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John Lewis advert viral fame for Buzz the bouncing boxer. Mosquito nets and chicken cages inspire fashion. Are pockets a fashion essential? The trainers featuring a mini screen and other tech news. 2016 'very likely' to be world's warmest year. Image copyright Getty Images 2016 looks poised to be the warmest year on record globally, according to preliminary data.

With data from just the first nine months, scientists are 90% certain that 2016 will pass the mark set by 2015. Temperatures from January to September were 1.2C above pre-industrial levels, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The body says temperatures should remain high enough for the rest of the year to break the previous record. El Nino has had an impact, but the most significant factor driving temperatures up continues to be CO2 emissions. What is climate change? The provisional statement on the status of the global climate in 2016 has been released early this year to help inform negotiators meeting in Morocco, who are trying to push forward with the Paris Climate Agreement. The document says the year to September was 0.88 above the average for the period between 1961-90, which the WMO uses at its baseline. Image copyright WMO "Another year. 'Supermoon' lights up sky around the world.

The moon has come closer to Earth than at any other time since 1948. Sky gazers around the world are congregating near landmarks, on beaches and atop tall buildings to take a look. The 'supermoon' reached its brightest in Asia on Monday evening. The Moon was closest - only 221,524 miles (356,509km) away - at 11:21 GMT. Image copyright EPA Image copyright AP Image copyright AFP The moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse, not a circle, so it is sometimes closer to the Earth than it is at other times. When the perigee - the closest approach - and the full moon coincide, it is known as a supermoon.

This supermoon was best seen in North America early on Monday, before dawn. Supermoons appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter when compared with the furthest point the Moon gets to within its orbit. The moon will not be this close again until 25 November 2034 - when it will be even closer, within 221,485 miles. How Will Climate Change Affect What We Wear? Surprise! It Already Has | The Huffington Post. The nefarious effects of climate change can be felt everywhere, scientists say, from last year’s extra-balmy winter to last week’s Hurricane Sandy, a storm whose destructive brawn some attribute to global warming. But flux in climate patterns is also manifesting in an unlikely place: our closets.

Climate change, the term given to trends in statistical weather patterns, is often closely linked to anthropogenic global warming, and it’s likely a large reason that U.S. climates are getting warmer each year. But those hotter temperatures are also eroding the seasonality of your wardrobe; in other words, we’re wearing more of the same clothes, year-round. Your favorite pair of J.Crew cropped pants? As a result of 2011’s no-show winter, you could wear them in September and February. Last year’s balmy December, for example, pummeled outerwear sales. That’s bad news for an industry that depends on constant turnover and fashion week-style seasonal collections. Also on HuffPost: Eco-friendly fashion menswear brand STÓR reveals branding - Design Week Design Week.

Consultancy Socio Design has created the branding for a new subscription menswear brand which is focused on environmental friendliness. STÓR, which means “a store of treasure” in Gaelic, is an Irish brand which aims to combine a luxury fashion feel with recyclable and sustainable products. It sells men’s basic clothing, such as underwear, socks and t-shirts. Socio Design worked with an existing logotype to create the branding and packaging for STÓR, which aims to lend from the company’s ethos of eco-awareness. Clothes are made from natural materials such as organic cotton and bamboo. The packaging is also made from unbleached recycled cardboard boxes, which Socio Design sourced especially from the U.S.

Nic Carter, senior designer at Socio Design says the style had to reach a balance between being “back to basics” and “natural” but also “sophisticated”. “We wanted to produce something that was simple and stripped back, and which was also a nod to manufacturing labelling,” he says. Will Genderless Fashion Change Retail? | Intelligence | BoF. (L-R) Raf Simons Menswear Spring/Summer 2014, Gucci Menswear Autumn/Winter 2015, J.W Anderson Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 | Source: Indigital LONDON, United Kingdom — Alessandro Michele’s womenswear debut for Gucci was, by far, the most anticipated show of Milan Fashion Week. How would Michele attempt to re-reinvigorate Kering’s ailing cash cow, after chief executive François-Henri Pinault said in December that the brand needed a fresh point of view and more daring shows?

The answer: bookish, pussy-bow wearing boys and girls, sharing both the runway and the same tailoring, shoulder-length locks and cut-glass cheekbones. Indeed, the show eradicated the last vestiges of Gucci’s hyper-sexualized Tom Ford era, which had, at times, chimed within Frida Giannini’s vision for the brand. Michele is not alone in his exploration of what it means to clothe both sexes in a time when gender stereotypes read as traditional, even archaic. But will genderless work at retail? Perhaps not. Could reinvention solve our shopping addiction? Image copyright EpicStockMedia, Thinkstock Swedish retail giant H&M seems an unlikely poster child for ecological living. The High Street group, which owns brands including Monki and Cos and has more than 4,000 shops across the world, is one of the best known proponents of fast fashion. It's a cheap and reliable source of trendy clothes which can be discarded as soon as another trend comes in.

Yet it has pledged to become "100% circular", ultimately using only recycled or other sustainable materials to make its clothes. It's a journey that more fashion firms are beginning to take, with the so-called "circular economy" - which eliminates waste by turning it into something valuable - being seen as a possible solution to the vast amount of clothes that end up in landfill. Image copyright Thomas Concordia, H&M Last year, a fifth of the material H&M used was sustainably sourced, and it has gathered 32,000 tonnes worth of old clothing in the collection bins it has had in all its stores since 2013. Op-Ed | What 3D Printing Means for Fashion | Opinion, Op Ed | BoF. Designer Iris van Herpen has pioneered the use of 3D printing in couture fashion | Photo: Molly SJ Lowe PARIS, France — 3D printing was born in the 1980s and has long been used for “rapid prototyping.”

Now, the technology is accelerating exponentially and being employed to manufacture finished products, including fashion and luxury goods. Several reasons explain this acceleration, from the expiry of relevant patents to progress in materials science and software. Today, it is easy to scan an object, turning atoms into bits, and then print it out, turning those bits back into atoms. Digital design has also advanced by leaps and bounds. From the moment we, as children, proudly make sand castles, we are accustomed to subtractive manufacturing, whereby a mould is filled to create an object. 3D printing is the opposite: additive manufacturing, where very fine layers of material are superimposed according to a digital design to the point where they end up building a distinct object. The Impact of Pop Art on the World of Fashion – From Art to Industry and Back. Ever since pop art emerged in the fifties, it has been going hand in hand with the fashion industry.

Rebelling against elitist values and self-reflexive expressionist movement, pop art embraced mundane living experiences, introducing aspects of mass culture and bringing art closer to the new generation of Americans who were starting to experience all benefits of the consumer paradise in the welfare state of post-war America. Pop art employed familiar mass culture imagery from advertisements to other banal objects, wrapping it into sensational and bold color combinations. Richard Hamilton, one of the pop art pioneers used to describe pop art as “popular, transient, expandable, low cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, big business”. All these qualities pop art shared with consumerist culture and fashion industry as one of its main features.

Philip Colbert – Venus In Sequins dress collection inspired by various iconic works of art The Souper Dress Editors’ Tip: Pop! What Brexit Means for the Fashion Industry. Today's news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union has sent stock markets plunging and hammered the British pound, which hit its lowest point in decades. Although it will likely take years for Britain to untangle itself from the EU, many in the fashion industry are left questioning what the change could mean for their livelihoods. Of course, London is a major fashion player, with the fashion industry contributing an estimated $38 billion to the UK economy in 2014, according to the Business of Fashion.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below A weak pound and uncertainty about new tariffs could mean major challenges for UK-based businesses, which often source fabrics and produce in other parts of Europe. Before last night's vote, the British Fashion Council surveyed its members and found that the vast majority—90% of members—wanted to remain in the EU. This turmoil is predicted to affect prices of items coming into and out of Britain, as well. Getty. INTO THE FASHION: Cultural Influences On Trend Forecasting. For everyone who works in the fashion business it is important to be able to recognize and to foresee social and cultural movements, in order to understand the fashion environment and to be able to operate in the direction in which the fashion industry will move.

Being able to anticipate what will happen in the next future is what puts a fashion designer, a retailer or a fashion buyer in the position to make better decisions in their work. And in this, fashion is not at all an isolated industry but is connected to the rest of our life. Fashion reaches beyond clothing and into the way we choose to live our lives. Lifestyle is how we communicate, how we travel, how we decorate our homes, how we eat and how we dress. Lifestyle and trends are strongly influenced by social-cultural changes, such as modernization, technological innovation and also by artistic movements.

