I, of course, am a big fan of Coco Chanel's saying, "Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” And I believe that I need to design beyond the trends. But, "all the world's a stage..." and it is fun to stay au courant.
Here's a list of some of my favorite places on the web to check in on new directions...
Fashion Trends 2009
Spring Color for 2009
Seasonal Fashion Trends, Color Trends (including Pantone color references,) Events
Mini Trends in Housewares
For runway videos, articles on trends, fashion culture
A blog from the School of Visual Arts
Writings on Design and Culture from some incredible minds
Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things
Obscure and fascinating facts that may end up influencing pop culture, which of course, influences art, fashion + design.
A Guide to what's new in fragrance.
Here's my quick rundown on the fashion trends for Spring '09:
Continued use of Gradient Fabrics
Appliques, pearls and beads attached to fabrics
Imperfect Fabrics (referencing all things "green.")
Neutrals mixed with Brights (especially yellow)
Black and White
Seaside Colors (that remind me of seeing color through ocean mist.)
Mauve (believe it or not...though it is looking rather like raspberry. But those of us who lived through the 80's know...)
Off-The-Shoulder Dresses (+ other expressions of asymmetry)
Grecian Dresses + the Ultra Feminine
Longer, unstructured jackets (but not sloppy)
Harem Pants (believe it or not.)
Fringe, on jewelry and clothing.
Pink will play a role, as will black and white accessories
Do you have any additions to this list? Love to hear about it in a comment.