Amann Group Mettler Trend Reports - Highlights from London Fashion Week

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Ah, London…I’ve always had such a romantic notion of London and the UK in general. I suppose I naively base my assumptions on one too many Masterpiece Theatre dramas, but a girl can still dream, right? Another reason I am so in love with London is that I feel like fashion is much less restrained than it is here in the US.

Amann Group Mettler Trend Reports - On the Runways: Spring 2012

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Just as we’re gearing up for fall’s colder weather, designers are rolling out their looks for spring 2012 and it already has me excited for warm weather to come back around. So far in New York we’ve seen in-your-face florals, sleek and sporty ensembles and everything in between but fashion week is just getting started and I can’t wait to see what the London, Paris and Milan designers have up their sleeves. Want to get started on a few of the spring trends? Check out some of my favorite looks from the runways, plus download great patterns for you to get the look now (but shhhh, don’t tell the designers!).

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - Predicting the Spring Trends

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Even though pre-­‐season shows have taken on a life (and a series of trends) all their own, they are still a fairly good indicator of what we can expect to see on the runways come fall and spring. For this week’s Trend Report we’re playing a little game in the office called “Predict the Trends”, and decided to pull together some of the most prominent looks and trends from the 2012 Resort shows as an idea of what we could see designers sending down the runways in the coming weeks.

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - Metallic Embroidery

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From the romanticism of Alexander McQueen to the rock ‘n’ roll rebellion of Balmain, metallic embroidery is adding a luxe edge to some of fashion’s latest looks. Check out some of our favorite embroidered creations and try it on your next project with Amann Group Mettler Poly Sheen® thread. A larger surface area means the thread reflects more light and is sure to bring attention to wherever you decide to stitch it. Toss in a few sequins or beads for a textural effect and take your garment project to the next level.

Make it Yours: The Button Up Shirt

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How many button up shirts do you have in your wardrobe? Me – too many to count. They are without a doubt my go-to choice when it comes to covering my top half. They can be dressed up, dressed down and anything in between; exude both a pulled together and casual air; and fit into almost any aesthetic no matter whether you like yours oversized and boho or slim and minimal. I picked 3 of my favorite BurdaStyle patterns and created a few fun outfits that are sure to inspire you to whip up a classic button up shirt for your own styling adventures.

Color Blocking: Fresh Combos to Try + Patterns

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While my closet is packed with it’s fair share of neutral hues, make no mistake about how much I love color. Spring runways were packed with fun new ways to pair shades ranging from acid brights to deep blues and I pulled together a few of my favorite new combos that you can rock well into fall’s crisp weather. Click through to see my picks and dare to make yourself a colorful new ensemble!

Fashion That Rocks: 4 Musicians with Serious Style

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When I was younger I dreamed about being a rock star. To me it seemed as if they lived entirely by their own set of rules; they could get away with anything – fashionably speaking and otherwise. I loved and was inspired by women like Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Shirley Manson and Kim Gordon, who were each beautiful in their own way – they didn’t need to rely on the stereotypes of over-sexed, under-dressed airheads in order to be considered attractive or desirable. I also loved how each of these women cultivated their own personal style.

1 Pattern, 4 Looks: The Lightweight Blazer

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I broke out of my usual 3 looks this time to bring you 4 – hope that doesn’t cause any problems!

One of my favorite pieces of clothing ever created has to be the blazer. There is something about slipping into one made so perfectly to measure that it almost feels like a second skin. It’s a near religious experience. I have no less than 8 blazers of different shapes, sizes and colors floating around my closet with a long wish list of others I would like to add (I have never been ambitious enough to make one from scratch, only subtly nipped and tweaked ones I’ve purchased), and I can think of few occasions where sporting a blazer would seem out of place. Ok, well maybe the pool isn’t exactly the best setting…

Best Patterns to Beat the Heat

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Yesterday our resident sewing and style expert Peter Lappin lamented his wardrobe choices as summer’s blazing heat descends upon New York City. I don’t know about you, but I am seriously feeling his pain as my clothing options seem to get slimmer and slimmer as the temperatures get hotter and hotter. I pride myself on being a tomboy who loves her pants and button-up shirts, but I admit to completely wimping out during summer’s intense heat and find that it takes all of my strength not to wake up and throw on a giant linen muumuu every morning (call it my equivalent to Peter’s pajama suit).

Would You Rock It: Head-to-Toe Print

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As the mid-season collections (Resort, Pre-Fall) become as closely watched as their Fashion Week counterparts, we’re starting to see more and more mico-trends emerge from these in-between offerings. One particular Resort 2012 trend that recently made me take notice was head-to-toe printed looks. These aren’t the same mashed together prints we’ve seen from season’s past (think SUNO, Miu Miu, etc) but rather a single print used on both top and bottom (and in the case of Celine, on the jacket as well).

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted: What to Make When You Have to Get Away

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Here in the States, most of us will be heading off for the 4th of July weekend – whether to another city, a beautiful beach or just hanging out in our own backyards. While you may not be taking a long weekend holiday just yet, chances are you will get away at least once (hopefully more!) this summer so I made a list of the pieces you’ll need to make before you head out of town. Whether it’s a big adventure in a new city, a sun-soaked weekend on a beach or a relaxing country getaway, find the projects and patterns you need to make for your vacation destination!

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: Tailored Shorts

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Shorts – once relegated solely to backyard BBQs and Summer beach parties – have taken a suddenly chic turn and become a standby for both dressy and casual attire. I vividly remember refusing to wear shorts from about the age of 15 to 21 (my mother thought I had completely lost my mind), but I finally gave in when the Atlanta heat proved too powerful for my feeble attempts at keeping cool in rolled up jeans and cropped pants.

Work It

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Maybe you’re just heading off to your first “grown up” job, recently made a career change or perhaps you’ve been in the working world for longer than you care to recall – but sometimes a surprisingly stressful part of the job is just figuring out what to wear. I’ve had the privilege of working in creative environments where I was encouraged to show my personality through my clothing choices and even though some of my employers had “guidelines” in place, they usually left lots of room for interpretation.

Ladies Who Tux

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At Monday night’s CFDA Awards, Leelee Sobieski, Phoebe Philo and Kirsten Dunst all showed up sporting sleek tuxedos. What do you think about their choice of evening wear? Who rocked the look best? While I’m not a huge fan of her shoes, my overall vote goes to Leelee who wore a suit by her husband, designer Adam Kimmel. She looks a bit like a cross between young versions of Lauren Hutton and Glenn Close, no?

Surf's Up!

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Anyone else noticing the surf/wetsuit influence infiltrating some of the Resort 2012 collections? Summer is a great time to test out bright, sporty looks and the zip up dresses from Michael Kors or the rash guard inspired tops from Derek Lam are the perfect inspiration to get you started. Check out a few of my favorite designer translations of the trend, plus get great BurdaStyle patterns to make your own fresh and modern surfer girl look!

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