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CHRISTMAS TRENDS 2014

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Christmasworld Trends 2014/15

Christmas 2014: COLOR

Colors and Decorations

Trend Worlds

 

Silent Dignity

Silent Dignity

Organic shapes, elegant materials and oh-so-delicate pastel shades
This is a clearly differentiated, elegant and cultured look. A central feature of this style is a yearning for harmony and formal simplicity - complemented by restrained Asian influences. Dominant colours are apricot, lilac, mint and light blue. Almond white, dark brown and black lacquer emphasise the quiet authority of this trend. As for decorative globes, vases and trinkets, it is round, flowing shapes, which take their cue from the perfection of the organic, that are the order of the day. These go well with delicate materials such as Japanese lacquer work, ceramics with a craquelˇ effect and delicately tinted woods in a variety of wood grains. Graceful grasses and tree branches lend a sober, decorative note. The artistic designs are reminiscent of Asian high culture: traditional kimono patterns, gracefully drawn flowers, delicate ink and charcoal drawings as well as traditional Japanese motifs are spread over elegant papers, silk, satin and taffeta ribbons, and work together with shiny surfaces to produce their effect.


Geometric Gravity

Geometric Gravity

Stark contrasts, blocks of surface colour and vibrant patterns
Accentuated, formal, logical - this is a style with crisp features, developing the beauty of starkly geometrical forms in an interplay with severe black and white contrasts. Minimalistic beige and grey tones create exciting shading. Powerful, full colours appear mainly in plain, even surfaces. A shade of deep blue and intense yellow emphasise the severity of the style. From lines, circles, points, rectangles, squares and rhombi there emerges a rich and varied array of designs, including mosaics, cubes, stripes and linear motifs. At the same time, these repeating line patterns and sculptural reliefs, elaborate grids and criss-cross designs as well as some surprising op-art effects, appear to be moving. Nature, too, is integrated, with leaves and blossoms impacting on the designs. There are some translucent patterns that serve as a basis for printing ideas and these are attracting a lot of attention. The overall design is complemented by the use of brushed metal, lacquer, plastic, glass, ceramic, chrome and steel. The combination of mat, shiny and transparent materials heightens the visual impact. High-quality, toughened textiles complete the overall effect.

Shaded Modesty

Shaded Modesty

Expressive materials and dark colours aspire to inward and outward balance
Shaded modesty also reflects a natural way of life - relaxed, unpretentious and down-to-earth. Here, materials with a strong haptic quality meet calm colourways in misty shades. The style harmonises earthy loam and ochre colours with a dark night blue, burgundy and chestnut. These are offset by cool shades of violet and reseda green. When it comes to materials, it is the tactile surfaces of stone, concrete, marble, unworked slate and even woven or knitted leatherwork that carry the day. These are matched with specially selected textiles such as felt, mohair, jute, coarse-knit fabric and flannel.
The deliberate restraint is also in evidence in the patterning, which affectionately brings out the beauty of simplicity - like, for instance, in the delicate graining of wood, the veining of rock or the broken shimmer of shiny surfaces. Blossom from meadow and hedge-row, fruits and grasses bring with them a note of great comfort and tenderness. To create sparkle, there are ceramics and turquoise and stone beads. And, to create some elegant accents, too, there is chrome, bronze and copper.

Dazzling Beauty

Dazzling Beauty

A kaleidoscope of intense colours with floral patterns and symbolic motifs.
Dazzling beauty' - a kaleidoscope of intense colours with floral patterns and symbolic motifs
'Dazzling beauty' is a dynamic style, full of imagination, exultation and youthfulness. This provocative look is all about the unexpected, the surprising and the quirky. Bright, complex colours appear as if over-saturated. This includes sunshine yellow, salmon, carmine red, lavender blue, cool turquoise and shades of petrol in contrasting combinations. Exotic blossoms and flowers, together with classical figures in strong colours, attract attention to themselves and appear in the form of, say, painted porcelain, embroidery work and prints.
There are hardly any limits to the materials used: textures with a strong tactile element, loose weaves, course lacework, as well as hand-made and carved pieces, create contrastive tensions with coloured glass and plexiglass, iridescent foils, confetti and rhinestones.
Important elements for this style are photo real prints, shimmering light reflections, fantasy prints and lasercuts, all going to emphasise the modern slant on this off-beat and thoroughly ironic trend.

