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Jane Stockel, Editorial Correspondent for The Trend Curve, is in Frankfurt, Germany for the Heimtextil trade fair. Her top-line trends are below. The February issue of The Trend Curve will include many more details, plus images.
Noteworthy at Heimtextil:
– Off-Whites, Dark Browns and subtle Grays were inspired by wilderness and winter Whites.
– Grays continued to be Silvery or softly warmed with Mauve or Lilac.
– Lime led a range of vibrant, anything-goes colors.
– Classic colors were washed for newness: Reds, Navy, Gold and Gray.
– Black and White made strong statements when teamed with these vibrant hues.
– Denim Blues were on-trend in multiple categories.
– Coral, Magenta, Citrus Orange, Heritage Green, Hot Pink made for an eclectic mix.
– Watercolor looks returned.
– Pen-and-ink illustration advanced.
– Slap-dash paint effects popped up.
– Layering continued as an element of pattern, especially utilizing lace.
– Hugely oversized stitches updated crochet and knits.
– Appliqué was called on to create luxury toss pillows.
STYLE AND MOTIF
– So many PRETTY designs created a feel-good factor at the fair.
– Detailed patterns inspired by Russian folklore updated a Global perspective.
– Shabby Chic went back to the Depression.
– Elegant, baroque designs did not retreat.
– Stripes became wider, bolder or wavy.
– Giant flowers made a statement.
– Real and faux patchwork freshened bedding and rugs.
Here is an overview video of Heimtextil 2011 delivered by the fair organizers: