I know you’ve been good all year… with fashion. Animal print fabrics, southwestern print fabrics, and floral print fabrics have been the top three favorites all year round. We’re nearing that time of the year where we can wear Christmas-themed clothing to express our jolly, holiday spirit.
Apliiq challenges you to design the most stylish hoodie, sweatshirt, or jacket with our collection of holiday fabrics. Will you pick the holly fabric print? Will you make your thermal look cute with the santa puppy?
Look at those two taking a nap.
While this isn’t the mistletoe, you can use this holly fabric to get a kiss on the cheek from your crush. What if you customize a beanie with this fabric?
Here are some examples on how we can take some of this holiday fabric print and transform it into the most spirited apparel in your closet. You can keep yourself super warm.
How will you design your holiday sweater?
There isn’t an age limit to looking good and dressing well. The majority of society considers many young people to be fashion forward, but sometimes our grandmothers are more daring than us. You can be 91 years old and look better than a 20-year-old.
Just because you’re old, it doesn’t mean you can’t think of new ways to express yourself. There’s a documentary called Fabulous Fashionistas, a series that follows six stylish British women who are at the average age of 80.
We also have Iris Apfel in New York, a refined, stylish interior designer.
Vibrant. Pop. Drips. Color. These are words that describe the artistic style of Evan Lorberbaum, a.k.a. ELO. He is a visual artist from New York, currently attending NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where his focus is Art and Business/Entrepreneurship. ELO sent us fabric prints of his original paintings to make available for all to customize!
His style often uses the “drip” effect, symbolizing that nothing lasts forever–when we are truly happy, we live in the moment and we live without regretting anything. ELO doesn’t limit himself to a flat canvas. He coats sculptures, buildings, and fashion with vibrant paint and texture. What comes to mind for you when you see these creations?
ELO draws influence from revolutionary artists Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. Pollock was one of the most influential artists in the abstract expressionist movement. Warhol was at the forefront of the pop art movement. Both artists are legends in modern American Art and have made a huge impact on our world.
The word of the day is “madras”. Not the cocktail version–the fabric version. Some people may call a madras pattern “plaid” or “checkered“. The name is derived from a former city name in India now known as Chennai.
Madras: A lightweight plain weave cotton fabric with a striped, plaid, or checked pattern. A true madras will bleed when washed. This type of fabric is usually imported from India. End-uses are men’s and women’s shirts and dresses. – fabric.com
Wearing a madras apparel was pretty popular in the 1960s. It gives that feeling of spring or summer time.
It has that preppy feeling too. A popular pattern for private school uniforms, nerdy costumes, lumberjacks, etc. Can you rock a madras pattern? You can customize your hoodie or jacket with our collection of plaids.
You can apply this fabric to a crewneck sweatshirt.
This hoodie looks spiffy with the green and blue plaid with a touch of the red drawstrings.
Apliiq is proud to offer fabric art from New York artist Walter Cruz. Walter designed the “Crowned Beats” fabric which was recently added to the Apliiq fabric library. Visual arts has been a key element in Walter’s life. He acts as a social innovator, using the intersection of design and the arts to create moments of critical thought for his viewers.
The Crowned Beats fabric was inspired by the iconic late 20th century artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Walter created his fabric design by drawing inspiration and symbology from the artwork Basquiat created for the documentary Style Wars legendary theme song.
Basquiat was a New York street artist in the 70s and 80s who challenged the constructs of power and social norms through words and symbolism in his work. He was known for his clever written phrases painted on New York City walls signed ‘samo’. Jean-Michel explored dichotomies and dualities in his art, as a testament to these themes he was known to paint barefoot while wearing expensive suits.
The Basquiat inspired fabric print combines geometry, words, music, motifs, and a stark monochromatic color palate. Learn Walter’s story and the origins of this fabric by watching his short film. If you get inspired to design your own fabric like Walter, check out our fabric submission page and send some in!
Wear art on your hoodie, tank, or hat. There are plenty of options to rep Walter’s fabric design and tell the story of Crowned Beats.
What is art? To some, there’s a simple answer. To others, it may not be complex. Some people have the answer right away and can say it in one sentence and others have written a whole book on it.
To some, that question can be translated as, “What do you consider is art?” “What makes art?” “What’s the definition of art?” “What’s the perspective of art in separate cultures?”
Is art simple or complex? If you become creative, would you be considered as an artist?
One definition could possibly be that art is the product of creative imagination and expression formed into something physical or something that other people can observe with at least one of their natural senses. Paintings and drawings is not the only form of art. There is music. Film. Theater. Architecture. There is cooking and food. There is writing. There is even the art of conversation. Art includes many genres, if that’s what you want to call it.
Many art pieces in this world may function as something to make your wall more aesthetically pleasing, but many other works defy the normative beauty. Ever wonder if you could sell your own sh*t as art? You’re not the first one to think about it. Piero Manzoni was an artist who did just that. Most of his art were not dependent on paint, oils, clay, etc. but things that you couldn’t acquire from a regular arts and crafts store. He sold cans of human excrement. Cans of poo. No one ever opened these cans. Each one costs more than a brand new car.
For us, fashion is one of the biggest forms of art. It’s regarded as a visual and kinesthetic form of expression. It goes with photographic art, theater art, and even street art.
At Apliiq, we encourage people to express themselves through what they wear, and it doesn’t have to be extravagant. We try our best to acquire all types of fabrics so people can choose a design that fits who they are or who they want to be.
What is art to you?
Movember is coming soon, and nope, that’s not a typo. You’ll see lots of men walking the streets, in your office, at school with a mustache. What you may or may not know is that it’s a movement to promote men’s health, especially those with prostate and testicular cancer. Other goals include learning how to live mentally well and funding for further research about these topics so that we can improve healthy living.
There are many ways to get involved (ladies too!). You can check out the Movember website to find more information.
Learn more about the history of Movember:
Orange. Red. Brown. Those are colors that spread through autumn season. These Vans Sk8-Hi Pro “Outdoor” kicks are a great match for any warm colors for this chilly season. We’ve got many options for you if you got a hold of these shoes.
Let Apliiq hook you up with these hoodies and thermals for this season. So we have wolves, a vintage cowboy boots fabric, and the fishing scene. How would you wear these kicks? Which top would you choose?