Lidewij Edelkoort is well-known through Trend Union and Edelkoort Etc. for the many trend and lifestyle speeches she gives to professionals in various industries. She gives seminars about the trends for upcoming fashion seasons. On January 21, she will give a preview of the trends for Fall and Winter 2017-2018.
Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters, famous for her inspirational seminars and on-point trend books which are sold to companies from Armani to Zegna. She is an intuitive thinker who constantly travels the planet tracking how socio-cultural trends influence concepts, colors and materials for products in industries as varied as design, art, architecture, interiors, food and fashion.
Li is also a curator of international exhibitions and one of the founding members of Heartwear, a non-for-profit organisation working with craftspeople in Benin, Morocco and India. She co-founded a Humanitarianism Design Masters programme while directing the Design Academy Eindhoven and in 2005 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Aid to Artisans. In 2011, Li launched the interactive online creative forum TrendTablet.com. Since fall of 2015, she is the Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons The New School in New York.
On Thursday January 21 from 5-6 pm, Lidewij Edelkoort gives the seminar: ‘A Labour Of Love: Clothes That Work As Hard As We Do’.
Lidewij Edelkoort: ‘A garment can be so spectacular that we don’t even have to act or talk; it speaks for itself, the job is done. Clothes are destined to help us be and express ourselves. They are invented to do the work and guide and protect people. Garment and textile design is therefore the science of human experiences and their repercussions on the weight of a fabric, the tactility of a yarn, the nobility of a fibre. This notion is beginning to infiltrate the world of fashion design and is producing a young generation of post-pragmatic designers that produce – as the formidable Suzy Menkes calls them – clothes that work as hard as we do. Therefore the designing of clothes will become the latest mantra. Garments that are gathered in their own right.
There is a new reality check included in the creative process that makes women search for flat footwear, moving shapes and layered items, a process of normalization that nevertheless produces exceptional creations at times. And sets designers free to focus on materials and colours, to embellish and elevate the normal to a hard-core avant-gardist position, able to sprout a totally different sense of fashions to come. Cut is constructed and engineered, detailing is practical and hands on, fabrics are performing and mobile, layering is purist and simplified. Allure is given by volume and weight. Style will be operative to produce and seduce at the same time.
The working garment will be infused with the labour of love.’