Tuesday, July 3, 2012

{what's old is new again: design maze}

Happy Tuesday all! We are in for a treat today as my wonderful friend Tim of Design Maze is bringing a second edition of the series 'What's Old is New Again,' showing us a few recycling trends. A big thanks to Tim for visiting us today!

Hello lovely readers of Marcus Design. I am truly honoured to be Nancy's guest here today to share with you all my take on 'What's old is new again.' Fashion and Home decor trend comes and goes, and if my math serves me correctly, the cycle seems to repeat itself every 20 years or so. Ok skinny jeans have been back for quite some time now, but remember those days when skin tight jeans were IT? How about those big round glasses that the librarian used to wear in the 80s? Or the single button black tailored blazer you wore to your company's Christmas party? Did you have a pair of glossy oxford leather shoes?

Well, these fashionable staples from a decade or two ago have been refined, re-imagined, and are now back in full force! Chinos or Jeans, the key word is skinny and please "roll up the rim" to above the ankles. Like the little black dress for the ladies, a black tailored blazer is a must in the closet of urban men. For today's established young professionals, this classic one button black blazer is well-fitted, not too long (just around the hip), and it is a truly versatile garment for both dressing up or dressing down. I love to pair it with jeans for a casual, yet stylish, sophisticated look.

via Gilt

Glossy oxford shoes from an earlier decade are hip and trendy again. With a satin sheen and in limitless colors, the modernized wingtip oxfords have made their way into my wardrobe twice this time around: one in grey leather and one in cream suede. Round turtle shell glasses frames has also sneaked its way back into our lives. We are a lot more environmentally conscious this time around: faux turtle shell is what we use to make these frames, no turtles were harmed.

via Gilt

The Baseball tee has also quickly re-gained its popularity in the fashion arena.

I remembered having a few of them in my high school years and after 15 years, I still have a vintage one (yes I used to shop at vintage stores for cool tees) for White Oak Inn Grantsville, MD. Thank God I still fit it and will be rocking in it this summer.

Now for home decor, Chinoiserie has made a come back into our interiors in a whimsical and tranquil manner. Wikipedia taught me that Chinoiserie "refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China."

A traditional art in the past vs. a contemporary interpretation of this centuries old art form:

left: via posh surf side right: via Schumacher

I absolutely love the energy and playfulness of this pattern by Schumacher. Erin McLaughlin, the Editor-in-Chief of Style at Home, has also used this sumptuous pattern in her own bathroom as wall covering and window treatment. Elegant, serene, and romantic: this exquisite bathroom strikes an A+ in my book.

Thanks so much for having me today Nancy to share with your readers of my personal favourites on "What's old is new again". This is truly a lot of fun and I can't wait to meet you all here again soon!



Segreto Secrets said...

I love see new trends off of old twists. Amazing to see the constant creativity in the industry--great post thanks!!!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Yes and yes and yes to all of these Tim trends- fabulous post my friend and PS, can't wait to see you rocking that shirt this summer:)

Tim said...

Thanks for having me Nancy! I had so much fun putting it together and these are my latest obsessions. On the hunt for a pair of vintage glasses now!

I love that print from Schumacher and would love to use it as wallpaper somewhere in the house one day!

Thanks Christine for your comment! Maybe we can pair up for a baseball match next time when we go shopping :)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

It is funny to see things come around again. But there are some things that should stay away, such as neon 80's Madonna style clothing!

I do love the whole tortoise shell comeback and Rayban style shades and glasses - a true classic

hope you are having fun Nancy!

Andrea Johnson said...

Great post Tim!! I am all over the baseball tee!!! I just bought one at H&M and I wear it all the time. What's not to love about that bathroom, to die.


The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

I agree I'd love to see the Schumacher print as a wallpaper it's fabulous.

I have had my eye on a pair of Oxford shoes recently in...RED! I haven't decided yet but they keep calling my name!

Fantastic guest post Tim and great also to see you over at our blog.

Have a lovely weekend.


Tim said...

Oxfords in red!! Paul you've got fantastic taste!! I picked up a pair of green one while in NYC ... Love them! That Schumacher print, I will have it in my house one day ... that's when I do eventually have a house! No more wall spaces in my little condo!

Thanks so much for visiting me at Nancy's Paul! come back to check us out!

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