Thought to floor- Part III- Pattern & Silhouette

Pattern & Silhouette

After the attitude & color mood boards are created, the next step is pattern & silhouette. If you are starting your collection, the step is just as important as if you had your brand for a while. The next step is to research textiles & style lines from the past 3 spring seasons. This is important to know when trends start, peak, and die. For example the hi-lo hem showed up in 2011, but hit big in 2012. Generally, I will anticipate a two year turn for trends that are not standard.  The great part about this type of research is you have concrete historical data for popular trends and dog trends.

Some tips and websites I use for research are listed below.


  • google: year, trend your following and popularity. Image Search
  • Google favorite designers and the year.Image Search
  • Use pintrest as a way to file images for year and category. It is free and also won’t tie up company data. Draws possible new consumers.
  • Download Picasa. Files can be created for images on your own computer. Only great if your company has open memory.


The board below is the history of patterns in textiles from 2011-2012. Since I am creating a category of clothing that fits the same market as Caitlin, I am looking up women’s contemporary .


Andy Gilmore print 2012- spring

The print from Andy Gilmore is similar to the mirrored imaged seen in Alexander McQueens work.

Mint Color trends. 2012 runway. 2013 RTW.

Mint Color trends. 2012 runway. 2013 RTW. Pattern People

Floral Prints hit big in 2011

Floral Prints hit big in 2011- Pattern People


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