Amber Waves

Purple mountains and amber waves of grain create a mood with a warm color story and rich contrasting textures

Whether you’re designing your next fashion piece or conceptualizing your next graphic design, the Amber Waves mood offers surprising doses of color and texture. Perfect for a moody summer aesthetic, we take a look at the elements that make this mood stand out.



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Amber Waves Textures

Between grainy wheat, mirror-like oceans, cotton candy clouds, and stony mountains, this mood offers not only a variety but also contrast of textures. Because of this contrast of grassy/glassy and fluff/tough, this creates more interest and brings out the best qualities of each texture.




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Amber Waves Palette

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This palette of warm hues offers an unique combination of feminine colors. Inspired by the setting sun’s rays, pinks are the dominate force in this color story and play beautifully with the colors of field of grain, deep ochre and amber. Reminiscent of the evening sky and mountain tops, purple offers an unexpected pop to this palette.




Amber Waves Fabrication

Drawing from the varying textures for this mood, fabric choices are also richly contrasting. From heavy linen in shades of wheat, to silky-smooth pink taffeta with luminescent luster, to lighter-than-air, wispy pink chiffon, and finally to luxurious and sculptural purple velvet.

How will you incorporate the Amber Waves mood into your creative project? Leave a comment below

Fabric List:

Mustard Medium-Weight Linen, Pale Magenta Silk Taffeta, Veiled Rose Silk Wide Chiffon, and Tulipwood Velvet. All fabrics from

Heading Image Links: Valentino, Pink Canyon, unknown. Pink Desert, unknown. Wheat Field. Bowl of Grain.

Body Image Sources Links: Wheat. Pink Sunset. Pink Clouds, unknown. Congo Mountains.

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Mary Janes - Tastemaker Status

Add some girlish-glam to your outfit with classic Mary Janes

The Sunday-school shoe is back and better than ever, thanks to lux textures, sleek buckles, and eye-catching embellishments. As seen on the runways including Area, Tom Ford, and Miu Miu, the age-old classic pump is being interjected with new life. Whether your spicing up a business suit for with a Mary Jane mule or pairing your favorite summer dress with a strappy flat, DSW has the selection to cover all your bases. Get the look below:








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Image Sources: Marbleized background, Hanako Gotoh,  Frozen Rain, Eric Peacock, Model in Mary Jane shoes, Area Fall RTW 2019, Imaxtree,

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Pink & Yellow - Tastemaker Status

Inspired by sweet treats, this color combo will brighten your mood all spring long

Looking for an unexpected color combination for your next spring look? An unexpected but eye-catching palette (like the outfit above from Carolina Herrera), pink and yellow will keep you feeling sweet.


Wear pink and yellow bold & bright or sweet & subtle like this look from Topshop Unique.

Whether you choose a bold yellow top with bright pink pants, or a touch of yellow with earrings and pink dress, or go subtle with muted shades for your ensemble, this color scheme is a simple way to stand out. Get the look with these J. Crew pieces below:





Point Sur Allover Pointelle Crew Neck Sweater, $59.50,





What sweet colors are you inspired by this spring?

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Image Sources:

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Woman in pick coat, Carolina Herrera Fall Ready-to-Wear 2019 by Alessandro Lucioni, Peeps, unknown.



Butterfly Mood Board - Tastemaker Status


These amazing insects have always fascinated the public with their wide array of colors, patterns, and shapes, and fashion designers are no exception. As a matter of fact, butterflies have been gracing the runway periodically for years now, from Elsa Schiaparelli’s butterfly adorned blazer and hat in 1947, to Thierry Mugler’s butterfly-winged gown in 1997, to Alexander McQueen’s butterfly infested headgear in 2008. Thanks to the coming of fashion-consumer age of millennials, who grew up with Lisa Frank’s rainbow-colored world, we are seeing a resurgence of 90’s fads which includes the butterfly and all its glory.


Runway - Butterfly Fashion


Butterfly Palette

The butterfly trend gets a update with bold shades of black and a new sophisticated-take on rainbow brights. Pale shades of pink, purple, and green can stand out on their own or tone-down with deep, grounding shades of blue and black.

