NEW YORK: A/W 18-19 "PORTRAITS" WITH LI EDELKOORT
May
16
9:00 am09:00

NEW YORK: A/W 18-19 "PORTRAITS" WITH LI EDELKOORT

  • Tishman Auditorium

A good portrait opens the soul of the sitter to the world and professes faith in the power of picturing an unknown truth, a portrait is thus an artistic representation of a human, driven by the ideal to represent the personality and even catch the mood of the person, or cat or coat for that matter. This focus on the face and shoulders will create a stir in fashion where the portrait collar will take on new social media value, showing the essence of dress within one detail. The portrait often shows a person looking directly at the artist and the audience in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer, and therefore a good portrait is not measured in likeness but in liveliness, in how to portray the energy that a person possesses, how to depict serenity, melancholy or spleen, how to sculpt strength and energy, how to paint pain. Hidden moods and thought processes are laid bare by the simple gesture of a piece of charcoal, undiscovered qualities unveiled with the movement of a pen, inner strength revealed by the stroke of a brush. Tears are rendered in watercolours, skin is highlighted with sanguine crayons, features are finely and precisely etched for historical purposes. The shutter of a camera will hold a stare into eternity, making icons of our contemporaries. With the push of a button people freeze themselves with others in selfies, creating their own singular legends, to be communicated instantly. But portraits can also be written and recited, hidden in a song, chosen by a poem, revealed in a story. Narrated as a portrait of a lady, a portrait of a marriage or a portrait of the artist as a young man.

9:00 doors open

9:30 PORTRAITS OF FASHION: A/W 2018-19 presented by Li Edelkoort

11:00 BLOOM PORTRAITS OF FAITH

11:20 short break

11:40 PORTRAITS OF BEAUTY presented by Li Edelkoort

12:15 ACTIVEWEAR PORTRAITS OF PARTICLES: A/W 2018-19 presented by Li Edelkoort

1:00 approximate end

* ticketed guests receive a miniature A/W trend booklet!

* program subject to minor changes

* filming & photography are not permitted at this event

SPEAKERS:

Li Edelkoort is arguably the world's most famous trend forecaster and colourist, working in industries from design and fashion to food, architecture, beauty, communication, automotive, and retail. Founded in 1986, her company Trend Union produces trend tools for strategists, designers and marketers at brands from Zara to Prada. She is also a publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator. In 2011, she launched an interactive online trend forum called TrendTablet.com. She has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Fashion and by Icon as one of the Most Influential People in Design. Edelkoort is the recipient of numerous accolades and since 2015 is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons in New York, where she is also starting a Textiles Masters course in 2017. Her much-talked about ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry. Most recently, she founded the first ever New York Textile Month, taking place during the month of September in collaboration with The New School and Cooper Hewitt.

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NEW YORK: HOME & LIFESTYLE 2019, AN AFTERNOON WITH LI EDELKOORT
May
16
1:45 pm13:45

NEW YORK: HOME & LIFESTYLE 2019, AN AFTERNOON WITH LI EDELKOORT

  • The Townhouse

In response to a world in transition, the home environment becomes a sanctuary, an escape, a refuge and a comfort. Lifestyle embraces the federation of food, the connection of nature and the celebration of family, friends and pets. The spiritual home is a new domain in which our relationship to furniture, objects, materials and colours will gently shift, promising real change and great hope for the future. A profound search for simplicity, tenderness and humanity will pervade. 

1:30 A SPIRITUAL LUNCH is served

2:30 MILAN REPORT

3.00 HOME & LIFESTYLE 2019 presented by Li Edelkoort

4:00 STILL: unique textiles from Mount Fuji presented by Li Edelkoort

4:30 approximate end

* Please let us know of any dietary requirements

* Program subject to minor changes

* Filming & photography are not permitted at this event

SPEAKER:

Li Edelkoort is arguably the world's most famous trend forecaster and colourist, working in industries from design and fashion to food, architecture, beauty, communication, automotive, and retail. Founded in 1986, her company Trend Union produces trend tools for strategists, designers and marketers at brands from Zara to Prada. She is also a publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator. In 2011, she launched an interactive online trend forum called TrendTablet.com. She has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Fashion and by Icon as one of the Most Influential People in Design. Edelkoort is the recipient of numerous accolades and since 2015 is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons in New York, where she is also starting a Textiles Masters course in 2017. Her much-talked about ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry. Most recently, she founded the first ever New York Textile Month, taking place during the month of September in collaboration with The New School and Cooper Hewitt.

LOS ANGELES: A/W 18-19 "PORTRAITS" WITH LI EDELKOORT
Jul
11
9:00 am09:00

LOS ANGELES: A/W 18-19 "PORTRAITS" WITH LI EDELKOORT

  • LA MOCA

A good portrait opens the soul of the sitter to the world and professes faith in the power of picturing an unknown truth, a portrait is thus an artistic representation of a human, driven by the ideal to represent the personality and even catch the mood of the person, or cat or coat for that matter. This focus on the face and shoulders will create a stir in fashion where the portrait collar will take on new social media value, showing the essence of dress within one detail. The portrait often shows a person looking directly at the artist and the audience in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer, and therefore a good portrait is not measured in likeness but in liveliness, in how to portray the energy that a person possesses, how to depict serenity, melancholy or spleen, how to sculpt strength and energy, how to paint pain. Hidden moods and thought processes are laid bare by the simple gesture of a piece of charcoal, undiscovered qualities unveiled with the movement of a pen, inner strength revealed by the stroke of a brush. Tears are rendered in watercolours, skin is highlighted with sanguine crayons, features are finely and precisely etched for historical purposes. The shutter of a camera will hold a stare into eternity, making icons of our contemporaries. With the push of a button people freeze themselves with others in selfies, creating their own singular legends, to be communicated instantly. But portraits can also be written and recited, hidden in a song, chosen by a poem, revealed in a story. Narrated as a portrait of a lady, a portrait of a marriage or a portrait of the artist as a young man.

9:00 doors open

9:30 PORTRAITS OF FASHION: A/W 2018-19 presented by Li Edelkoort

11:00  BLOOM PORTRAITS OF FAITH

11:20 short break

11:40 PORTRAITS OF BEAUTY presented by Li Edelkoort

12:15 ACTIVEWEAR PORTRAITS OF PARTICLES: A/W 2018-19 presented by Li Edelkoort

1:00 approximate end

* ticketed guests receive a miniature A/W trend booklet!

* program subject to minor changes

* filming & photography are not permitted at this event

SPEAKERS:

Li Edelkoort is arguably the world's most famous trend forecaster and colourist, working in industries from design and fashion to food, architecture, beauty, communication, automotive, and retail. Founded in 1986, her company Trend Union produces trend tools for strategists, designers and marketers at brands from Zara to Prada. She is also a publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator. In 2011, she launched an interactive online trend forum called TrendTablet.com. She has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Fashion and by Icon as one of the Most Influential People in Design. Edelkoort is the recipient of numerous accolades and since 2015 is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons in New York, where she is also starting a Textiles Masters course in 2017. Her much-talked about ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry. Most recently, she founded the first ever New York Textile Month, taking place during the month of September in collaboration with The New School and Cooper Hewitt.

Purchase Tickets: Click Here


A/W 2018-19 ACTIVEWEAR  PORTRAITS OF PARTICLES
Mar
22
11:15 am11:15

A/W 2018-19 ACTIVEWEAR PORTRAITS OF PARTICLES

  • The Townhouse

Infinitely small, yet infinitely powerful, the biological world is governed by the smallest particles on earth. A world of wonder where spores and semen, pistils and membranes, fungus and polyps, algae and mosses, bacteria and atoms reign supreme, commanding the survival of species, including ourselves. A complex universe of small particles working in union to get things done, just as new sports propose small movements to get us in shape, moving away from the radical over-cultivation of the body to a finer and leaner form of aesthetic. A gradual building up of our defences and stamina, with particles acting the part with fluttering furs, sticky surfaces, slick coatings and irregular surfaces. This scattered world of porous power with withering heights and weltering downs, are all universes in their own right, delivering their innate beauty to us to be mimicked and intimately understood. 

presented by Philip Fimmano

clients $175 / general admission $250

HOME & LIFESTYLE 2018
Jan
20
11:00 am11:00

HOME & LIFESTYLE 2018

  • Edelkoort Inc.

NEW MATERIALISM

Recent philosophy has rekindled the discussion about the material mind. This movement is called New Materialism and it advocates the vibrancy of matter, something that animists and shamans have believed for centuries: that matter has its own force and possess a mind of its own, that all other physical and mental processes are animated by the raw power of these substances – the result being matter upon matter, materializing the strong bonds people need to survive in the encroaching virtual web, which is jeopardizing our perception of tactility and human interaction.

Young designers are certainly leading this conversation with their inventions; using new machines to serve their purposes, reprogramming antiquated robots to construct their designs, hacking 3D printers to boost their ceramic forms and repurposing old mechanical looms for contemporary creation. Suddenly the machine is no longer the antithesis and enemy of making but the handmaid of the designer: enabling, embellishing and advancing creative production processes. Man and machine finally merge and become one.

 

11:00 welcome

11:10 HOME & LIFESTYLE 2018: NEW MATERIALISM

12:40 WILD THINGS: contemporary design with soul

1:00 approximate end

 

Tickets: $275 per person/ $185 for current Trend Union clients
For tickets please sign up here

(-10% for booking 4+)

 

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

FALL/ WINTER 2018-19
Jan
19
4:30 pm16:30

FALL/ WINTER 2018-19

  • Edelkoort Inc.

16:30 welcome

16:45 F/W 2018-19 COLOR PREVIEW

17:15 F/W 2018-19 FASHION TRENDS: PORTRAITS

18:15 drinks & discussion

 

Tickets: $395 per person/ $250 for current Trend Union clients
For tickets please sign up here

(-10% for booking 4+)

 

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

A good portrait opens the soul of the sitter to the world and professes faith in the power of picturing an unknown truth, a portrait is thus an artistic representation of a human, driven by the ideal to represent the personality and even catch the mood of the person, or cat or coat for that matter. This focus on the face and shoulders will create a stir in fashion where the portrait collar will take on new social media value, showing the essence of dress within one detail. The portrait often shows a person looking directly at the artist and the audience in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer, and therefore a good portrait is not measured in likeness but in liveliness, in how to portray the energy that a person possesses, how to depict serenity, melancholy or spleen, how to sculpt strength and energy, how to paint pain. Hidden moods and thought processes are laid bare by the simple gesture of a piece of charcoal, undiscovered qualities unveiled with the movement of a pen, inner strength revealed by the stroke of a brush. Tears are rendered in watercolours, skin is highlighted with sanguine crayons, features are finely and precisely etched for historical purposes. The shutter of a camera will hold a stare into eternity, making icons of our contemporaries. With the push of a button people freeze themselves with others in selfies, creating their own singular legends, to be communicated instantly. But portraits can also be written and recited, hidden in a song, chosen by a poem, revealed in a story. Narrated as a portrait of a lady, a portrait of a marriage or a portrait of the artist as a young man.

