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Summer Trends: Coming Out of Hibernation

This month, as we move from spring to summer, we're emerging from a stressful and isolated year. Looking at this moment from the perspective of summer trends, it's interesting to see what people are gravitating toward as life slowly begins to feel familiar again.Not surprisingly, one of the biggest trends we see is people looking seeking connection. People are craving experiences over stuff, prioritizing self-care, and focusing on wellness for their bodies, community, and planet. People don't want to return to the...

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2021 Fall Color Trends From Fashion Collections

Our March Trend Letter was all about trends we spotted while poring through the look books from the 2021 Ready-To-Wear shows. As designers created yet another collection in various stages of pandemic lockdown, collections were quite different from each other. However, an overarching theme did emerge: texture. Huge knits, pleats, leather, satin, faux fur. These all mixed and layered and were often embellished with sequins and shimmer. It seems that a year spent connecting through screens has designers yearning...

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Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Trendspotting

In this month's trend letter, we're talking all about the trends we see on the Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear runways. (Are you subscribed? If not, do it today!) We pored through designer look books and watched films created in place of traditional runway shows, it was clear that this season's overarching theme is coming out of lockdown. With people getting vaccines and hope on the horizon, fall feels like the time of year life will begin to resume some regular activities....

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Graphic Design Kate Huot Bruzzi Talks Trends

Talking Trends with Graphic Designer Kate Huot Bruzzi

Kate Huot Bruzzi is a graphic designer based in East Providence, Rhode Island. Throughout her career, she has designed for companies with a focus on branding and marketing. She has skills in packaging design and most recently works building digital marketing packages for businesses. When she’s not working at her day job (or running a half marathon), she designs logos and branding on a freelance basis for local nonprofits and independent artists.    What types of trends does Kate Huot...

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Color, Materials, and Finish Trends with Kerry Rowe

“Trends don’t happen in a vacuum,” Kerry Rowe told me as we started talking about the work she does as a color, materials, and finish design consultant. When Kerry tells people what she does for a living, people are often confused. Color, materials, and finish design consultant, what’s that? Yet once she explains it, a light bulb goes off. As she explains it on her website, “CMF decisions are an emotional catalyst that plays a pivotal role in how...

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2021 Spring Runway Trends & Color Forecast

This month we've been poring over the 2021 Spring Ready-to-Wear collections looking for inspiration and trends to share. This year was particularly interesting given the collections were all created in the early days of the pandemic and there were few traditional runway shows. Designers responded creatively in both their collections and how they presented them to the press and public. As always, we created a Pinterest board highlighting the biggest 2021 spring runway trends we spotted. (Be sure to give us...

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Talking Window Treatment Trends with Cathy Wilkerson

After graduating with a degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design, Cathy Wilkerson spent the early part of her career as a designer and then Design Director at Robert Allen. Each season she worked on their ubiquitous color books. This work kept her intimately in tune with current trends in the textile industry, especially color and design trends. In her current position as a Regional Sales Manager for Norman Window Fashions, her design background and eye...

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Susan Claus of VividBoard Is Talking Trends

At Design Pool, we’re a little obsessed with trends. It’s why we send out a monthly trend letter and started this talking trends series. For our entire career, trends evolved in a recognizable cycle. But, like everything else, that’s not the case in 2020. Trends that had been developing for years stopped in their tracks. (Or did they just pause?) This is what makes these trend conversations so fascinating. Companies and design departments traditionally plan their work months, if...

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Talking Trends with Amy Frascella from Land Rover

“We believe we are setting the taste of our time,” said Amy Frascella, Director of Colour & Material Design at Jaguar/Land Rover, reflecting on how trend research has changed over the course of her career.  Rather than looking outward toward other industries for trends, Amy and her team now look inward. They want to set their own direction for their own brands. And operating in the luxury segment, Jaguar/Land Rover is in a unique position to do that. As a...

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Neoconnect, Trends from Neocon’s Virtual Event

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like June just wasn't the same without Neocon. To try and fill the void, organizers produced a month full of virtual content and events called Neoconnect. We attended a few of the seminars and followed along on social media. While it wasn’t the same as being there in person, it was inspiring to see what’s new and what trends are percolating. What was the focus of Neoconnect? The #MetropolisLikes product awards given out by...

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