Popular culture, or pop culture, is a cultural section, which is followed, understood and appreciated by a larger audience. What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years. Diomedes KastanisCrunch Network Contributor Diomedes Kastanis head of technology for business unit support systems, leading Ericsson’s long-term technology vision and innovation across media, OSS, BSS and m-commerce. How to join the network As a driver of technical innovation for a software company, a huge part of my job depends on forecasting how current tech trends will play out, merge, dissipate or expand. Here are some of my predictions of what the world will look like in 2020. Revised Notions Of Ownership Think of the things you use every day: your smart phone, your computer, your desk and so on.

However, in the future, you’ll probably share most of them. We’ve recently seen a huge rise in the sharing economy; not only can you stay in someone else’s house via Airbnb, but you can sail in someone else’s boat through Sailo, fly in someone else’s private plane via OpenAirplane and go snowboarding with someone’s else’s board via Spinlister. This is only the first wave. Oh, and that office? How does social media shape our perception of beauty? A male friend of mine who considers himself "big on Tinder" claims the winning five photo formula is this: front-on photo, side profile photo, photo showing teeth, body photo and height photo, involving a casual scale prop such as Kylie Minogue.

If you're not better looking on Tinder than in real life, you have failed. It's the most gratifying, terrifying, humanity-destroying platform ever created. But then again it's responsible for actually quite a lot of nice loving relationships… While Tinder must be the worst offender, the impact of social media on perceptions of beauty is inevitably positive and negative, depending on which way you look. You might meet the love of your life through tactful photo-editing, you might feel terrible forever, or you might be one of the mental few to enter hyperreality, transcending your human form into… well this… Of course, it's all a matter of perspective. Take instagram fantasy Petra Collins, who I recently interviewed for i-D's Spring Issue.

Q&A: What does Donald Trump’s Presidential victory mean for the economy?  Trends – WWD. Trends: Spring/Summer - Collaborative Trend Forecast Mood Boards, Women's Spring 2017 Preview | WeConnectFashion. Pattern Curator collects images and photos to create a visual short story. With insight from experience and friends in the fashion industry, they offer an opportunity to co-create. Here’s a look at four of their trend stories, two Spring 2017 Preview and two F/W 2016 mood boards, which display print, pattern and color trends in a minimalistic point of view. Spring 2017 Preview sources:,,,,, sources:,,,,,,,

Fall / Winter 2016 sources:,,,,,,, More Report Details This report is courtesy of Pattern Curators. Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Trends. Bubblegum pink From Prada’s pretty in pink print and Jil Sander’s lamé dress, to all-over at Gucci; whether blush rose or bright magenta, pink has been a strong feature on the Fall/Winter 2016-2017 catwalks.

Live la vie en rose this season as a wave of femininity breaks over fashion. From left to right: Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana et Gucci Seen also at Comme des Garçons, Dior, Jil Sander... Vinyl The height of seductive sophistication spotted at shows like Loewe, Dior, Isabel Marant and Lanvin, add a touch of ‘Belle de Jour’ to your winter look next season with vinyl. From left to right: Nina Ricci, Lanvin et Isabel Marant Seen also at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Courrèges, Anthony Vaccarello... Leopard print Leopard print made its mark on the runway, from fur coats at Prada and Moschino, to a belted dress at Dolce & Gabbana, with Diana Vreeland’s favorite print also popping up at Dior, Prada and Bottega Veneta.

Midnight blue velvet Pleats The military jacket Combinaison de moto Shearling Lurex. Autumn/Winter 2016 Trends: 9 Key Looks You Need to Know. Autumn/Winter 2016's top-line fashion trends may be wildly different from each other, but they're all supercharged with one major element—creative electricity. That may sound obvious. Of course designers switch things up each and every season to offer new and exciting things, you're thinking, but there's something about the industry right now that's pushing boundaries and offering up new sartorial ground to be stomped upon. The fashion world is in a major state of flux: The concept of see now, buy now is increasingly important (well, you don't want to wait, do you?) , and many designers and super-brands are also rethinking not only how they present their collections but when and to whom. Some of the most talked about labels of A/W 16 didn't even have fashion shows.

Some buyers are investing heavily in menswear brands for women. But all fashion editors are in agreement that now is the time to be you—take A/W 16's trends and make them your own. Fashion trends revealed by data. Socks And Sandals Fashion Trend | British Vogue.