SPRING/ SUMMER 2018
Jan
19
9:00 am09:00

SPRING/ SUMMER 2018

  • Edelkoort Inc

The world is in flux and culture responds with fragments of ideas, sketches of innovative forms and creative utopian concepts. We are looking forward to ambiguous and rather unfathomable times, tasting moments of promises, and experiencing instants of doubt, knowing that much is wrong in a society witnessing the decline of its institutions. We are living a bipolar moment where we can go from a jubilant personal experience to dismal public aggression, from an absolute high when encountering the outdoors to a depressing down living in the outskirts of gentrified cities, a transversal construction of time & space.

 

9:00 welcome

9:15 S/S 2017 Color Confirmation by Chloe Sos

9:30 S/S 2018 COLORS: BLURRED

10:00 S/S 2018: TRANSITION (includes audiovisual presentation)

11:15 approximate end

 

Tickets: $380 per person/ $185 for current Trend Union clients
For tickets please sign up here

(-10% for booking 4+)

* Guests receive a S/S 2018 miniature trend book!

 

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

 

 

MELBOURNE: TREND UNION AUSTRALIA FASHION & INTERIOR SEMINARS with Philip Fimmano & David Clark
Jan
12
1:30 pm13:30

MELBOURNE: TREND UNION AUSTRALIA FASHION & INTERIOR SEMINARS with Philip Fimmano & David Clark

  • National Gallery of Victoria

TREND UNION AUSTRALIA

FASHION & INTERIOR SEMINAR

with Philip Fimmano & David Clark

Australia! Trend Union is pleased to bring its world-renowned trend forecasts back to Australia for two special trend seminars in Sydney and Melbourne. Hosted by David Clark, this half-day session will look at trends in Fashion, Textiles, Colour, Interiors and Materials. 

 

PROGRAMME:

1:30 welcome

1:45 Summer 2018: BLURRED, colours & prints, presented by Philip Fimmano

2:00 Summer 2018: TRANSITION colours, textiles & fashion trends, presented by Philip Fimmano

3:00 short break

3:20 NEW MODERNISM, an introduction presented by Philip Fimmano

3:30 At Home: MODERN AUSTRALIAN DESIGN, presented by David Clark

4:00 2018 Home & Interiors: NEW MATERIALISM, presented by Philip Fimmano

5:30 approximate end with BLOOM #23: FAITH launch

 

TICKETS:

AUD $225  

AUD $95 for faculty & students, please contact chloe@edelkoortinc.com

(price will be charged in US dollar equivalent on the date of purchase)

purchase here

This event is supported by the National Gallery of Victoria

 

TOPICS:

Summer 2018: TRANSITION

The world is in flux and culture responds with fragments of ideas, sketches of innovative forms and creative utopian concepts. We are looking forward to ambiguous and rather unfathomable times, tasting moments of promises, and experiencing instants of doubt, knowing that much is wrong in a society witnessing the decline of its institutions. We are living a bipolar moment where we can go from a jubilant personal experience to dismal public aggression, from an absolute high when encountering the outdoors to a depressing down living in the outskirts of gentrified cities, a transversal construction of time & space.

presented by Philip Fimmano

2018 Home & Interiors: NEW MATERIALISM

Recent philosophy has rekindled the discussion about the material mind. This movement is called New Materialism and it advocates the vibrancy of matter, something that animists and shamans have believed for centuries: that matter has its own force and possesses a mind of its own, that all other physical and mental processes are animated by the raw power of these substances – the result being matter upon matter, materializing the strong bonds people need to survive in the encroaching virtual web, which is jeopardizing our perception of tactility and human interaction.

Young designers are certainly leading this conversation with their inventions; using new machines to serve their purposes, reprogramming antiquated robots to construct their designs, hacking 3D printers to boost their ceramic forms and repurposing old mechanical looms for contemporary creation. Suddenly the machine is no longer the antithesis and enemy of making but the handmaid of the designer: enabling, embellishing and advancing creative production processes. Man and machine finally merge and become one.

presented by Philip Fimmano

At Home: MODERN AUSTRALIAN DESIGN

at home celebrates what makes Australian design so unique. Spanning almost 200 years, the objects discussed will invite the audience to consider where Australian interior design has come from and where it is going. at home is a new exhibition curated by Australian design expert and former Vogue Living editor David Clark, showcasing objects from some of Australia’s leading contemporary designers alongside the National Trust's significant Georgian collection of furniture at Old Government House.

presented by David Clark

SPEAKERS:

PHILIP FIMMANO is a contemporary fashion and lifestyle specialist, contributing to Trend Union’s books, Bloom magazine and strategic studies for various international brands. He works in industries as varied as textiles, interiors, food, craft, luxury, travel and retail. He is also the Director of the New York-based creative studio Edelkoort Inc., providing concept, colour and strategic consulting to companies in North and South America. 

In 2011, Fimmano co-founded Talking Textiles, an ongoing initiative to promote awareness and innovation in textiles through touring exhibitions and educational programs. He is also a curator of exhibitions for international museums, and has spoken about art and design at institutions such as Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, Nordiska museet in Stockholm, Royal College of Art in London and five N.I.F.T. campuses across India. He is currently an adjunct professor teaching trend forecasting at Polimoda in Florence.

DAVID CLARK has established himself as a leading figure in the interior design industry. His 30 year career has spanned the textile trade as well as architecture, design, marketing and publishing. As Design and Deputy Editor for Belle, as Editor-in-chief of Vogue Living – David gave voice to his particular focus on the idea of ‘Home’. He values texture, technology and the sensual experience of being human. He believes in the pursuit of beauty, the importance of curiosity, and the power of design to create a more civilized world.

SYDNEY: TREND UNION AUSTRALIA FASHION & INTERIOR SEMINARS with Philip Fimmano & David Clark
Jan
11
1:30 pm13:30

SYDNEY: TREND UNION AUSTRALIA FASHION & INTERIOR SEMINARS with Philip Fimmano & David Clark

  • The Studio

TREND UNION AUSTRALIA

FASHION & INTERIOR SEMINAR

with Philip Fimmano & David Clark

Australia! Trend Union is pleased to bring its world-renowned trend forecasts back to Australia for two special trend seminars in Sydney and Melbourne. Hosted by David Clark, this half-day session will look at trends in Fashion, Textiles, Colour, Interiors and Materials.

PROGRAMME:

1:30 welcome

1:45 Summer 2018: BLURRED, colours & prints, presented by Philip Fimmano

2:00 Summer 2018: TRANSITION colours, textiles & fashion trends, presented by Philip Fimmano

3:00 short break

3:20 NEW MODERNISM, an introduction presented by Philip Fimmano

3:30 At Home: MODERN AUSTRALIAN DESIGN, presented by David Clark

4:00 2018 Home & Interiors: NEW MATERIALISM, presented by Philip Fimmano

5:30 approximate end with BLOOM #23: FAITH launch & drinks

 

TICKETS:

AUD $225  

AUD $95 for faculty & students, please contact chloe@edelkoortinc.com

(price will be charged in US dollar equivalent on the date of purchase)

purchase here

TOPICS:

Summer 2018: TRANSITION

The world is in flux and culture responds with fragments of ideas, sketches of innovative forms and creative utopian concepts. We are looking forward to ambiguous and rather unfathomable times, tasting moments of promises, and experiencing instants of doubt, knowing that much is wrong in a society witnessing the decline of its institutions. We are living a bipolar moment where we can go from a jubilant personal experience to dismal public aggression, from an absolute high when encountering the outdoors to a depressing down living in the outskirts of gentrified cities, a transversal construction of time & space.

presented by Philip Fimmano

2018 Home & Interiors: NEW MATERIALISM

Recent philosophy has rekindled the discussion about the material mind. This movement is called New Materialism and it advocates the vibrancy of matter, something that animists and shamans have believed for centuries: that matter has its own force and possesses a mind of its own, that all other physical and mental processes are animated by the raw power of these substances – the result being matter upon matter, materializing the strong bonds people need to survive in the encroaching virtual web, which is jeopardizing our perception of tactility and human interaction.

Young designers are certainly leading this conversation with their inventions; using new machines to serve their purposes, reprogramming antiquated robots to construct their designs, hacking 3D printers to boost their ceramic forms and repurposing old mechanical looms for contemporary creation. Suddenly the machine is no longer the antithesis and enemy of making but the handmaid of the designer: enabling, embellishing and advancing creative production processes. Man and machine finally merge and become one.

presented by Philip Fimmano

At Home: Modern Australian Design

at home celebrates what makes Australian design so unique. Spanning almost 200 years, the objects discussed will invite the audience to consider where Australian interior design has come from and where it is going. at home is a new exhibition curated by Australian design expert and former Vogue Livingeditor David Clark, showcasing objects from some of Australia’s leading contemporary designers alongside the National Trust's significant Georgian collection of furniture at Old Government House.

presented by David Clark

 

SPEAKERS:

PHILIP FIMMANO is a contemporary fashion and lifestyle specialist, contributing to Trend Union’s books, Bloom magazine and strategic studies for various international brands. He works in industries as varied as textiles, interiors, food, craft, luxury, travel and retail. He is also the Director of the New York-based creative studio Edelkoort Inc., providing concept, colour and strategic consulting to companies in North and South America. 

In 2011, Fimmano co-founded Talking Textiles, an ongoing initiative to promote awareness and innovation in textiles through touring exhibitions and educational programs. He is also a curator of exhibitions for international museums, and has spoken about art and design at institutions such as Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, Nordiska museet in Stockholm, Royal College of Art in London and five N.I.F.T. campuses across India. He is currently an adjunct professor teaching trend forecasting at Polimoda in Florence.

DAVID CLARK has established himself as a leading figure in the interior design industry. His 30 year career has spanned the textile trade as well as architecture, design, marketing and publishing. As Design and Deputy Editor for Belle, as Editor-in-chief of Vogue Living – David gave voice to his particular focus on the idea of ‘Home’. He values texture, technology and the sensual experience of being human. He believes in the pursuit of beauty, the importance of curiosity, and the power of design to create a more civilized world.

