Nu Icons embraces Smiley’s past and mashes it up with our digital future.
This new and innovative apparel concept is ergonomic, bold and to the point, designed for the digital native where NuSmileys can be scaled across a multitude of media. It is expressive in its messaging and striking in its appearance. Utilising graphics across primary and bright colour palettes, often with fluorescent highlights, with a lean towards Smiley’s electronic music past and the nu rave movement. Whilst also creating a new digital music legacy for the present and future.
This collection is inspired by video gaming, clubbing and new media and features fluorescent and bright colours feature across 90’s inspired retro-feel designs, with fun slogans and bold prints leading the way. Pink, orange, yellow, green and monochrome pieces include crew neck t-shirts, long sleeve tops, vests and jumpers
For girls, cute captions including ‘love’, ‘be mine’ and ‘lucky’ feature alongside smileys transformed with heart and four-leaf clover digi-prints, while for boys there are more boisterous words such as ‘rebel’, ‘strong’ and ‘awesome’.
The Smiley Nu Icons illustrations are thick, regular and angled to compliment digital media’s natural design simplicity and immediacy.
Smiley are delighted to return to this year’s Bread & Butter trade show in Berlin after a 2 year hiatus, to showcase the latest collections to the most influential buyers, designers, press and fashion insiders in the industry.
For SS15, Smiley will be launching its latest offering from premium streetwear collection Smiley London and debuting Smiley World ‘new icons’, an apparel collection inspired by digital emoticons.
Smiley will also be exhibiting its latest technical accessories including sunglasses, headphones and skateboards.
These Smiley collections all take inspiration from the brand key influences; music, urban street culture, and colour, each of which is reflected throughout the brands stand design, which incorporates bright yellow colours, metallic mannequins and metal fixtures, the stand also has a futuristic feel.
Bread & Butter is one of the biggest trade shows in Europe, with 600 brands exhibiting over 3 days from the 8th-10th July at Berlin Tempelhof, and a public viewing in the evenings. This internationally prevailing trade show provides a creative marketing and communication platform for selected brands, labels and designers from the progressive segment that is unrivalled throughout the world.
Smiley licensee Incidence has expanded its retail development with the opening of a pop-up store in Germany.
The shop is located in Berlin Bikini Shopping Centre close to the Zoo Garden and features the full range of Smiley World homeware products.