Carson Kressley Wins the Jefferson Spirit of Design Award

PHILADELPHIA — Emmy-Award winning style pundit, TV personality, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author Carson Kressley was on hand Thursday night at Moulin at Sherman Mills, where he received Thomas Jefferson University’s 2019 Spirit of Design Award. Previously awarded to Stuart Weitzman, John Varvatos, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, the honor is presented to designers who have made outstanding contributions to the fashion and design industry through innovation.
The audience, filled to capacity with students, parents and industry insiders, knew that that night was set to be anything but staid when the festivities were kicked off by Thom Filicia, Kressley’s original interior design cohort in their breakout show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and costar of their current show on Bravo “Get a Room With Carson and Thom.”
“Carson kind of tricked me into this,” said Filicia. “He originally told me this was the Spirit Awards. I was so excited! Ketel One vs. Grey Goose, which one’s going to win? And then I thought, wait, this is Spirit of Design Award. That’s great, too.” After a few minutes of good-natured quips that kept the audience in hysterics (“Carson told me he has an honorary doctorate

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Rocky Barnes Dabbles With Design in Latest Link With Express

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. — Rocky Barnes’ mom used to sell surf collectables at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena and the model-blogger, as a teen, used to roll her eyes at the down time spent there. Little did she know that would largely become a key part of her personal style and what fueled the inspiration for a new collection due out next month in collaboration with Express.
“I feel really, really proud of how it came together,” Barnes said Saturday in Palm Springs as she awaited taking the stage to speak at the Create & Cultivate Desert Pop-up conference. “Obviously, I’m not a designer, but I feel like the Express team really helped me mold everything together. I know there’s a million influencer capsules going on right now, but I feel like this one is really just distinctly me. I’m not scared of color. I’m not scared of patterns. It’s stuff you can mix and match. There’s not one set outfit.”
The collection is broad in its range with maxi kimonos, bodysuits, cropped tops, jumpsuits, skirts, dresses, shorts and an assortment of footwear, including Western-inspired booties and slide heels. Leopard, a mustard floral print, pale lavender and white are just some of

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See How Philippe Starck and Kartell Used A.I. to Design a Chair

Creative sectors are experimenting more with artificial intelligence as fashion shows to art exhibitions have been using the technology to generate new forms of art and ideas. Thus, designer Philippe Starck was intrigued to see how A.I. might be used to solve a design manufacturing challenge, so he teamed up with furniture manufacturers Kartell and 3D software and engineering company Autodesk. Starck and Kartell have been longtime collaborators in the past, notably for their ubiquitous masters and ghost chairs, but this was the first time they had leveraged Autodesk and its technology to design a piece of furniture.

The prompt was to create a comfortable chair engineered to fit the human body using the least amount of material possible. Held to the standards of Starck and Kartell, the chair also needed to be structurally sound enough to pass any certification requirements, along with aesthetics that were minimal and sleek.

In order to get the algorithm to start thinking about the concepts, a conversation had to be started with leading questions like, “Artificial Intelligence, do you know how we can rest our bodies using the least amount of material?” Thus, the trio went through a series of conversations and prompts to get the computer to learn what they wanted to make. The video below shows the iterative process the team went through in order to achieve the final result.

“This is a research collaboration at the pinnacle of the industrial design world, resulting in one of the most creative outcome we’ve ever tried to achieve with generative design,” stated Mark Davis, senior director of design futures at Autodesk.

The chairs, aptly titled “A.I.” made their debut at Salone del Mobile in Milan this past week, which is billed as being the world’s first production chair created using artificial intelligence.