BLOOM: FAITH HOLIDAY LAUNCH!
Dec
1
4:00 pm16:00

BLOOM: FAITH HOLIDAY LAUNCH!

  • Edelkoort Inc

Come join us for a special first look at the new issue of Bloom: a horti-cultural view on trends for fashion, textiles, beauty and lifestyle. 

 

* Guests of course receive a copy of BLOOM: FAITH (valued at $100) plus a gift for the Holidays!

 

Recognizing their inspirations and yielding to innate creative urges, artists and designers will build up the needed confidence to create new matter, landscape other horizons, design decorative objects, weave unusual fibers, draw non-existent flowers, created with the deep conviction that aesthetic expressions will resonate with others and are able to heal and care for people. Faith grows from future generations, professing their reliance on inner strength, convinced to reroute society the way they see it; convivial, cooperative, concerting, concerned, a society where truth remains an important quality and flexible forms of constancy help to compose the rhythm of existence. 

 

Tickets: $150 per person  
For tickets please sign up here

 

 

S/S 18 FASHION, TEXTILE & COLOR FORECAST
Nov
3
9:30 am09:30

S/S 18 FASHION, TEXTILE & COLOR FORECAST

S/S 2018 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS

TRANSITION: The trans-shaping of clothes

presented by Lidewij Edelkoort

8:30 doors open


9:00 Spring/Summer 2018: TRANSITIONS by Lidewij Edelkoort (includes audiovisual)


10:40 NYTM 2016: interior & fashion textiles by Lidewij Edelkoort


11:00 short break


11:15 Men's & Women's Activewear, Spring/Summer 2018: BIO-ATHLETICS, Future aesthetics inspired by nature by Philip Fimmano

12:00 Colors, Spring/Summer 2018: BLURRED, Studying undefined beauty by Lidwij Edelkoort
12:30 approximate end

* guests receive a miniature S/S 2018 trend book!
(program subject to minor changes)

The world is in flux and culture responds with fragments of ideas, sketches of innovative forms and creative utopian concepts. We are looking forward to ambiguous and rather unfathomable times, tasting moments of promises, and experiencing instants of doubt, knowing that much is wrong in a society witnessing the decline of its institutions. We are living a bipolar moment where we can go from a jubilant personal experience to dismal public aggression, from an absolute high when encountering the outdoors to a depressing down living in the outskirts of gentrified cities, a transversal construction of time & space.

Tickets: $380 per person  
$185 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

For tickets please sign up here

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

 

SAN FRANCISCO: S/S 18 FASHION, TEXTILE & COLOR FORECAST
Oct
11
9:30 am09:30

SAN FRANCISCO: S/S 18 FASHION, TEXTILE & COLOR FORECAST

  • Mystic Hotel 

9:00 doors open


9:30 Spring/Summer 2018: TRANSITION fashion & textiles
 


11:00 Spring/Summer 2018: BLURRED: fashion, print & design color forecast 


11:45 short break


12:00 Talking Textiles: interior & fashion textile trends 


12:45 approximate end

(program subject to minor changes)
 

get tickets here


TRANSITION: THE TRANS-SHAPING OF CLOTHES

The world is in flux and culture responds with fragments of ideas, sketches of innovative forms and creative utopian concepts. We look forward to ambiguous and rather unfathomable times, tasting moments of promises, and experiencing instants of doubt, knowing that much is wrong in a society witnessing the decline of its institutions. We are living a bipolar moment where we can go from a jubilant personal experience to dismal public aggression, from an absolute high when encountering the outdoors to a depressing down living in the outskirts of gentrified cities; a transversal construction of time and space. As always textiles and clothes react with precise imprecise design directions, blurring borders, obscuring codes, transforming patterns and transfiguring shapes.

Amazing creative forces are unleashed and will help change happen more rapidly than expected. It is as if fashion starts waking up from its long self-induced sleep and, although still sleepwalking, is wandering into newer and more audacious, abstract realms of realization.

Tickets: $380 per person  
$185 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

TALKING TEXTILES
Sep
20
9:30 am09:30

TALKING TEXTILES

  • THE AUDITORIUM - THE NEW SCHOOL

TALKING TEXTILES

is a full-day seminar to talk about textiles for fashion and interiors – exploring the important trends, fabrics, yarns and techniques for the seasons to come. Hosted by Lidewij Edelkoort, Dean of Hybrid Studies and featuring a long list of inspiring speakers, this seminar seeks to promote textile education and celebrate September as the first ever New York Textile Month!

New York Textile Month, a New School and Cooper Hewitt initiative celebrating global textile creativity and innovation in events held throughout New York City.

SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER HERE!

FREE for all students & faculty (with valid I.D.), get your code at: nytm@edelkoortinc.com

$150 General Admission

 

FULL PROGRAM


9:30 Welcome

9:45 Mellissa Huber, Research Associate, The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art


10:15 Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation


10:45 Dorothy Cosonas, Creative Director, KnollTextiles & KnollLuxe


11:15 Touch Break


11:30 Sayaka Toyama, the founder/director of BUAISOU Brooklyn


12:00 Petri Juslin, Manager, Marimekko Artwork Studios


12:30 NYTM by Li Edelkoort, Dean of Hybrid Design Studies, The New School, Parsons School of Design


1:00 Touch Break


2:00 Lori Weitzner, Designer, Lori Weitzner Design Inc.


2:30 Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


3:00 Jessica Schreiber, Founder, Fabscrap


3:15 Touch Break


3:30 Liz Collins, Artist, and Interim Chair/Associate Professor of Fashion, Moore College of Art & Design

4:00 Daina Taimina, Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell University


4:30 Jeannine Han, textile artist and assistant professor of Fashion, Parsons School of Design


5:00 approximate end

MELLISSA HUBER, Research Associate, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Space in Between – An Inside Look at Manus x Machina: Fashion in An Age of Technology


Mellissa Huber is a Research Associate in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she assists the department curators with the related research, planning, and content development for special exhibitions. As a member of the curatorial team she has regularly collaborated with outside creative consultants and colleagues across the museum to realize immersive exhibition environments that include shows such as: Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style (2016), China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), andCharles James: Beyond Fashion (2014). Mellissa holds an MA in Visual Culture: Costume Studies from New York University, and a BFA in Fabric Styling with a minor in Art History from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
 

BRENDA DANILOWITZ, Chief Curator, The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

Brenda Danilowitz is the Chief Curator of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and has written extensively on Josef Albers for a variety of publications. In 1971, Josef Albers established a not-for-profit organization to further "the revelation and evocation of vision through art." Today, this organization—The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation—is devoted to preserving and promoting the enduring achievements of both Josef and Anni Albers, and the aesthetic and philosophical principles by which they lived. It serves as a unique center for the understanding and appreciation of the arts and of all visual experience—with the combined legacies of Josef and Anni Albers at its heart. The Foundation carries out its mission by working on exhibitions and publications, primarily focused on the art of Josef and Anni Albers; assisting with research; and supporting education. It conserves the Alberses' art and archives, and serves as an information resource for artists, scholars, students, and the general public. It helps sponsor other activities inspired by Josef and Anni Albers's interests and concerns. The Albers Foundation is located on a beautiful woodland site in Bethany, Connecticut, near New Haven—thanks to funds acquired by Anni Albers for the restitution of family property in the former East Berlin. The Bethany campus includes a central research and archival storage center to accommodate the Foundation's art collections, library and archives, and offices, as well as residence studios for visiting artists. The rural property provides a venue for educational outreach programs. The buildings were designed by Tim Prentice and his partner Lo-Yi Chan. Tim Prentice, who studied with Josef and is a sculptor as well as an architect, considered the project in part an expression of thanks to one of his mentors; we consider the tribute a splendid success. The Foundation is open by appointment to interested individuals, scholars, and curators for tours, study, and research.

DOROTHY COSONAS, Creative Director, KnollTextiles & KnollLuxe

Dorothy developed an interest in design at a young age — her mother was an accomplished calligrapher and architectural renderer, and her grandfather was a painter and fabric merchant. Her passions led her to pursue degrees in both fine arts and textile design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. While still in school, Cosonas interned at Unika Vaev, a contract textile firm directed by distinguished textile designer Sina Pearson. Under Pearson, Cosonas continued to develop her design sensibilities and, in 1994, succeeded her as the company’s Director of Design. In 1999 she was named Vice President of Design at Unika Vaev. In 2005, Dorothy Cosonas came to Knoll as the Creative Director of both KnollTextiles and KnollLuxe. Her inaugural collection was awarded a Best of NeoCon Gold award, as were three of her subsequent offerings. Her work is highly influenced by her passion for fine art and international fashion. Devoted to modern design, Cosonas is known for combining clean, clear color with elegant patterns and textures.

SAYAKA TOYAMA, Founder & Director of BUAISOU Brooklyn

Sayaka Toyama founded Curious Corners in 2014 and works with artisans and designers who carry on Japanese textile heritages, including BUAISOU and KUON. BUAISOU is a group of indigo farmer-dyers based in Tokushima, Japan, a region renowned for its indigo plant farming, and for its tradition of composting the indigo leaves into SUKUMO. Sayaka founded BUAISOU Brooklyn in Bushwick in 2015, as a satellite studio to host workshops using SUKUMO vat. She also represents KUON, Tokyo-based menswear brand who translate Japanese vintage textiles, such as boro and sashiko into contemporary daily garments. Sayaka co-curated the exhibition, BORO & AIZOME, Japanese Textile Tradition currently on view at Atelier Courbet. The exhibition shows museum-quality vintage BORO (rugged, patched garments) and indigo textiles as well as the first collection of KOFU, Sayaka’s new project with vintage Japanese textiles. 

PETRI JUSLIN, Manager, Marimekko Artwork Studios
The Heritage of Handcraft as an Inspiration to Marimekko Print Design


In 1951, Finnish entrepreneur Armi Ratia created Marimekko, the internationally renowned textile company that first turned heads in America when Jacqueline Kennedy started sporting its bright, bold prints. But before it became a Camelot staple, it debuted at Harvard Square’s Design Research, which served as the exclusive U.S. dealer of Marimekko wares from 1959 to 1976. Today, those eye-catching patterns endure—right down to their playfully askew aesthetic, a holdover from the hand-screened-printing days. While modern digital methods can produce more-accurate prints, this throwback look is part of the charm, according to artwork studio manager Petri Juslin: “The tradition is so strong in the designers’ minds when they think of Marimekko,” he says. While visiting Marimekko’s Newbury Street location for Design Week 2016, Juslin filled us in on the creation of the company’s iconic prints. At the TALKING TEXTILES Seminar, Petri will provide an in-depth look at how hand printing influenced pattern design in the 1950s and 1960s, and how this heritage is carried out by present designers. Mr. Juslin will bring his 30 years of experience to an interactive discussion looking at past and current prints, and how he works with print designers to find solutions that will transfer art to functional fabrics, without compromising design.

LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT, Trend Forecaster & Dean of Hybrid Design Studies, The New School, Parsons School of Design

TALKING TEXTILES: New York Textile Month 2016
Li Edelkoort is arguably the world's most famous trend forecaster and colourist, working in industries from design and fashion to food, architecture, beauty, communication, automotive, and retail. Founded in 1986, her company Trend Union produces trend tools for strategists, designers and marketers at brands from Zara to Prada. She is also a publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator. In 2011, she launched an interactive online trend forum called TrendTablet.com. She has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Fashion and by Icon as one of the Most Influential People in Design. Edelkoort is the recipient of numerous accolades and since 2015 is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons The New School in New York, where she is also starting a Textiles Masters course in 2017. Her much-talked about ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry.

LORI WEITZNER, Designer, Lori Weitzner Design Inc.
After graduating with a BFA in textiles from Syracuse University, an unsatisfying job in New York led to travels in Europe, which led to freelance in Milan and design for such companies as Missoni. Journeying on to Zurich led to a long-term relationship creating bedding for Boller Winkler/Schlossberg. Returning to New York, Lori focused her creativity on packaging and product design, linking her name with Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein, and Dansk. Her big break in textiles in the US came with a call from Jack Lenor Larsen, and with that the opportunity to independently design collections for his company which bore her name. Her collaboration with Germany’s renowned Sahco from 2000-2012 garnered her designs broader recognition in the international interiors market. In 2004, Lori introduced Weitzner Limited, offering innovative wall coverings to a worldwide market. 2012 saw the launch of her own textile collection “Vernissage” under the Weitzner brand, which she maintains as her commitment to creating exceptional design that is in line with the human spirit. Weitzner’s products grace celebrity homes including those of Julianne Moore, Will Ferrell, and Beyoncé, and often appear as costumes and sets for motion picture films such as “Gangs of New York” and “Mission Impossible.” Her designs also enhance numerous public spaces -- most notably the glamorous Four Seasons Hotels and Headquarters of Google in New York. Lori's work is housed in the permanent collections of such museums as Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal, the Victoria Albert Museum in London, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. She is the recipient of multiple design awards, including a nomination for the Chrysler Innovation Award, and she travels the globe lecturing on engaging the senses in design.

MATILDA McQUAID, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse
Matilda McQuaid proposes and organizes national and international exhibitions and publications, and oversees one of the premier textile collections in the world—including more than 30,000 textiles produced over 2,000 years, beginning with the Han Dynasty of China. Since joining Cooper-Hewitt in 2001 as the exhibitions curator and head of the Textiles department, McQuaid has curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions including Josef + Anni Albers: Designs for Living (2004) and Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance (2005). Currently, McQuaid is playing a lead role in the creation of the new Online National Design Museum, and will be leading an exhibition on contemporary Chinese architecture scheduled for 2008. McQuaid came to Cooper-Hewitt after a 15-year tenure at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she began as a curatorial assistant in 1987 and eventually became associate curator in 1995. At MoMA, she curated more than 30 exhibitions, including Shigeru Ban: A Paper Arch, Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles, and Lilly Reich: Designer and Architect. She is an accomplished author and editor on art, architecture, and design, with many books and articles to her credit, including Shigeru Ban Architect (Phaidon Press, 2003); Envisioning Architecture: Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art (The Museum of Modern Art, 2002); Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles (The Museum of Modern Art, 1998); Architecture: A Place for Women (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989); and, Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). McQuaid holds a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Bowdoin College. Her latest exhibition, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, is on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from September 23, 2016 – April 17, 2017.

JESSICA SCHREIBER, Founder, Fabscrap
New York City residents throw out 200,000 tons of clothing and textiles - every single year. Yikes. But the waste from businesses is at least 40X greater... That's 8 MILLION TONS going to landfill, every time we circle the sun. Businesses with textile waste - fashion brands, tailors, costume designers, cutting rooms, manufacturers - may find their volumes of textile waste too large for donation to non-profits, but too small for industrial recycling. Both of those options also require the business to do the transportation. That's a problem. FABSCRAP provides convenient pickup and recycling of textiles from businesses in New York City. FABSCRAP aims to provide convenient, reliable, and responsible diversion of commercial fabric waste. The choice to recycle should be easy and rewarding. Our goal is to create working partnerships to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry. As the first company of its kind, FABSCRAP is focused on pursuing and supporting innovation in textile reuse and recycling. Founder Jessica Schreiber has over five years of waste management experience. Before starting FABSCRAP, she managed New York City's clothing and e-waste recycling programs and vendor contracts. She has a Masters from Columbia University in Climate and Society, and degrees in Biological Sciences and Education.

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LIZ COLLINS, Artist, and Interim Chair/Associate Professor of Fashion, Moore College of Art & Design

Liz Collins is a New York City- based artist who has been working across art, design, fashion, installation, and performance for two decades. Employing a range of natural to synthetic materials, incorporating vivid colors, dynamic patterns, emphasizing textures and inventive structures, Collins enjoys pushing the limits and doing the unexpected across the spectrum of textile media. She has had solo exhibitions at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Heller Gallery, NY; AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Occidental College, LA; Textile Arts Center, NY; AS220, Providence, RI; and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee.  Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including at the ICA/Boston; Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; the Museum of FIT; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museum of Arts and Design and MoMA. Collins’ awards include a USA Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and residencies at Haystack, Yaddo, AIR Alaska, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Collins received both her BFA and MFA from RISD and was an Associate Professor there from 2003-2013. She has since taught at PRATT, SAIC, and MICA, and is currently Interim Chair of Fashion Design at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. 

DAINA TAIMINA, Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell University
Daina Taimina joined the Cornell Math Department in December 1996. While attending a geometry workshop in 1997, she saw fragile paper models of hyperbolic planes, designed by geometer William Thurston. She decided to make more durable models, and did so by crocheting them. Due to her success in this she was invited, together with her husband David Henderson, a math professor also at Cornell, to give a presentation at a Cornell workshop. Crocheted mathematical models later appeared in three geometry textbooks they wrote together, of which the most popular is Experiencing Geometry: Euclidean and non-Euclidean with History. An article about Taimina's innovation in New Scientist was spotted by the Institute For Figuring, a small non-profit organisation based in Los Angeles, and she was invited to speak about hyperbolic space and its connections with nature to a general audience which included artists and movie producers. Taimina's initial lecture and following other public presentations sparked great interest in this new tactile way of exploring concepts of hyperbolic geometry, making this advanced topic accessible to wide audiences. Originally creating purely mathematical models, Taimina soon became popular as a fiber artist and public presenter for general audiences of ages five and up. In June 2005, her work was first shown as art in an exhibition "Not The Knitting You Know" at Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, an art gallery in Washington, D.C. Since then she has participated regularly in various shows in galleries in US, UK, Latvia, Italy, Belgium, Ireland. Her artwork is in the collections of several private collectors, colleges and universities, and has been included in the American Mathematical Model Collection of the Smithsonian Museum, Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Institut Henri Poincaré. Taimina's book "Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes" won the 2009 Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year.Taimina won the 2012 Euler Book Prize of the Mathematical Association of America.

JEANNINE HAN, Educator, Artist & Designer
Jeannine first joined Parsons in Spring 2014. She has taught courses in Design Studio, Creative Technical, Textiles, Specialized Studio-Materiality, Fashion Materiality, and Body as Form. Her honors include a Sculpture Center Commission (Long Island City), the Smart Textiles Award (Sweden) and a KU grant (Sweden). She recently completed two artist residencies in Lithuania. She has taught courses in Design Studio, Creative Technical, Textiles, Specialized Studio-Materiality, Fashion Materiality, and Body as Form. Her honors include a Sculpture Center Commission (Long Island City), the Smart Textiles Award (Sweden) and a KU grant (Sweden). She recently completed two artist residencies in Lithuania. Jeannine has worked as a product designer at Google Creative Labs NY, a designer at American Apparel,  and a designer for East Coast Knits. Jeannine was educated at the Swedish School of Textiles (MFA, textile design and fashion design) and UCLA (BFA, design/media arts), and completed post studies in fine arts at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. ner for East Coast Knits. Jeannine was educated at the Swedish School of Textiles (MFA, textile design and fashion design) and UCLA (BFA, design/media arts), and completed post studies in fine arts at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. 

HOME & LIFESTYLE TRENDS 2018
Jul
22
9:30 am09:30

HOME & LIFESTYLE TRENDS 2018

  • Edelkoort Inc - The Townhouse

2018 HOME & LIFESTYLE TRENDS

presented by Philip Fimmano

09:30 HOME & LIFESTYLE 2018 - NEW MATERIALISM, NEW COLORS & NEW MODERNISM

11:00 MILAN REPORT 

11:30 BOLD: STUDIO JOB 

11:45 approximate end

NEW MATERIALISM

Recent philosophy has rekindled the discussion about the material mind. This movement is called New Materialism and it advocates the vibrancy of matter, something that animists and shamans have believed for centuries: that matter has its own force and possess a mind of its own, that all other physical and mental processes are animated by the raw power of these substances – the result being matter upon matter, materializing the strong bonds people need to survive in the encroaching virtual web, which is jeopardizing our perception of tactility and human interaction.

Young designers are certainly leading this conversation with their inventions; using new machines to serve their purposes, reprogramming antiquated robots to construct their designs, hacking 3D printers to boost their ceramic forms and repurposing old mechanical looms for contemporary creation. Suddenly the machine is no longer the antithesis and enemy of making but the handmaid of the designer: enabling, embellishing and advancing creative production processes. Man and machine finally merge and become one.

* Guests receive a copy of "BOLD: Studio Job"

Tickets: $275 per person  
$185 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

For tickets please contact: tickets@edelkoortinc.com

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

S/S 2018 ACTIVEWEAR TRENDS
Jul
21
5:00 pm17:00

S/S 2018 ACTIVEWEAR TRENDS

  • Edelkoort Inc.

