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English translation: style (the artist) - styles for every taste (the clothing store)

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15:04 Feb 21, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
German term or phrase: Stilrichtung
I have encountered "Stilrichtung" in 2 separate instances. The first context is as follows: "Vor 2 jahren entdeckten wir den Maler "----" aus ----- und haben uns spontan in seine Bilder und seine Stilrichtung vorliebt."

The second context is from an advertising campaign for a particular clothing store where they say that they have an almost unbeatable selection of "verschiedenster Stilrichtungen."

In the second context "style trends" sounds kind of hokey to me. Is this, in fact, correct, or could "fashion trends" fit the bill? I'm sure the answers to these questions are embarrassingly simple, but, nonetheless, I'd really appreciate any input you may be able to offer. Thank you.
kilroy
English translation:style (the artist) - styles for every taste (the clothing store)
Explanation:
The New Oxford Dictionary of English (1998) agrees with Tom's old Webster's:

"style = a way of painting, writing, composing, building, etc."

and

"style = a particular design of clothing"

I would stay away from the word "trend" in your example because some of the many styles might not be "trendy".
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Dan McCrosky
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Summary of answers provided
nastyle (the artist) - styles for every taste (the clothing store)Dan McCrosky
na"school" (artist); "style" (fashion)
Nils Ramsauer
na1. style; 2. fashion trendRolf Bueskens
nastyle; styles
Tom Funke
naStylistic bent/orientation
Michael Dollman
natechnique, styles
Allan Salmond


  

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4 mins
technique, styles


Explanation:
The artist's technique is the unique quality of his work whereas in the clothing industry, the word style is used more often than any other.

Allan Salmond
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15 mins
Stylistic bent/orientation


Explanation:
For the two contexts described

Michael Dollman
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41 mins
style; styles


Explanation:
Both fashion (5) and creative painting (9) are specifically listed among the meanings of >>style<< in Webster's Encyclopedic Unabdridged Dictionary of the English Language. I would be comfortable with using the term (in its singular or plural form) just like tha in your contexts.

Tom Funke
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5 hrs
1. style; 2. fashion trend


Explanation:
In art, style is the term. Stilrichtung extends the meaning by a nuance but I don't think there is any need to capture it in the example given.

Rolf Bueskens
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8 hrs
style (the artist) - styles for every taste (the clothing store)


Explanation:
The New Oxford Dictionary of English (1998) agrees with Tom's old Webster's:

"style = a way of painting, writing, composing, building, etc."

and

"style = a particular design of clothing"

I would stay away from the word "trend" in your example because some of the many styles might not be "trendy".


Dan McCrosky
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1 day14 hrs
"school" (artist); "style" (fashion)


Explanation:
In the context of a painter you may talk about his "style" most generally. Say, he/she uses an ornamental style. If you talk about, say, impressionism, that is called a "school" of painting.

With fashion, we talk about styles. The frequent use of this word as part of other words in the industry (stylish, styling) indicates this as the reight choice.

Best regards,
Nils

Nils Ramsauer
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