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Calvin Klein Promotes Three Executives in Global Design and Merchandising Roles

Calvin Klein Inc. has made several key appointments to strengthen the brand’s global design and merchandising structure.
Marcella Wartenbergh has been promoted to chief merchandising officer, reporting to Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein. She will continue to serve in her role as global head of licensing and international markets. Earlier she had been president of brand management for Calvin Klein Europe, driving commercial performance of the European business across product categories, countries and channels of distribution, as well as overseeing merchandising and distribution of Calvin Klein products in Mexico.
In this new role, Wartenbergh is expected to leverage her global expertise to improve products’ commercial viability.
Ulrich Grimm has been promoted to global head of non-apparel design. He has been with Calvin Klein for more than 20 years and served as executive vice president, design, shoes and accessories.  During his time at Calvin Klein, he has built strong global alignment across the brand’s accessories, including some of the licensee categories such as eyewear and watches and jewelry. He will oversee design for accessories, footwear and home.
Suzanne Barton has been promoted to global head of close to body design. She has been with Calvin Klein for over 10 years, leading the

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Jos. A. Bank Reopens New York Flagship With Updated Design

NEW YORK — Jos. A. Bank has taken the wraps off a store design that is intended to be a more visible statement of its brand positioning.
The 13,800-square-foot flagship on Madison Avenue and 46th Street had been closed since June for the revamp and had a soft reopening on Tuesday. The official opening event is on March 19.
“We wanted our flagship in New York to represent a unique space as iconic as Madison Avenue,” said Mary Beth Blake, brand president for the Jos. A. Bank division of Tailored Brands Inc. The retailer was founded in 1905 in Baltimore and purchased by Tailored Brands, the former Men’s Wearhouse, in 2014.
The Madison Avenue store opened in 1994 and had not undergone a revamp for 25 years, Blake said.
The first hint that something has changed is seen on the awnings, which tout “the new tradition” that will be found inside. Upon entering, the customer finds 17-foot-high ceilings, custom furniture and fixtures in rich brown woods, Corian stone tops, brushed copper hardware and antique mirrors. Features intended to speak to the brand’s heritage include metallic wall coverings and architectural ornaments as well as a map of Baltimore on the walls of the staircase.
The main

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Rachael Ruddick Is Seeking Accessory Design Interns In New York, NY

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Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program

NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.

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Gucci Creative Director Responds To ‘Blackface’ Design

NEW YORK (AP) — Gucci’s creative director broke his silence Tuesday over an $ 890 sweater that resembled blackface, saying racism was never his intention.

Alessandro Michele, a design force at the Italian fashion house, lamented in a letter to employees both his own pain and “that of the people who saw in one of my creative projects an intolerable insult.”

The black sweater with a pull-up neck featured a cutout surrounded by cartoonish red lips. Michele wrote that it was not inspired by blackface but by the late Leigh Bowery, a performance artist, club promoter and fashion designer who often used flamboyant face makeup and costumes.

Regardless, Michelle said, he takes “full accountability” for the sweater, which was pulled last week amid widespread criticism.

Gucci has apologized, saying in a previous statement posted on Twitter that it was committed to diversity and considered it a “fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make.”

The balaclava-style sweater that covered the nose above the cutout was ridiculed on social media as insensitive and racist. It emerged as attention in the U.S. was focused on old photos showing politicians with their faces blackened.

Other fashion brands have made similar missteps.

In December, Prada said it was no longer selling a line of accessories that featured a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips after complaints they resembled blackface.

Michele’s internal letter was reported by the site and Women’s Wear Daily.

Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s president and CEO, told WWD, “The lack of knowledge of diversity and the consequent understanding are not at the level we expected, despite all the efforts we did inside the company in the last four years.”

The company is now “evaluating all the processes” to ensure “the right level of awareness and visibility,” he said.




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Huge Galaxy S10E leak finally reveals Samsung’s flat Galaxy S design

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Just yesterday we saw the first press renders leak for the Galaxy S10+, followed by a huge leak that showed us even more renders of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. It’s now time to check out supposed press renders featuring the phone many Galaxy S fans have been waiting for, the cheaper Galaxy S10 Lite, or Galaxy S10E, that will bring back the flat screen design you may have been missing for the past few years.

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Events across Germany mark a century of Bauhaus architecture and design

Hundreds of events across Germany this year will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Bauhaus movement, whose “form follows function” aesthetic spread around the world, shaping modern architecture and design.

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Design Trends and Real Estate: What You Need to Know

As this year draws to a close, the excitement is starting to build for a new year, and for the chance to start fresh with inspirational new trends, colors and styles. Finding the right balance between modern and trendy, while still protecting your home’s equity and appealing to a wide range of buyers, can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you navigate these decisions.

