2013 Manufacturing Trend: Tech Accessories

For the tech savvy, it’s as easy as 1-2-3 to zero in on this trend, especially when we all know what a pain it is to carry around our boring, uninspired, one-noted gadgets. I personally would love to jazz up my USB Flash Drive, iPhone, iPad, etc. to beautiful, utilitarian masterpieces of art. Wouldn’t you? Stylesight.com highlights just a few of the latest:

1. Built-in audio accessories and speakersImage

2. Wearable TechImage

The above photo highlights include Google’s augmented reality glasses that display information like a smart-phone via internet and voice commands (center, left), Pebble’s personalized smart watches that connect to iPhones and Androids via Bluetooth to alert you on e-mails, incoming calls and messages all through seamlessly integrated apps and GPS (bottom, right).

3. Futuristic & Ultra-modernImage

Transparent plastics, holographic and metallic shiny stuff, oh my! You may have been around when those tacky plastic handbags and purses were in (eek!), but this sheds a whole new light on how to stay timeless and fashionable. Thanks to Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and other not to big name designers, your gadgets can now be even more high-tech with these modern, sleek silhouettes, materials and designs.

4. More Plastics!Image

But I guess if you’re really going to bring back the plastic trend (or fad), here’s how to really do it justice.


Menswear Windows and Displays

Let’s face it. Most men aren’t big fans of shopping. So advertisers and visual merchandisers need to catch their male customer’s eye quickly to grab their interest to come into their store and shop.

Here are a few current window displays and in-store displays for menswear and the menswear department.

p2i1 This amazing display is by Moncler

p3i3 Back to school theme for men at Top Man

p4i5 bold primary colors are shown at Saks Fifth Avenue

[all pictures courtesy of Stylesight.com]

Theme – there seems to be theme of clean-cut-ness in upcoming menswear. Collars, tailored cuts, and a dressier look is what is being shown in store windows and displays.

Culture – I have to believe that this tailored trend is coming from the “trickle down” theory where influence is coming from celebrities and important people in society. The idea of dressing more cleanly and maintaining and image of “upscale” is becoming very popular.

Silhouettes – As stated before, clean cut, slim silhouettes are continuing to trend in current displays.

Top 10 Must Haves for Menswear F/W ’13

1. Shoes – It appears that guys are stepping up their game when it comes to footwear (see what I did there 😉 ). I feel men need  a good statement shoe to complete an outfit from time to time. Here are some great options:

Elliott Evan Loafer Cut out loafer by Elliot Evan

Jeremy Scott Creeper amazing checkerboard creepers by Jeremy Scott

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Lacoste New York Fashion Week Feb 2013 pumped up kicks 😉 by Lacoste

2. Outfits / Entire Looks – I like to call this style “Grunge Ninja” . It’s when you’re dressed in head to toe black, but your jacket, shirt, pants, etc have asymmetrical, or almost messy, features.

Rochambeau Outfits by Rochambeau (from GQ.com)

Ready to wear fall winter 2013 Elliott Evan New York February 2013 Outfit by Elliot Evan (from StyleSite.com)

3. Color – Mustard Yellow is HUGE for Men’s Fall/Winter 2013 fashion. We’re seeing this appear more in outerwear than any other category. Think of it as your statement jacket, guys.

Perry Ellis by Ducky Brown Jacket by Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown (from Stylesight.com)

J.Crew Jacket by J Crew (from Stylesight.com)

Elliot Evan Jacket by Elliot Evan (from Stylesight.com)

4. Pants – Bold yet tailored is what is in style for Fall/Winter 2013. Heck, can we just call these “statement pants”?

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Jeremy Scott New York Fashion Week Feb 2013 Mummy Leggings by Jeremy Scott

Marc_by_Marc_Jacobs_mmj_fw13_154 Red Satin trousers Marc by Marc Jacobs

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Moncler Grenoble New York Fashion Week Feb 2013Quilted bronze pants by Moncler Grenoble

5.Denim – Darker denim is always in favor when it comes to the colder months. It looks like slim fitting jeans will stick around another year for men (I’m totally OK with that :D)

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 DKNY Man NY Fashion Week Feb 2013 DKNY

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Gilded Age NY Fashion Week Feb 2013 Gilded Age

Gant_by_Michael_Bastian_gbm_m_fw13_017 Gant by Michael Bastian

6.Trims & Embellishments – Touches of Punk are appearing in all areas of menswear this Fall. Leather trims, leather patches, random zippers, deconstructed garments are showing up in everyone’s collections.

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Michael Kors York Fashion Week Feb 2013 Jacket by Michael Kors

Ready to wear fall winter 2013 Parkchoonmoo New York February 2013 Shirt by Parkchoomoo

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Gilded Age NY Fashion Week Feb 2013 Jeans by Gilded Age

7. Hats – The tried and true ribbed knitted beanie never fails. It stands the tests of time!

RAG and BONE  menswear fall wintere 2013_14  New_York_january_2013 Rag & Bone

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 DKNY Man NY Fashion Week Feb 2013 DKNY

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Nautica New York Fashion Week Feb 2013 Nautica

8. Bags – The “Man Bag” is still ever popular in many of the collections coming down the runway for fall 2013. Lots of leather and canvas, sometimes even mixing the two. Blacks, dark blues, greens, browns, and plaids are the pallet this year.

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 DKNY Man NY Fashion Week Feb 2013 DKNY

Billy_Reid_rei_det_fw13_008 Billy Reid

Marc_by_Marc_Jacobs_mmj_fw13_077 Mark Jacobs