 

SPRING / SUMMER 2018 ACTIVEWEAR TRENDS

BIO-ATHLETICS

FUTURE AESTHETICS INSPIRED BY NATURE

presented by Philip Fimmano

05:00pm start

06:15pm approx. end

In bio engineering, insects in are helping diverse industries with new endeavours; from butterfly wings that are studied to understand structural colouration versus pigmentation, to spider silks dreamed up as bulletproof vests and Kevlar-strength textiles or termite mounds examined by architects in order to rethink sustainable buildings. Evolution and innovation are now walking hand in hand.

Activewear is one such industry taking its cues from the insect realm, inspired by the social structures of their societies as much as by insects’ physical attributes to imagine the most futuristic of forms, colours and materials. Insects are made up of a head, thorax and abdomen, the same three areas of interest in today’s active archetypes: focusing on the mind, heart and core. Added to this are their multiple articulations to ply, train and expand the body, their agility when taking flight or their acute “sensurround” vision; since we too seek to be evermore dextrous and perceptive of our terrain.

Tickets: $250 per person  
$175 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

For tickets please contact: tickets@edelkoortinc.com

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

S/S 18 TREND & COLOR PREVIEW
Jul
21
11:15 am11:15

S/S 18 TREND & COLOR PREVIEW

  • Edelkoort Inc - The Townhouse

S/S 18 TREND & COLOR PREVIEW

presented by Philip Fimmano

11:15 SPRING / SUMMER 2018 TREND & COLOR PREVIEW

12:45 approximate end 

Tickets: $395 per person  
$250 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

For tickets please contact: tickets@edelkoortinc.com

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

TRANSITION
spring / summer 2018

The world is in flux and culture responds with fragments of ideas, sketches of innovative forms and creative utopian concepts. We look forward to ambiguous and rather unfathomable times, tasting moments of promises, and experiencing instants of doubt, knowing that much is wrong in a society witnessing the decline of its institutions. We are living a bipolar moment where we can go from a jubilant personal experience to dismal public aggression, from an absolute high when encountering the outdoors to a depressing down living in the outskirts of gentrified cities; a transversal construction of time and space. As always textiles and clothes react with precise imprecise design directions, blurring borders, obscuring codes, transforming patterns and transfiguring shapes. Amazing creative forces are unleashed and will help change happen more rapidly than expected. It is as if fashion starts waking up from its long self-induced sleep and, although still sleepwalking, is wandering into newer and more audacious, abstract realms of realization.

 

FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS
Jul
21
9:00 am09:00

FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS

  • Edelkoort Inc - The Townhouse

FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS

A LABOUR OF LOVE: CLOTHES THAT WORK AS HARD AS WE DO

presented by Philip Fimmano

08:30 doors open

09:00 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 COLOURS - LET THERE BE LIGHT 

09:30 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 FASHION & TEXTILES - A LABOUR OF LOVE (including Audiovisual)

11:00 approximate end

* Guests receive a miniature FW 2017-18 trend book!

A garment can be so spectacular that we don’t even have to act or talk; it speaks for itself, the job is done. Clothes are destined to help us be and express ourselves. They are invented to do the work and guide and protect people. Garment and textile design is therefore the science of human experiences and their repercussions on the weight of a fabric, the tactility of a yarn, the nobility of a fibre. This notion is beginning to infiltrate the world of fashion design and is producing a young generation of post-pragmatic designers that produce – as the formidable Suzy Menkes calls them – clothes that work as hard as we do. Therefore the designing of clothes will become the latest mantra. Garments that are gathered in their own right.

There is a new reality check included in the creative process that makes women search for flat footwear, moving shapes and layered items, a process of normalization that nevertheless produces exceptional creations at times. And sets designers free to focus on materials and colours, to embellish and elevate the normal to a hard-core avant-gardist position, able to sprout a totally different sense of fashions to come. Cut is constructed and engineered, detailing is practical and hands on, fabrics are performing and mobile, layering is purist and simplified. Allure is given by volume and weight. Style will be operative to produce and seduce at the same time. 

The working garment will be infused with the labour of love.

Tickets: $380 per person  
$185 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

For tickets please contact: tickets@edelkoortinc.com

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

 

LA: FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES, COLORS & LIFESTYLE
Jul
12
9:30 am09:30

LA: FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES, COLORS & LIFESTYLE

  • MOCA MUSEUM LA

FW 17-18 FASHION,TEXTILES,COLORS & LIFESTYLE

THE LABOUR OF LOVE: CLOTHES THAT WORK AS HARD AS WE DO

presented by Philip Fimmano

 

A garment can be so spectacular that we don’t even have to act or talk; it speaks for itself, the job is done. Clothes are destined to help us be and express ourselves. They are invented to do the work and guide and protect people. Garment and textile design is therefore the science of human experiences and their repercussions on the weight of a fabric, the tactility of a yarn, the nobility of a fibre. This notion is beginning to infiltrate the world of fashion design and is producing a young generation of post-pragmatic designers that produce – as the formidable Suzy Menkes calls them – clothes that work as hard as we do. Therefore the designing of clothes will become the latest mantra. Garments that are gathered in their own right.

The working garment will be infused with the labour of love.

09:00 doors open

9:30 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 COLORS - LET THERE BE LIGHT 

9:50 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 FASHION & TEXTILES - A LABOUR OF LOVE, including Audiovisual

11:00 short break

11:20 ALL ROADS: the inspiring textiles of Janelle Pietrzak

Janelle Pietrzak is a renowned textile artist who creates textiles, fine art and site specific installations. Her commercial collaborations include Anthropologie, Cone Denim, J.Crew, One Kings Lane, Peter Marino Architects, Proenza Schouler, Ulla Johnson and Urban Outfitters.


11:45 2018 HOME & LIFESTYLE TRENDS


1:00 approximate end

Tickets: $380 per person  
$185 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

* Guests receive a miniature FW 2017-18 trend book!

Photography & filming are not permitted at this event

TICKETS HERE 

TALKING TEXTILES : THE RETURN OF REGIONAL PRODUCTION
May
3
10:30 am10:30

TALKING TEXTILES : THE RETURN OF REGIONAL PRODUCTION

  • Tishman Auditorium

At a time when textile heritage is at a crossroads and most production has moved abroad, a new current of local mills are making waves by showing us how weaving is being revived just around the corner. Whether producing small runs of creative cloth or honoring age-old knowledge and artisan technical skills, industrial factories and design studios are now being transformed. There’s clearly hope at the end of the tunnel and regional production is back! Join us in New York to look at the local players that are TALKING American-made TEXTILES again!

FULL PROGRAM: 

10:30 doors open
11:00 THE RETURN OF REGIONAL PRODUCTION welcome by LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT, Trend Forecaster & Dean of Hybrid Studies, The New School

11:15 PRESERVATION 101: Documenting America’s Remaining Textile Factories by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE, Photographer, New York

11:30 WEAVING 101: Made in America 2.0 by JACOB LONG, CEO, American Woolen Company, Connecticut

12:00 speaker to be announced

12:30 FIBER 101: The Unveiling of Spider Silk by JAMIE BAINBRIDGE, Vice President of Product Development, Bolt Threads, California

1:00 touch break

2:00 SUSTAINABILITY 101: Leading Textiles Towards 2020 by INKA APTER, Facilitating Leader of Fabric Development, Eileen Fisher, New York

2:30 speaker to be announced

3:00 CARPET 101: Craftsmanship Made in the South by ROYCE EPSTEIN, Director of Design Segment, Mohawk Group

3:30 The Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize - Winner Announcement by DOROTHY WAXMAN & PHILIP FIMMANO, Director, Edelkoort Inc., New York

3:45 approximate end

(program subject to minor changes)

Free admission for Students & Faculty

$150 for Creative Minds

tickets here

 

SPEAKERS PROFILES:

LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT Trend Forecaster & Dean of Hybrid Studies, The New School
Li Edelkoort is arguably the world's most famous trend forecaster and colourist, working in industries from design and fashion to food, architecture, beauty, communication, automotive, and retail. Founded in 1986, her company Trend Union produces trend tools for strategists, designers and marketers at brands from Zara to Prada. She is also a publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator. In 2011, she launched an interactive online trend forum called TrendTablet.com. She has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Fashion and by Icon as one of the Most Influential People in Design. Edelkoort is the recipient of numerous accolades and since 2015 is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons The New School in New York. Her much-talked about ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry.


CHRISTOPHER PAYNE
Photographer, New York

Christopher Payne specializes in architectural photography and the large format documentation of America's industrial heritage. Trained as an architect, he is fascinated by design, assembly, and the built form. His first book, New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), offered dramatic, rare views of the behemoth machines that are hidden behind modest facades in New York City. His second book, Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals (MIT Press, 2009), was the result of a seven-year survey of America’s vast and largely shuttered state mental institutions. Payne’s photographs invoke the former grandeur of the site over different seasons, capturing hints of buried streets and infrastructure now reclaimed by nature, while also providing a unique glimpse into a city’s future without people. Payne’s recent work is a series in progress on the American textile industry, veering away from the documentation of the obsolete towards a celebration of craftsmanship and small-scale manufacturing that are persevering in the face of global competition and evolutions in industrial processes. Payne has been awarded grants from the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been featured in publications around the world and several times in special presentations by the New York Times Magazine. 


JACOB LONG
CEO, American Woolen Company, Connecticut

Jacob Harrison Long leads American Woolen Company, Inc. While working in Milan from 2006 to 2012, Jacob developed extensive contacts in as well as a deep appreciation for the Italian textile and apparel industry with its focus on product quality and luxury versus the large-scale, commodity-oriented manufacturing that typifies the U.S. textile industry. He acquired the assets of American Woolen Company and Warren Mills in order to replicate the European approach to local textile manufacturing in the United States. American Woolen Company is a prominent name in the story of American textiles. As the leading producer of worsted and woolen cloth at the beginning of the 20th century, American Woolen Company owned and operated 58 textile mills throughout New England and employed over 40,000 people. The company was recognized for its superior product quality as well as its focus on innovative manufacturing processes, a distinction that helped it maintain a competitive edge in an extremely challenging industry. In 2014, the new American Woolen Company relaunched its business through the purchase of Warren Mills, a Stafford Springs, Connecticut based textile mill. Founded in 1853, Warren Mills was originally America’s most prominent manufacturer of fine camel hair and cashmere woolen fabrics. Today, Warren Mills is the manufacturing headquarters of American Woolen Company. It is the only domestic mill capable of producing the highest qualities of both worsted and woolen cloth. American Woolen Company is committed to bringing back the jobs and technical mastery required to make the finest natural fiber fabrics in the world, in America.


