Colour Forecasts and Trend Tracking for Fashion, Footwear, Handbags, Jewelry and Accessories
The proliferation of tech gadgets has been a boom for leather goods with specialized covers for a myriad of models and sizes of phones, tablets, etc.
Premiere Vision in Paris has grown exponentially from being a textile fair to include yarns for knitwear, leathers, furs, accessories and hardware.
Some innovative and fun sunglasses and eyewear silhouettes popped up at Premiere Classe, the recent accessory trade fair held in Paris.
Women’s watches became more important at this year’s Baselworld, tapping into colour trends emanating from the world of women’s fashions.
The race for smart watches intensified at Baselworld, the annual trade event for the watch and fine jewelry industry held in Basel, Switzerland.
Black and white, plus red/white and blue were overwhelming early spring colour statements in Paris and Milan. European retailers usually receive merchandise closer to the actual season, and, indeed, there was only a sprinkling of newness in Paris this past month. However, Milan windows had transitioned into spring more extensively, not only with the traditional crisp graphic colour story but also with an abundance of pales and floral prints.
Based on the strong tradition of leather tanning and leather goods manufacturing in Italy, Lineapelle in Milan is the important international trade event for anyone in those industries. The fair this past month proposed a colour story for spring/summer 2017 with ranges referencing contemporary pop, bright digitized colours, neutral earth tones and soothing pales. And every palette used black, white and grey as an anchor to build on. However, it is the treatment of leather, textures and finishes that were really providing newness.
Première Vision in Paris this February has become a one stop shopping expedition for all those seeking early Spring/Summer 2017 guidance and inspiration. This international textile fair has expanded into leather in a separate hall, Première Vision Leather, and another section has been dedicated to findings, called Première Vision Accessories.
Moods ranged from ultra modern futuristic to ever-lasting nostalgia at NY NOW, the trade fair held in NYC formerly known as the Gift Show. There was so much more than gifts. Accessories have become an important component of the fair representing many artisans/designers who add a unique, treasure trove-like vibe.
Smartphone covers and smartphones have invaded traditional accessory classifications with novelty materials such as 3-d printing and contemporary designs. That said, traditional watches simply telling time remain important when in tune with trends, from feminine to modern graphic. Eyewear is also a key fashion accessory, from oversized to delicate thin wires. Cold weather gear is experiencing a bonanza with ponchos and wraps as well as plenty of fur (faux or real).