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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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Lisa Law Shares Her Journey with Essential Feng Shui

At all of the meetings for the Building on Hope construction project, Lisa Law exudes a calm and measured energy that pulls you in and instantly sets a comfortable vibe. Lisa is an Essential Feng Shui practitioner volunteering her time to create outdoor spaces for the Nashua PAL. We caught up with her to talk about trends in her field of expertise. At the core of her work, Lisa believes in working with people one on one to create...

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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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Trend or Fad? What’s the Difference?

In our series Talking Trends, we talk to designers in a range of industries from contract textiles, to finishes, to laminates. It’s fascinating to hear their perspective on what is trending, while at the same time they are keenly aware of what’s a fad. That got us thinking about the difference between a trend and a fad.What is the difference between a trend and a fad?According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a trend is defined as “a general development or...

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Talking Trends with Mark Denecour of P/Kaufmann Contract

Next in our series Talking Trends, Kristen sat down with Mark Denecour, Director of Design, Wovens, at P/Kaufmann Contract. Mark has worked in the industry for over 30 years, most of those years in contract. He and Kristen spent some of those years working together back in their mill days. It was a treat to have Mark join us to talk trends.We spoke to Mark while we were all still following our state’s stay-at-home orders. It was a strange...

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New Trends in Work from Home Decor

Team Design Pool was already working remotely from our homes in East Hampstead, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island when stay-at-home directives were issued. BUT....our husbands hadn't been. It was fun to watch them create workable spots in our homes. And then, over the weeks, to see how they've adapted to remote working. How did it go? So far, so good. (Both couples still intact!) It was interesting to see how quickly they set up a new workspace. And...

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Sustainable Textiles as Trends in Fashion and Home Furnishings

Sustainable Textiles On & Off the Runway

In our March trend letter, we talked all about color and design trends from the Fall 2020 Ready-To-Wear Runways. In addition to vibrant, saturated colors and oversized silhouettes, a major theme emerged about sustainable textiles and manufacturing practices. Consumers are aware of the toll fast fashion is having on the planet and, as a result, are asking designers hard questions.Where are your materials being sourced? Who is making those materials and your garments? How transparent is your production...

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