Butterfly Colors


Butterfly Texture

Between beautiful colors, luminescent textures, and loose, vivid patterns, there is plenty of inspiration to be drawn from butterflies for fabrication. Try metallic brocades, watercolor-patterned chiffons, and vibrant-hued silks to get that butterfly look.

Butterfly Fabrics

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Fabric List:

Metallic Royal Blue Floral Double-Layer Organza Brocade,

Purple Abstract Printed Crinkled Silk Chiffon,

Magenta Solid Silk Faille,

Rose Gold and Silver Luxury Metallic Brocade,

Image Sources:

Woman with butterfly, Niko Riam photographed by Olu Odukoya for Modern Matter Hai, Metallic abstract background, unknown. Pale blue butterfly, Green butterfly, Deep blue butterfly, Pink butterfly, Roy Goff, Pantone Smart Swatch,



Utility Mood Board - Tastemaker Status

UTILITY - Tastemaker Status


As seen on the runways of Hermes and Giambattista Valli (to name a few), the utility trend is already popping up in your local retail store. This trend has been seen on the runways though jumpers or boiler suits, the garment inspired by coal-fire boiler maintenance men as early as the late 1920’s. The utility aesthetic can also be seen through thoughtful details such as belts, buckles, and drawstrings.


Utility Trend - Tastemaker Status



Monochromatic neutrals are the primary color palette for the utility look, ranging from army green, khaki, to off-white. Think uniformed-professions, such as camouflage green in the military or even a throw-back to the crisp white jumpsuit of the milk-man.




Fabrication relies on sturdier weights and a mix of smooth and coarse textures. To fit with the utility aesthetic, heavy cotton-twills and linens are the way to give that masculine but crisp feel.


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Fabric List:

Rag & Bone Radiant Army Green Stretch Cotton Twill,

Tan Medium-Weight Linen,

Toulouse Beige Mercerized Cotton Voile,

Rag & Bone White Asparagus Cotton Twill,

Image Sources:

Featured image, Utility Boiler Suit, Paint stroke, Donald Martiny. 




KNIT SEPARATES - Tastemaker Status

Transition from chilly weather into spring with this comfy & cozy look

Though spring is just around the corner and we’re itching to start wearing sundresses and floral, the low-temperatures are here to stay a ‘lil bit longer. We’ve got you covered *pun intended* with outfits so comfortable you won’t mind what seems like a never-ending-winter. ASOS’ Co-ords collection offers amazing matching knit sets that you can dress up with a pair of heels and statement necklace, or stay cozy with sneaks and messenger bag. Get the look below:


ASOS DESIGN co-ord chunky midi skirt in eco yarn

ASOS DESIGN Co-ord Cardigan & Skirt in Eco Yarn, $45 & $35,

Winter white transitions perfectly into spring and this cardi can pull double-duty over a little dress or denim cut-off shorts.



ASOS Co-ords

ASOS DESIGN Eco Sweater & Skirt, $45 & $40,

Want some color? Try a golden yellow hue paired with tort sunglasses or little leopard booties.



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ASOS DESIGN Co-ords Sweater & Culotte, $56 & $51,

Or get a little flirty with an off-the-shoulder style. Also cute date night outfit with some strappy heels.



ASOS Co-ords

ASOS DESIGN Deep Rib Sweater & Skirt, $45 & $40,

Get a sportier look with contrasting stripes and pair with a white baseball cap.


What’s your go-to transitioning outfit from winter to spring?

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Image Sources: Abstract, unknown. @figtny in grey knit separates on

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Steve Madden Cliff Sneaker - Tastemaker Status

Leopard and color-blocking and snakeskin, oh my! Get all your fav looks with these “dad” shoes.

What’s the new take on the old adage, “Less is more?” For those who think “More is more,” look no further than these eye-catchers. Whether you love leopard and neon, or holography and pastels, Steve Madden’s Cliff sneaker has plenty of options to suit your style–19 options to be exact. These sneakers are inspired by the current “dad shoe” trend, but with sleek lines and modern patterns/texture, the Cliff sneaker eases you into the trend without having to buy a pair of Wranglers and a Hanes sweatshirt (à la Jerry Seinfeld). Get ’em below:



Steve Madden Cliff  Sneakers in Coral, $99.95,




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