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On Blue

Blue is becoming my favorite color lately. It has amazing ranges and is clearly represented in home fashions to apparel and accessories this season fall 2016. It’s not new and it’s not a surprise. It hung around last season too and through the summer it shined. I think its appeal lies in its versatility. Maybe it’s the reputation for loyalty, something that resonates ”hope” in many of us during this political fiery climate. Maybe it’s the peaceful tranquility we can draw upon as it takes us from the oceans view to the skies limits. Forecasters everywhere cite blue is here to stay.

COLOR HOUSE WOOL 06 is a tweak on the classic navy as they say and it pairs beautifully with smoky neutrals or clean whites whether warm or cool.

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Benjamin Moore holds true to blue in many shades and nuances. I love Lucerne Blue through their Affinity line for its touch of green yet calm anchoring capability. While bold it’s oddly calming. Even if a
large wall holds it, rest assure in the background it will stay. It pairs well with any white as tribute to the color of the year and partners nicely with gray in any tint or shade but. I love its ability to play neutral and support vibrant pops like in this room.

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With hints of green to cast a teal or hidden red to read a bit more towards purple or periwinkle, blue is fascinating this season and on through winter.

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Colors like Adriatic Sea CSP-660 create a rich saturated hue with a
hint of freshness. Pantone sees it clearly in the hue they call Riverside with its denim appeal that reads right in every instance. Lush velvets evoke a sense of casual comfort in this powered yet rich blue, watch for it through summer 2017 in home décor, apparel and more.

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Gale Force by Sherwin Williams and Marea Baja part of their cornflower hues are lovely blue colors that are grounded with earthy appeal. A hint of green peaking through both; they share a moody somewhat emotional vibe that anchors color to neutral.

Sherwin-Williams Marea Bajapicture4 picture5Zuhair Murad’s gorgeous blue Baroque inspired dress in this rich regal blue is a mix of Bohemian Rhapsody coupled with a funky fedora creating this drama along with a satin damask.

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Nike shouts blue in the air max moiré style sneakers for a bold retreat for quick feet.

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From Paul Smiths chic one button ladies blazer to his leather wing tips which exist even for ladies a variety of blue hues come to life. Bring your inner mermaid to life with curious blends that feel esoterically playful. Wigs or real locks, hair color hues are a trend that blue is taking over.

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I like blue for all it stands for and notice it safely and reassuringly showing up in our apparel and home furnishings for some time now. A color that stays fresh but not too overwhelming plays an accent or tosses in some drama, l I say take a chance and go blue. Could it be a better option than basic black? Perhaps it’s true. I know I am enjoying what this color brings to the table.

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New Instructor for Home Color Workshop

Meet our new Instructor,  Susan Quinn!

She will be teaching SXH 300 Color Workshop for the Home Fashion Market, starting March 18, 2015!

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So, tell us a little about yourself…

My background in the home furnishings market started in 1990 when I was hired to launch a home textile/bed linen collection called “Nancy Koltes”. I had been working in fashion for ten years and wanted a change. After a four-five year successful career with Nancy, I moved on to launch an Italian Collection from Milan called “Bellora”. I set up the US showroom, designed a collection for the US market and sold it. We had great success with the collections. In 2000 I started my own company importing bed linens and designing bed linens for US Wholesalers and department stores manufactured in Italy. At the same time I was working for Italian textile mills as an agent to the US market and designing prints and yard dyed fabrics for companies such as Ralph Lauren, Peacock Alley, and others. In 1992 I was asked by a friend to design custom wall covering fabrics for an apartment on Park Avenue. Although I was not an interior designer the client insisted on hiring me as their designer. The job was a success and I learned quite a bit.

Inspired by the work I had done on Park Avenue, I attended evening classes at FIT to study design and learn how to draw plans, create 3-D Renderings and the like. I applied for my General Contracting License and started managing construction as well as designing. I have used the skills to complete 20 plus interior design projects, design and build (draw full plans for) two house one in Fairfield, CT and one currently being built in the Catskills, as well as several construction projects. I have maintained my relations with my Italian vendors and continue to work importing bed linens from Italy.

My focus is high end residential interiors, my web site (under construction-with a loop of photos) features some of my projects and will be updated soon. quinnfinehome.com I have traveled extensively over my career working with Italy, France, China and India. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with my new students.

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Was there a project or accomplishment that you consider to be significant in your career?

I just finished a huge apartment, gut renovation off of 5th Avenue, 17 Rooms which was a huge challenge, that was completed over the past two years (February of 2013 until February 2015).  I designed the layout, and working with the architect pulled all of the mechanicals and rooms together, I oversaw construction, selected every hinge, doorknob screw, toilet, faucet, wallpaper, fabric paint color, tile, stone, light, bed, curtain rod, floor covering, molding and designed all of the millwork including the kitchen and built in units, dressing rooms, closets in every room. Magnificent broad project with a large budget.

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What’s exciting right now in the Home Fashion market?

Right now in home furnishings there are all kinds of different options for finishes. Technological advances in wallpaper finishes, wood flooring options, stone, tile, paint types and finishes. Porcelain tiles that look like wood, wonderful eco-friendly options that are beautiful and affordable. Textiles always excite me but all of the new materials for construction and finishes are fantastic.

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What will the students learn from your class?

The most important thing I believe is to have a plan of what is going into a project or how to add to an existing space and be sure to end up with a cohesive look. I will give out a floor plan with furniture drawn into it and work with the students to build schedules for paint colors, textile selections, lighting, floor coverings and stone and tile products that coordinate in color and finish to create a cohesive space.

The students will learn the process of making selections, pairing and keeping track of the selections. I will supply references for them to research on their own and in class to do some small research and then prepare a floor plan with a color coordinated cohesive schedule.

I will give them a short list of sources that I use, the knowledge of pairing products, textures and color so that they walk away with real information about how to get it done.

Thank you and we look forward to your class!
To register for this class, please visit fitnyc.edu/noncreditregister

The New Black to Menswear

By Jove: The Biz Buzz

Aha weekly tidbits for the HT Insider

Well, just when we thought the “new black” was going from grey to pink – news has it that new black is ….BLACK.  Of course for those of you haven’t noticed, black actually is the color of choice at FIT with both students and faculty.  I guess it must be that urban thing but I know I stand in front of a rack, and see all sorts of colors.  What do I buy?  The black. How about you?

WSJ Magazine, December 2013/January 2014. Check out this super layout.

Speaking of the WSJ, there was a great article last weekend on the surge in the men’s footwear business. Almost 2 full pages devoted to styles, care, shopping habits, etc. In fact, according to the Journal, men are starting to outpace women in building a full shoe wardrobe.  This is no surprise to us as the real excitement in the market both wholesale and retail right now is men’s. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303497804579242313439812406  If you haven’t checked out the re-done menswear floors at Lord where it is  calm and well edited with  great values.  Go to the 9th and 10th floor and you will a full selection for all the men in your life, plus if you are a younger guy, there is lots of stuff for you.  I promise.  Don’t forget that HT is offering more and more menswear related  courses these days and all of Spring is now available on line.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the current HUE, the FIT alumni magazine there is a wonderful extensive article on tattoos that really connects with a post I made quite a while ago that we still get comments on.  Check it out. http://www.fitnyc.edu/3636.asp.

Looking for that last minute gift? How about a HOT TOPICS course?  Gift Certificates are available.  Go to D130, open through Friday afternoon at 5:30pm or http://bit.ly/1bYBlT1.