KEEP FIXED ASSETS NEUTRAL Fixed assets such as cabinets, flooring, exterior finishes and tile are more likely to become outdated and cause future buyers to be put off by what they see as a lot of extra work and expense to update.

PLAY WITH PAINT AND WALLPAPER Wallpaper and bold paint, especially in smaller spaces, can add immediate personality and style to a home, but can easily be changed out. Removable wallpaper can range from colorful dots that add whimsy to a nursery to large scale floral murals that add drama to a living room wall.

HAVE FUN WITH ACCESSORIES If there is a trend out there that makes your heart sing, go for it! Cushions, art and accessories are the quickest way to showcase the latest trends without breaking the bank. If the trend you love isn’t popular among buyers, the items can be removed when you do put your home on the market!

THE RULE OF THUMB If it is difficult or expensive to change, stick to more timeless choices. If it is easy or inexpensive to change, embrace whatever trends make you happy! Working with your local real estate and design professionals can help you make the right color, trend and design choices so you can love the home you live in now, and provide an appealing property lifestyle for future buyers! – Text by Karina Strachan, RE/Max Crest Realty,

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Nicole McLaughlin Talks Sustainable Design, Life on Adidas’ Farm and the Permanence of Books

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Three years into her consultancy with Reebok as a full-time graphic designer, Nicole McLaughlin personifies the Millennial spirit that sustainability doesn’t have to be boring.
Off the clock, the New Jersey creative repurposes vintage store and eBay finds into one-of-a-kind creations. The slides she made from a magenta JanSport backpack racked up nearly 22,000 likes a few weeks ago. And more recently a pair of pants salvaged from two Columbia Sportswear ski jackets were another winner with her followers. “I have two jobs and to be honest they influence each other,” McLaughlin said Tuesday.
Edging more toward concept designer status, she sees her role in both capacities as “how to reimagine something that exists.” The end result can be mules made from Wilson tennis balls, or an umbrella repurposed with The North Face puffer jackets. Nearing the end of a London-Paris-Amsterdam trip with Reebok, McLaughlin said she steers clear of reimagining products from Reebok competitors like Nike or Under Armour.
In New York at the end of last year for a three-month rotation at “The Farm,” the creative hub in Greenpoint run by Adidas, she worked with seven to 12 apparel, footwear, color and material designers from its Herzogenaurach, Germany, and

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Oliver Moores Debuts New Collection as Frescobol Carioca’s New Head of Design

LONDON — Frescobol Carioca, the luxury men’s wear resort brand, has appointed Oliver Moores as the new head of ready-to-wear design to expand the brand’s design offering and to oversee its growth strategy.
Moores previously served as the senior men’s wear designer at Neil Barrett and prior to that, trained at Savile Row. Moores’ debut spring 2019 collection is more daring and bold. It marks a definitive shift for the label and the designer’s intentions to transition into a lifestyle brand.
“There are only a few brands that are doing resort wear and we are missing big, key markets”, said Moores, adding that he has been designing with both the creativity and commercial appeal of clothes in mind.
“I felt that there were so many missed opportunities, there were so many new styles that the brand could be doing such as print and twinsets”, he said.
For the new collection, Moores introduced print, inspired by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, and color such as mau mau orange and lemon yellow, which Moores said had piqued the interest of buyers and “became the heaviest-bought section for the season.”
“All the pastels and washed-out colors have been some of our bestsellers and only just recently, I’ve injected black into

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Design Mistakes for Workwear

design mistakes for workwear

Here’s a fun topic we haven’t gotten into in a while: What are some of the biggest designer mistakes for workwear that you’ve seen? Things that make the garment unwearable, things that aren’t as appropriate for work as the fashion community seems to think, or things that just annoy you to death? In the past we’ve talked about designer no-nos like double-breasted blazers (now, super in!) and hated workwear trends like sharkbite hems and exposed zippers, and more — but what are the biggest design mistakes for workwear that you’re seeing in 2019?

Some of my top designer mistakes for workwear would be:

design mistakes for workwear bell sleeves

1. Full-length bell sleeves, particularly in a dry-clean-only fabric. If you’re eating, writing with ink, or washing dishes, full-length bell sleeves are a pain in the butt. Plus, I have a feeling you’re going to instantly date any item you own with that feature.

design mistakes for workwear - step hems on skirts for work!

