My mind has been drifting to woven woods, rattan chairs, braided thrush, rich cognac leathers and crisp ivory linens. Visiting my parents house this weekend, my mother is playing music by The Mills Brothers which serves to transport my mind to the 1940’s, to steamer trunks, to seemingly quieter rhythms and slow dances. The past always enchants with memories of simpler times, different times, times not fraught with the worries and technologies of present times.
What may have started as a hairstyle trend (it’s always a chicken or egg guessing game in trend forecasting), braiding is an important design motif to track right now. There’s a certain intricacy inherent in the weaving of strands and materials – be they wood, hair or fabric. There’s also a tightness or closeness that comes to mind; an intricacy and beauty that stems from experience and mastery. My eye is called to rattan chairs, shoe and trunk buckles, and framed furniture collectibles. I’ve collected several images from Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware that most closely intimate the moods and textures of this braiding trend. Braiding and weaving and buckling are sure to pop up in more places and on more garments and accessories in the near future. Keep watch, dear readers.
This trend also dovetails nicely with our 2016/2017 trend forecast, Nightfall’s emphasis on complexity and intricacy. See the exclusive preview HERE.
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