JAMIE BAINBRIDGE
Vice President of Product Development, Bolt Threads, California

Jamie Bainbridge is Vice President of Product Development at Bolt Threads, where she engages the best minds in the textile industry to tackle every aspect of yarn and textile development. Previously, Jamie managed the product and fabric development teams for Nau Clothing, a brand focused on sustainable manufacturing practices; her past experience also includes research and development and innovation work at brands such as Nike and Patagonia. She serves as the chair of the advisory council for the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group. Bolt Threads believes that answers to our most vexing problems can be found in nature. Every day the company is inspired by the amazing materials they work with, and driven by the desire to turn these materials into incredible products. Bolt Threads is a venture backed, idea driven company, led by world-class scientific and engineering talent, as well as experienced executives from the technology and apparel industries. Stay tuned - with the arrival of spider silk, they are planning to change your clothes in 2016!


INKA APTER
Facilitating Manager of Fabric R&D, Eileen Fisher, New York

In roughly two decades at Eileen Fisher, Inka Apter has seen a number of our US mills close. That trend is starting to reverse itself and the brand is doing everything it can to support domestic fabric production. As such, Apter and her team devote a lot of R&D time to following up on new US manufacturing leads. By 2050, the global economy is projected to consume three planets' worth of resources annually. To change that trajectory, Eileen Fisher is committing to less. Leaving less fabric waste on the cutting room floor. Using less water—25% less in the case of its bluesign® certified dyehouse in China and emitting less carbon. The company is investing in alternative energy and cutting its reliance on air shipping. By 2020 Eileen Fisher's US operations won't just be carbon neutral, they'll be carbon positive. The label pledges to use the most sustainable fibers it can lay its hands on. All its cotton and linen will be organic by 2020 and its core merinos will get an ethical makeover: Eileen Fisher will use wool from sheep that are humanely raised—on land that is sustainably managed. The brand is also determined to wean itself off rayon—Tencel® has much better chemistry. It's taking a new look at polyester and if it's recycled, they're in! And the company is making progress: By 2020, roughly 30% of Eileen Fisher's product will be bluesign® certified and all the linen it uses will be organic. No synthetic pesticides, no synthetic herbicides. This world leader in sustainability is committed to using the best ingredients with the least possible impact—from the farm to the factory to the customer's closet. After almost 20 years at the company, sourcing and developing fabrics with mills across the globe, Inka's passion for the fibers, textiles and know-how of the textile industry has grown into quest for ever more beautiful and sustainable product, leading her into new ventures with like-minded producers and innovative frontiers for development.


ROYCE EPSTEIN
Director of Design Segment, Mohawk Group

Ever since Mohawk rolled out its first carpets in 1878, the company has built quality into every flooring product it makes. Mohawk continues that tradition today with revolutionary product innovation, award-winning design, and a talented team. Dedicated to running our business in the best way it can, and to making a positive impact in communities, Mohawk's mission is to create innovative products that make life better. Creative Director Royce Epstein will discuss this creative process and how Mohawk is proud to assemble 100% of its carpet products in the United States—and proud to lead the industry as a trusted brand in flooring. Mohawk takes this leadership role seriously: it invests heavily in environmentally responsible practices, from developing renewably sourced products to keeping its facilities and delivery systems streamlined and efficient. 

FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS
Apr
28
8:30 am08:30

FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS

  • Tishman auditorium

FW 17-18 FASHION,TEXTILES,COLORS & ACTIVEWEAR

THE LABOUR OF LOVE: CLOTHES THAT WORK AS HARD AS WE DO

presented by Lidewij Edelkoort

 

A garment can be so spectacular that we don’t even have to act or talk; it speaks for itself, the job is done. Clothes are destined to help us be and express ourselves. They are invented to do the work and guide and protect people. Garment and textile design is therefore the science of human experiences and their repercussions on the weight of a fabric, the tactility of a yarn, the nobility of a fibre. This notion is beginning to infiltrate the world of fashion design and is producing a young generation of post-pragmatic designers that produce – as the formidable Suzy Menkes calls them – clothes that work as hard as we do. Therefore the designing of clothes will become the latest mantra. Garments that are gathered in their own right.

The working garment will be infused with the labour of love.

08:00 doors open

09:05 WELCOME by Philip Fimmano

09:15 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 COLOURS - LET THERE BE LIGHT by Lidewij Edelkoort

09:45 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 FASHION & TEXTILES - A LABOUR OF LOVE by Lidewij Edelkoort, including Audiovisual

11:15 2016 TALKING TEXTILES FINALISTS, featuring interior & fashion fabrics by Philip Fimmano

11:25 short break

11:40 THE 2016 MILAN DESIGN REPORT by Philip Fimmano

11:55 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 ACTIVE FASHIONS & LIFESTYLES - HIGHER GOALS by Lidewij Edelkoort

12:45 approximate end

Tickets: $380 per person  
$185 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

* Guests receive a miniature FW 2017-18 trend book!

TICKETS HERE

09:15 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 COLOURS - LET THERE BE LIGHT by Lidewij Edelkoort

09:45 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 FASHION & TEXTILES - A LABOUR OF LOVE by Lidewij Edelkoort, including Audiovisual

There is a new reality check included in the creative process that makes women search for flat footwear, moving shapes and layered items, a process of normalization that nevertheless produces exceptional creations at times. And sets designers free to focus on materials and colours, to embellish and elevate the normal to a hard-core avant-gardist position, able to sprout a totally different sense of fashions to come. Cut is constructed and engineered, detailing is practical and hands on, fabrics are performing and mobile, layering is purist and simplified. Allure is given by volume and weight. Style will be operative to produce and seduce at the same time. 

11:30 FALL / WINTER 2017-18 ACTIVE FASHIONS & LIFESTYLES - HIGHER GOALS by Lidewij Edelkoort

When we consider the two disciplines of sport and art, it is no wonder they are attracted to each other. In essence the work of an artist needs as much concentration, perseverance, training and hardship, mixed with a bit of luck as the career of an Olympic sports hero. In both cases the ultimate arena is difficult to reach; the podium the holy grail. To stimulate the spirit the goals are set beyond reach. The message of higher goals is extremely dominant in this cultural catalogue where artists from all over the world pick active sports as a source of inspiration in colour choices, stripes and patterns, material research and subject matter. It shows how the two domains of art and sport can grow together and become a new hybrid, lending aesthetic keys and notions of social change from each other. Today young football players are trained together with young dancers, to teach the sportsmen grace and lightness and the dancers strategy and perseverance. It exemplifies the fact that the healthy concept of body and soul is a major lifestyle phenomenon; integrating activewear and active behaviour into all aspects of society.

 

ACTIVEWEAR BREAKFAST WITH LI EDELKOORT
Mar
9
9:00 am09:00

ACTIVEWEAR BREAKFAST WITH LI EDELKOORT

  • The Townhouse

THE ART OF SPORT

AUTUMN / WINTER 2017-18

presented by Lidewij Edelkoort


When we consider the two disciplines of sport and art, it is no wonder they are attracted to each other. In essence the work of an artist needs as much concentration, perseverance, training and hardship, mixed with a bit of luck as the career of an Olympic sports hero. In both cases the ultimate arena is difficult to reach; the podium the holy grail. To stimulate the spirit the goals are set beyond reach. The message of higher goals is extremely dominant in this cultural catalogue where artists from all over the world pick active sports as a source of inspiration in colour choices, stripes and patterns, material research and subject matter. It shows how the two domains of art and sport can grow together and become a new hybrid, lending aesthetic keys and notions of social change from each other. Today young football players are trained together with young dancers, to teach the sportsmen grace and lightness and the dancers strategy and perseverance. It exemplifies the fact that the healthy concept of body and soul is a major lifestyle phenomenon; integrating activewear and active behaviour into all aspects of society.

$175 for current Trend Union book clients
$250 general admission
-10% discount for bookings of 4+

bonus: includes Li’s new A/W 2017-18 fashion & textiles audiovisual!!

TICKETS HERE

PREVIEW | FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS
Jan
21
5:00 pm17:00

PREVIEW | FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS

  • The Townhouse

FW 17-18 FASHION, TEXTILES & COLORS

A LABOUR OF LOVE: CLOTHES THAT WORK AS HARD AS WE DO

presented by Lidewij Edelkoort

 

A garment can be so spectacular that we don’t even have to act or talk; it speaks for itself, the job is done. Clothes are destined to help us be and express ourselves. They are invented to do the work and guide and protect people. Garment and textile design is therefore the science of human experiences and their repercussions on the weight of a fabric, the tactility of a yarn, the nobility of a fibre. This notion is beginning to infiltrate the world of fashion design and is producing a young generation of post-pragmatic designers that produce – as the formidable Suzy Menkes calls them – clothes that work as hard as we do. Therefore the designing of clothes will become the latest mantra. Garments that are gathered in their own right.

There is a new reality check included in the creative process that makes women search for flat footwear, moving shapes and layered items, a process of normalization that nevertheless produces exceptional creations at times. And sets designers free to focus on materials and colours, to embellish and elevate the normal to a hard-core avant-gardist position, able to sprout a totally different sense of fashions to come. Cut is constructed and engineered, detailing is practical and hands on, fabrics are performing and mobile, layering is purist and simplified. Allure is given by volume and weight. Style will be operative to produce and seduce at the same time. 

The working garment will be infused with the labour of love.

SOLD OUT!

Tickets: $395 per person  
$250 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

SS 2017 EMANCIPATION | TRENDS, COLOURS & LIFESTYLE
Jan
12
9:30 am09:30

SS 2017 EMANCIPATION | TRENDS, COLOURS & LIFESTYLE

  • MOCA

presented by Philip Fimmano

Program:

09:30 doors open

10:00 SPRING / SUMMER 2017: THE EMANCIPATION OF COLOUR 

10:30 audiovisual presentation

11:00 SPRING / SUMMER 2017: THE EMANCIPATION OF EVERYTHING

11:45 short break

12:00 HOME & LIFESTYLE 2017: TURNING IN CIRCLES 

1:00 approximate end

*guests receive a miniature SS 17 trend book!

