Tag - Trends

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...

Read more...

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....

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...
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...

Read more...