2. Step-hems for workwear. Nooooooooooooo. So…. ugly. For denim, I might be able to think of it as fresh and trendy, but for workwear it just looks like a mullet or something.

design mistakes for workwear - faux wrap tops

3. Loose wrap shirts that look like faux wraps but are just entirely open. I just ordered (and sent back) a top that had looked great online but turned out to be totally open in the front. Even when I was a nursing mother I wanted a bit more coverage. 

design mistakes for workwear - satin and other party fabrics

4. Party fabrics for day. We talked about this a bit in our post on wedding wear vs. office attire, but a lot of stores and brands seem to think “workwear” includes fabrics like tulle, satin, sequins, and more. No thank you. I think the only exception here is with a very traditional tweed blazer — sometimes a shimmery thread running through it is okay and gives dimension, but that shimmery thread should feel like less than 10% of the garment — probably a lot less than that. 

How about you guys: What workwear trends make you cringe right now? What design elements and trends do you wish that you could persuade fashion brands and designers away from? 

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Ultimate Design Challenge: Vote for a Chance to Win!

The Challenge: We asked two designers to create a room concept using Beauti-tone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Tropic of Conversation. Vote for your favorite today for a chance to win a $ 250 Home Hardware gift card from Beauti-tone!

Yvonne’s Cheerful Bedroom

Yvonne Whelan: For this cheerful, modern bedroom, I started with a warm earthy Antique French floor in Bordeaux and a neutral wall color paired with Beauti-Tone’s Color of the Year, Tropic of Conversation. I would use this bold color to paint a sliding barn door for a stunning feature. Furniture and accessories in bold, black and white patterns give the space a very modern feel. A few pops of orange carry the barn door color throughout the room without over complicating the look.– Click here for more information and sources.

Jacklynn’s Contemporary Living Room

Jacklynn Little: My inspiration started with the Color of the Year from Beauti-tone called Tropic Of Conversation and a beautiful French Antique floor in Bordeaux. I added hot pink to both balance out the bright orange and give the room a bold look. The sofa is a neutral shade of cream which gives great contrast to the wall color. Pillows in orange and pink fabrics in a variety of patterns will make this room both contemporary and fun to live in. A luxurious rug pulls together all the colors in the room and the gold coffee table and side tables give the look an elegant feel.- Click here for more information and sources.


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A First Look at Virgil Abloh’s Limited Social Studies New York T-Shirt Design

During this weekend’s eagerly-awaited Social Studies event, attendees will have the chance to meet with some of the biggest names in the youth culture, customize a variety of garments and listen to exclusive talks between creatives. They’ll also have the opportunity to grab exclusive merch, including this duo of Virgil Abloh-designed T-shirts. Emblazoned with “STUYVESANT LEADER PHYSICAL ED.” verbiage, the red/yellow and black/white shirts juxtapose the collegiate text on the front with the logos of every single event contributor on the rear, making for a crowded, yet communal, design.

All proceeds of the $ 100 USD shirt will go to Casita Maria, a Bronx-based youth charity. Guests will be able to grab their choice of tee at the event this weekend, November 16-18.

Most recently, Abloh got into hot water over his work on Serena Williams’ GQ cover.

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Trends 2 Watch: Family Room Design Ideas

Home Trends’ Style Editor Jo Alcorn shares some family room design ideas.

Photography by Jason Hartog

SEATING Family rooms need adequate seating for reading, relaxing and hosting movie nights. In this space, I chose an oversized sectional and complemented it with a side chair and a modern rocker. When arranging your seating, be sure to also add hard surfaces such as a large coffee table and side tables to hold snacks and drinks.

PERSONAL TOUCHES Large scale frames featuring artistically taken family photos make a great statement over a sofa and are a great alternative to a gallery wall.

ACCESSORIZE ME Don’t shy away from accessories in a family room. Find a way to incorporate family treasures, bowls and lush throw cushions to give the space an elevated look.

TO SERVE AND PROTECT A high quality area rug goes a long way by protecting your valuable hardwood floors. Choose a subtle color in an interesting pattern (to hide possible stains) for a beautiful, timeless look. – Text by Jo Alcorn

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