 

General Admission: $350 or $175 for current Trend Union clients
Group Admission (4+): 10% discount

Purchase tickets here or please contact Chloe Sos

chloe@edelkoortinc.com | T. +1 212 420 7622

SS 2017 MENSWEAR | Details
Dec
4
10:45 am10:45

SS 2017 MENSWEAR | Details

  • The Townhouse

S/S 2017 MENSWEAR | Details

presented by RAVAGE (Clemens Rameckers & Arnold van Geuns)

 

Menswear trends continue to give an extensive set of guidelines that define and regulate garment creation. The designers have to work within these boundaries. Silhouettes evolve ever so slightly, but they do so constantly. By studying the guidelines, designers discover the importance of THE DETAIL. In a clean, sober or strict design, one single detail must grab the attention. Quality of detail, not quantity, will give depth and relevance to the design. The detail becomes the jewel that sets the garment apart.

True design reflects the maker’s craft. Carefully studied and well-made garments will have refined, surprising, luxurious and clever details. Each detail, be it a stitching, a pocket, a button, a print or a color, represents a choice in the designing process. A choice made after careful consideration. No element is unplanned. Analysing the characteristic elements of iconic garments reveals their essence. It allows reduction. A garment’s simplicity forces the aesthetics and the function of the details to be in perfect harmony. An amplified detail, can have the function of a candidly placed Brand logo. It stimulates recognition. A distinctive print, a stitch, a coloure or a graphic element can be used throughout the season’s collection. Designers do battle with each other in the quest for creating the most recognizable brand detail!

Tickets here

Tickets: $250 per person  
$175 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

SS 2017 ACTIVEWEAR | The Tribalisation of Sports
Dec
4
9:30 am09:30

SS 2017 ACTIVEWEAR | The Tribalisation of Sports

  • The Townhouse

SS 2017 ACTIVEWEAR | THE TRIBALISATION OF SPORTS

presented by Daniel Costa

 

Now the world is rapidly changing, people are coming together as one. This takes out the essence of personalized combat and makes the quest for uniqueness obsolete. Suddenly personal sports become team sports and personal games become gathering parties. Running together, rafting in teams, aiming in gangs, flying in circles, dancing in drifts. Table tennis becomes a tribal event, golf becomes a family gathering, basketball a social source of exchange. Sharing as much as challenging.

The implications of this huge societal reversal are numerous and joyful, permitting society to grow, people to grow up, brands to grow stronger based on messages and strategies of oneness and togetherness. A holistic approach to design will be the result where peer recognition will be the foremost quality of the creative processes, using fetishis- tic, animistic and tribal ideas and concepts to reach out to the new consumer clans. Codes and symbols will be invented to anchor the strategies of the major activewear brands, enabling consumers to read into the dress behavior of others, recognizing colours, materials and patterns that further express the mood of a certain house. The massive interest in walking, running, biking and hiking will grow under the influence of this peloton of people interested in each other as much as their physical activities. Sports will become the new place to be, to be seen, to be encountered.

Tickets here

Tickets: $250 per person  
$175 for current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)

 

 

CRAFT WORKSHOP WITH VERA VANDENBOSCH
Nov
18
9:00 am09:00

CRAFT WORKSHOP WITH VERA VANDENBOSCH

  • The Townhouse

Vera Vandenbosch's new book ‘SCRAPS: Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch’ is an illustrated guide to turning textile archives into sustainable fashionable treasures. Vera will be hosting a crafting workshop on the morning of November 18th at The Townhouse in New York. 

FREE ADMISSION WITH BOOK PURCHASE ($20)
ALL WORKSHOP MATERIALS PROVIDED!

                 

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RSVP by emailing tickets@edelkoortinc.com

TALKING TEXTILES SEMINAR
Nov
17
1:00 pm13:00

TALKING TEXTILES SEMINAR

  • Tishman Auditorium @ Parsons

THE INSPIRING EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
THAT TALKS ABOUT TEXTILES:

TRENDS, FABRICS, YARNS & TECHNIQUES

FOR THE COMING SEASONS

 

12:45 guest arrival


1:00 THE EMANCIPATION OF TEXTILES by Lidewij Edelkoort, Trend Forecaster, Trend Union & Dean of Hybrid Studies, Parsons The New School


1:40 THE EMANCIPATION OF LUXURY by Pascale Gatzen, Part-time Associate Professor, Parsons The New School & Mae Colburn


2:20 THE EMANCIPATION OF WEAVERS by David Goldsmith, Part-time Assistant Professor Parsons The New School and PhD Candidate The Swedish School of Textiles


3:00 touch break


3:20 THE EMANCIPATION OF MADRAS by Kavita Parmar, Founder, The IOU Project


4:00 THE EMANCIPATION OF YAK by Marcella Echavarria, Brand Director, Norlha


4:40 THE 2016 DOROTHY WAXMAN TEXTILE PRIZE, call for entries by Philip Fimmano, Director, Edelkoort Inc.

 

4:50 THE EMANCIPATION OF SCRAPS by Vera Vandenbosch, Author

 

5:00 end

 

Following the seminar, paying guests will be invited to The Townhouse (354 West 11th Street @ Washington) for a preview reception of a pop-up exhibition featuring the textiles collections by Norlha, IOWEYOU & Pascale Gatzen (exhibition and sale continues daily until November 22)


$150 per person / general admission
Free admission for students & faculty with a valid ID (request promo code here)
For tickets and group reservations, click here or contact us through tickets@edelkoortinc.com

 

Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters, famous for her inspirational seminars and on-point trend books which are sold to companies from Armani to Zegna. She is an intuitive thinker who constantly travels the planet tracking how socio-cultural trends influence concepts, colors and materials for products in industries as varied as design, art, architecture, interiors, food and fashion. 

Li is also a curator of international exhibitions and one of the founding members of Heartwear, a non-for-profit organisation working with craftspeople in Benin, Morocco and India. She co-founded a Humanitarianism Design Masters programme while directing the Design Academy Eindhoven and in 2005 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Aid to Artisans. In 2011, Li launched the interactive online creative forum TrendTablet.com. Since fall of 2015, she is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons The New School in New York. 

   

Pascale Gatzen is a Dutch-born artist, fashion designer, educator and founder of Friends of Light.  ‘With Light’ is a series ’ composed of five hand woven jackets made with wool yarn exclusively developed and produced in cooperation with a solar and wind powered farm and mill in the Hudson Valley, New York. The jackets are reminiscent of Coco Chanel’s work and are designed to be worn with comfort, ease and care. The jackets are all woven to form, on hand made looms, advancing and combining ancient weaving techniques to produce distinct pattern pieces that are interlaced to complete a jacket. Each jacket takes approximately 150 hours to make.

Gatzen is a graduate of the fashion department at ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem. Along with five other graduates, she showed as Le Cri Néerlandais, the first Dutch fashion designers to have a runway show in Paris. Gatzen continued to work as a fashion designer for several years, ultimately completing her graduate education at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, studying fine arts as well as philosophy. Embracing fashion as a mode of human togetherness, the focus of both her artistic practice and her teaching is on the relational aspects of fashion, and on advancing reciprocal models of production and exchange. As an Associate Professor of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, over the past 7 years she has developed and implemented an alternative fashion curriculum with an emphasis on radical compassion. She is currently involved in establishing a worker cooperative for local textile production in the Hudson Valley, NY. Her work has been shown and published internationally.

For more information: pascale.gatzen@gmail.com

Pascale will be joined by fellow Friends of Light member Mae Colburn. She is currently enrolled in an M.A. in design history at Parsons with a focus on contemporary tapestry, a medium she also engages in practice. Colburn has contributed research and writing to state and national efforts to bolster regional textile economies, among them a New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs program to connect fiber and textile enterprises across the state, and a Norwegian initiative to integrate the country's wool supply chain. As a Curatorial Fellow at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, she compiled research on fashion and interior textiles made in the United States. Colburn is a regular contributor to the Fashion Projects blog. 

David Goldsmith has been studying sustainability-aiming handloom textile production at WomenWeave, Maheshwar, India. Goldsmith is an adjunct professor of textiles at Parsons School of Design at The New School, and a PhD candidate at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden. He has been associated with WomenWeave for almost a decade. 

WomenWeave, based in Maheshwar, India, was founded in 2002 as a Charitable Trust for the purposes of creating livelihoods through the weaving of naya khadi-well designed and well made modern incarnations of Gandhian-era homespun fabrics. WomenWeave currently guides two financially self-sustaining, democratically-organized cooperative social enterprises, The Gudi Mudi Project and The Khatkhata Project.

Together, these enterprises provide economic stability, social inclusion and community to more than 200 people, the majority of whom were previously economically, educationally, and socially disempowered women. All of their fabrics are handwoven, either by traditional weavers or by those newly trained in traditional techniques. Many of their fabrics are made with organic, handspun cotton, tussah silk, and wool, and are naturally dyed using stringent environmentally processes. Their goods, in the form of shawls, scarves, sarees, and yardage, represent the epitome of a location-specific but globally-relevant artisanal aesthetic, and are sold to progressive retailers in India and more than twenty other countries.

WomenWeave’s success in bringing attractive, unusual—and unusually meaningful—textiles into fashion, and their achievements bringing bottom of the pyramid individuals into lives of increased prosperity can be considered from many points of view. Goldsmith's presentation will focus on the material and artisanal aspects of the textiles, the purposes and management approach of the enterprise model, and the relevance of both in terms of the movement toward long term strategies for achieving environmental sustainability, socio-economic well-being, and cultural vitality.

For more information: davidgoldsmith@earthlink.net

   

Kavita Parmar is the founder and creative director of the IOU Project. Despite success formerly as a fashion designer for European and American brands, Parmar grew frustrated that the fashion system did not nurture “BIG Design”. Rather than designing production around an eco-system and making it sustainable, and protecting and actively promoting excellent craftsmanship and artisanship, she felt the fashion industry had become a race to produce faster and cheaper, not better. Societal concerns, she believed, were largely ignored. Consequently in late 2010 she decided to create a collection for her Madrid store that took into account first and foremost, the needs of the artisans – then mainly in India, while giving the client a well-crafted article made specifically for them.

Working directly with more than 250 weavers, out of a total community of 200,000 weavers, artisan-woven fabrics are used to make unique garments and fashion items for men and women. Acting as sales facilitators and promoters, with the complete IOU Project inventory to choose from, “Trunk Show Hosts” select items for display and sale on their own “trunk show” web sites as well as sharing their selection through social networks and personal e-mail links. The artisans receive a fair price for their items when sold while the hosts get a commission which can be, and often is, shared by them with the designers and weavers. 

As an integral part of the IOU Project, a system was developed whereby each fabric is given a unique QR barcode code that is attached to individual items of apparel so that customers can trace their purchase back to the artisans involved in making that piece.  Customers are encouraged, for instance, to post photos of themselves wearing their selected garment on the IOU Project site so that textile weavers can enjoy a direct connection with the end user of their production.

The IOU Project has provided an ethical supply-chain for connecting workers and artisans in emerging economies directly with their customers, generally in industrialized countries. Public interest in the IOU Project is evidenced by the more than 200,000 blog entries generated to date.This greater awareness of workers as individuals and creative artisans has the potential to address social issues related to social and labour conditions in emerging countries. A level of personal interaction can serve to reduce instances of unsafe working conditions and exploitative child labour. The approach taken by the IOU Project in the fashion industry is already being applied by Parmar in the manufacturing of shoes and home goods. Further application will be limited only by the imagination of artisans, designers and distributors. The IOU Project is a clear and powerful statement of “Leave No One Behind.”

www.iouproject.com

Marcella Echavarria is a Medellín-born, New York-based lifestyle specialist. She has collaborated with artisans around the world to develop links between their vanishing communities and other developed markets. She is the creative director and brand manager of Norlha, a pioneering Tibetan textile company transforming the lives of hundreds of Tibetans, creating sophisticated yak-fiber fabrics for fashion, home and hospitality. 

Echavarria has worked with the tourism authorities in South Africa and Peru to produce publications dedicated to new developments in experiential travel, innovative and traditional cuisine as well as luxury goods incorporating indigenous artisanship. She works with companies and individuals, consulting on branding and interiors and designing bespoke travel experiences. 

Echavarria received a B.A. in history and literature from Brown University and an M.A. in Sustainable Development from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá. She contributes regularly to different magazines in both South America and the US about travel, design and food. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, Departures, W, Domino, Martha Stewart Living, Elle Decoration (UK) and Elle (US). Echavarria has served as the Editor of Harpers Bazaar Latin America and most recently as Deputy Editor of HandEye magazine, the sustainable lifestyle publication.

www.marcellaechavarria.com

Vera Vandenbosch is a Belgian-born New York-based author and creative thinker. A graduate of the renowned fashion department at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, she formerly worked as a stylist, writer and photographer for Trend Union in Paris. This was followed by her move to New York where she spearheads the marketing initiatives of renowned home furnishings, textiles and interior design companies. In her spare time, Vera shops at as many flea markets as possible, has at least a dozen craft projects going and blogs at www.style-diaries.com. Her book ‘SCRAPS: Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch’ is a new illustrated guide to turning textile archives into sustainable fashionable treasures. Vandenbosch is the author of two other craft books: 'Bungee Band Bracelets’ and ‘Mini Macramé’.

SS 2017 EMANCIPATION | TRENDS, COLOURS & LIFESTYLE
Nov
17
9:00 am09:00

SS 2017 EMANCIPATION | TRENDS, COLOURS & LIFESTYLE

  • TISHMAN AUDITORIUM @ PARSONS

 

Program:

08:30 doors open

09:15 SPRING / SUMMER 2017: THE EMANCIPATION OF EVERYTHING presented by Li Edelkoort

10:15 audiovisual presentation

10:45 SPRING / SUMMER 2017: THE EMANCIPATION OF COLOUR presented by Li Edelkoort

11:15 short break

11:30 HOME & LIFESTYLE 2017: TURNING IN CIRCLES presented by Li Edelkoort

12:30 end

*guests receive a miniature SS 17 trend book!

 

THE EMANCIPATION OF EVERYTHING

As the long-awaited follow-up to Trend Union’s ANTI_FASHION season, this seminar will present SS 2017’s colours, textiles and styles. Radical change is needed to give shape to the 21st century, at last! A huge wave of innovation and rethinking needs to be set in motion, emancipating everything for everyone, every step of the way. We can review a colour, rethink a textile and rekindle a style as well as revolutionising the retail system of retail from within. With the parting of the old ways, the rupture with tradition and the detachment from generalised greed, we can envision a new departure with a disconnected and removed way of working, giving room to intuition and inspiration, free from self-imposed conventions and self-invented logic.

HOME & LIFESTYLE 2017

Li will also be presenting Turning in Circles, the latest Home & Lifestyle seminar. The circle is a potent social symbol of inclusiveness and togetherness; of a universal vision on our planet and our milky ways of life. The rounder edge of materials will deliver design for a softer and more harmonious interior and the round shapes of lighting will be emanating in a softer fashion, as if they possess an aura. Form will be further pushed to a perfected sphere with round tables, round stools and round carpets. In the process, legs will be turned, ceramics thrown and structures bended to abide by the rule of the round, confirming the remarkable return of the decorative arts. The result is a circular lifestyle forecast, which has no beginning and no end and can be turned round and round for inspiration in creation, information on colours and the realisation of materials.

General Admission: $375 or $175 for current Trend Union clients
Group Admission (4+): 10% discount

Purchase tickets here or please contact Chloe Sos

chloe@edelkoortinc.com | T. +1 212 420 7622

NEW HOTEL & TRAVEL TREND SEMINAR
Nov
9
5:00 pm17:00

NEW HOTEL & TRAVEL TREND SEMINAR

  • NEW ADDRESS! THE TOWNHOUSE

To coincide with the BDNY hotel & hospitality trade fair, Edelkoort Inc. presents new architecture and lifestyle trends for those working in hotels, travel, well-being & service

3 inspiring speakers will feature in this unique trend event! 

Architects and hotel designers will embrace guests in environments that envelop them and continuously reflect their needs. As clients become increasingly sophisticated, travelers will develop new notions about luxury, comfort, wellness and personalised service – a humanisation of the independent hotel industry will therefore be needed, one in which the customer comes first. Set in nature, highly inspiring architectural archetypes will explore the design, materials and ideas that will most captivate global consumers in the years to come.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON FUTURE HOTELS

presented by Philip Fimmano, Director, Edelkoort Inc.

 

TREND TRAVEL

presented by Chloe Sos, Contributing Editor, Trend Tablet

Traveling is an essential part of lifestyle trends today. We enjoy the experience of being somewhere else, meeting new people and exploring unfamiliar colors and landscapes…

In this presentation, you will travel with us through beautiful images and evocative stories to learn about the latest awe-inspiring trend destinations.

DESIGNING TOMORROW’S INTERIORS

presented by Chuck Chewning, Creative Director, Donghia & Director of Interior Design, Studio Rubelli

Chuck Chewning is an international hotel design expert. As head of Studio Rubelli, he is responsible for prestigious interior design projects around the world, including the much-celebrated restoration of the historic Gritti Palace in Venice for Starwood’s Luxury Collection which won the International Hotel & Property Award. Chewning’s attention to conceptual design development, documentation and management couples with his cross-cultural experience gathered from years spent in London, Istanbul and Milan. Chewning has received awards for his work at The Prince de Galles hotel in Paris, The Grande Bretagne in Athens and the One&Only Kanuhura resort in the Maldives. He will share his humanistic approach to creating unique hotel experiences that remain in our imaginations long after we return home.


$350 per person

$175 (for current Trend Union clients)

- 10% discount for groups of 4+

Purchase tickets at tickets@edelkoortinc.com or here

NO STRINGS ATTACHED - a confirmation of trends
Oct
13
6:00 pm18:00

NO STRINGS ATTACHED - a confirmation of trends

  • EDELKOORT INC. - THE TOWNHOUSE

LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT IS PLEASED TO PRESENT HER FIRST TREND WORKSHOP AT THE TOWNHOUSE:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th

A spring/summer 2016 analysis of trends with an eye on the future as seen by trend and fashion forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort.

Lidewij will talk about the billowing dress, the intimate sense of apparel, the rounded shoulder, the fantasy trouser, the gathering of textiles, the frills of fashions and the ribbons of romanticism.

Topics addressed:
- what are the leading directions
- what are the muses behind the emerging trends
- what will be the key items and colors
- how to discern the dominant fabric directions
- and how to canalize this knowledge in future design directions

"Come meet me in New York this Tuesday to look at my runway report, analysing these trends together in an interesting conversation accompanied by correlating films, trends, images - and of course drinks!" - Lidewij

$125 per person, $75 for current season Trend Union clients

RSVP by purchasing a ticket here or by emailing - tickets@edelkoortinc.com

Contact: Chloe Sos +1 212 420 76 22 - chloe@edelkoortinc.com

SS17 - ACTIVEWEAR TRENDS & PATTERNS
Sep
16
5:00 pm17:00

SS17 - ACTIVEWEAR TRENDS & PATTERNS

  • Trend Union

LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT PRESENTS

SS17 ACTIVEWEAR

Program:

5PM Activewear Trends & Patterns
6-9PM Audiovisual Presentation

Entrance fee 50 euros 
Payment by cash or credit card 

For tickets, please contact Chloe Sos @ tickets@edelkoortinc.com
T. +1 212 420 7622

SS17 - MENSWEAR TRENDS & COLOURS
Sep
15
5:00 pm17:00

SS17 - MENSWEAR TRENDS & COLOURS

  • Trend Union

Program:

5PM Menswear Trends & Colors by Clemens Rameckers
6-9PM Audiovisual

Entrance fee 50 euros 
Payment by cash or credit card 

For tickets, please contact Chloe Sos @ tickets@edelkoortinc.com
T. +1 212 420 7622

2017 HOME & LIFESTYLE
Jul
23
9:15 am09:15

2017 HOME & LIFESTYLE

  • The Abbey

The circle is a potent social symbol of inclusiveness and togetherness; of a universal vision on our planet and our milky ways of life. The rounder edge of materials will deliver design for a softer and more harmonious interior and the round shapes of lighting will be emanating in a softer fashion, as if they possess an aura. Form will be further pushed to a perfected sphere with round tables, round stools and round carpets. In the process, legs will be turned, ceramics thrown and structures bended to abide by the rule of the round, confirming the remarkable return of the decorative arts. The result is a circular lifestyle forecast, which has no beginning and no end and can be turned round and round for inspiration in creation, information on colours and the realisation of materials.

This presentation will be followed by Trend Union’s Milan Report, outlining the major product trends from this year’s Salone del Mobile; including lighting, furniture, textiles, materials and home accessories.

Guests will receive a copy of Design Oracles (French) by Lidewij Edelkoort!

Tickets: $250 / person  
$175 / current Trend Union clients
(-10% for booking 4+)
Guests will receive a copy of the Design Oracles book!

Purchase tickets here.