright colorway and complicated crafts are employed to express good wishes.
After the pandemic, clothes will pay more attention to vivid and intense colors. The blue sky, clouds, mountains and forests are combined with print or embroidery to decorate clothing. Unlike previous seasons, positioning print not only appears on front panels, but also pays attention to the integrity of picture.
Vague mountains and waters seem to display the contradiction between ideal and reality. Based on tie-dye, the expression form of Chinese ink painting is fused. Placement embroidery integrates clothing with the external environment. Colors and blank make a contrast, strongly artistic.
Furrowed fields and undulating terrain work with different colors to create geometric shapes, thus further creating patterns. Beaded embroidery, flocking and jacquard are adopted to make a stronger visual impact.
Craft and detail are of great importance in A/W 20/21. Compared with clothing silhouette, more designers convey their ingenious thoughts to cautious consumers through craft changes and creative details. Influenced by current trends, the market is more favorable to bold, eye-catching, individual, simple and versatile craft and detail. Rubbing, discharge print, digital all-over print, and combined crafts of offset print gradually enter into the public view.
Rubbing has a long history in China. It is a hand-made reproduction of a carved or stone-cut surface by covering the surface tightly with a piece of paper and rubbing in black or colored material. Now, a Berlin company, Raubdruckerin has done something creative. In more than 20 cities, they put dyestuff on manhole covers, fences and the rest public facilities, then directly cover them with clothes and even backpacks. The idea of printing the manhole covers on T-shirts came from Emma France Raff. A decade ago, as she traveled around the world, she discovered manhole covers were like unique business cards handed out by cities, which triggered her desire to leave the mark as a memorial.
Discharge print is breathable, visible but impalpable. But it can only be printed on pure cotton fabrics dyed by polymer reactive dyes which can be costly, rather than on light-colored fabrics (Watermark can be used as a substitution).
Variegated blurred patterns sweep catwalks for S/S 2019, and become hot currently. Each item has blurred color blocks, with a simple silhouette to be unique, and add commercial value to shirts and hooded sweatshirts in A/W 20/21. Illusive looks and blurred elements will be softer in A/W 20/21, fit for avant-garde young consumers. Besides, Alexander McQueen and Palm Angels use blurred patterns boldly.
Escape from the pressure of the city, embark on a journey to the distance, and find a blend of youth and nature. As Fernando Pessoa wrote in The Book of Disquiet: I would like to live a different life in a faraway land. We roam freely under the sky, search the comfortable shore of the deep heart. Every time we set out, it is to meet a better yourself. Whether it is the original intention of human, or the call of nature, the outdoor world has become a desirable spiritual place. Embrace nature, relax at weekends, connect with nature, we interpret the casual outdoor look and revive mind with another life style.
The 96th Pitti Uomo menswear exhibition was held in Florence. The “I Go Out” exhibition area of outdoor sportswear made its third appearance. This time, I Go Out worked with And Wander (one of the three major Yama Brands in Japan), Hi Tec (an outdoor brand founded in the UK by Dutch Frank van Wezel) and Topo Designs (founded by Americans Jedd Rose and Mark Hansen) to put on a fashion show. The show was particular about materials and functionality, displaying fashionable designs of “Go Out” and interpreting the beauty of nature through clothing.
Marble is the metamorphic rock formed by high temperature and high pressure in the earthcrust. Its section can form a variety of colorful and natural texture with different patterns. Marble patterns are blurred and abstract, with the soft pink tones to be unique in outdoor clothing.
The post-80s and post-90s are the group who first contact and become the most enthusiastic about arcade games. In 1971, the world’s first arcade was born in a computer laboratory in the United States, originating in bars. With a history of 38 years, arcade game is the oldest video game. Although arcade games fade in the rapidly changes of video games, their grainy pixel images dominate the childhood memories of those born in the 1980s and 1990s.
Arcade games remind of the surrounding streets. Supreme and Agnes use the soft focus effect to present the retro streets of the 1970s-1990s. The lettered lamp is also the classical element of current Chinese fashion.
The familiar mosaic game interface can be used to clothing as placement patterns, bringing a dazzling and retro feeling.