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Christmas Design Trends 2014

Home For Christmas

Warm, sensual shades of red in combination with light brown and bright white convey the homey and relaxed feeling of a close family circle. Cheerful kitchen designs and the patterns on hand-knitted Norwegian sweaters inspire gift-wrapping paper and decorative ribbons and accessories. Wintry blue sets fresh highlights on Christmas baubles with stylised snowflakes and on papers. Simple drawings of evergreens and stars adorn classic pillar candles. And when the candles compete to outshine the fireplace, Christmas like it used to be is just around the corner.

Mistletoe

Moss green, evergreen and mistletoe – this vital natural colour bestows a natural and peaceful atmosphere upon the holidays. Animals from the winter forest define the shapes of metal tags, pillows and even candles. Photo prints of deer and owls, along with sprigs of fir and mistletoe adorn serviettes, ribbons and all kinds of paper articles. Wood textures and authentic-looking materials characterise the surfaces that display the charm of wintry nature in a discreet and natural way. The only highlights to the wintry Christmas forest atmosphere are provided by glass balls and slender glass icicle shapes with matte and shiny surfaces, mistletoe motifs and shattered glass effects. 

Soft Heritage

A slightly faded sheen and charm settles gently like a fairy over products in pale to dark shades of pink. Time almost seems to stop for a moment when photo prints of baroque cherubs adorn textile accessories, serviettes or gift-wrapping paper. Clear coloured crystals, richly adorned and shimmering ornaments on matte glass baubles and lacy ribbons and accessories with embroidered or petit point effects create a feminine and sensual world that shines in the bright light of candles, star-shaped, round or classic pillars.

Snow Princess

The charm of this festive and elegant theme comes from an interplay of various shades of gold and bright white in collaboration with matte surfaces and decorations with a softly-muted sheen. Fragile ornaments, delicate grooved and dotted textures as well as ornamental patterns determine the designs, alongside gift bags, serviettes and Christmas paper reminiscent of old-fashioned copperplate. Accessories and round candles with snow effects, glass ornaments with a velvetyiridescent gleam as well as adornments that look like diamonds and jewels are arranged around fun figures, such as the stuffed snowman, in the enchanting and bright world of a snow princess. 

Secret Passion

Dark and warm reds to shades of brown embrace the Christmas celebrations with a hint of elusive mysticism. Ornamental motifs on simple candles and accessories, with surfaces made of sequins, as well as metal applications and shimmering textures add sensuality and depth to the modern Christmas feeling. Metal baubles show off patterns reminiscent of bronze imprints, while ribbons and granulate exhibit metal highlights that surround everything in the glimmer of emotional moments.

--The Christmas Trend Group

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Made In The USA

U.S. consumers are still focusing more on American-made products.

American Made Show to Join Dallas Total Home & Gift Market

Dallas Market Center and the producers of the American Made Show announced plans for the American Made Show to debut in Dallas as part of the Total Home & Gift Market. The American Made Show will be held June 25-28, 2015 as part of Dallas’ summer market, June 24-30, 2015.

“Welcoming the American Made Show to Dallas will offer our buyers the largest collection of quality, American-made merchandise in the southern U.S.,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “As champions of unique product and small business, the partnership is a perfect fit and we look forward to more than 200 independent designers joining us for Market in June 2015.”

“Retailers on Main Street, in museum shops and even in our National Park stores are under increasing pressure from their customers to carry more American-made products,” said Wendy Rosen, president and founder, American Made Show. “It’s our job to provide an authentic alternative to the look-alike imports that are often presented as authentic American handcrafts. We’re pleased to offer hundreds of lines to Dallas buyers and allow our designers to access a new customer base.”

The American Made Show to be held in Dallas is in addition to the Show’s January 16-19, 2015 Market in Washington, D.C.

The American Made Show is the nation’s premier wholesale market for designer products handcrafted by studio artists from the United States and Canada. The Show caters to professional artists who wholesale their work and retailers who value the distinctively different look of handcrafted American and Canadian products in their stores. Designers include the “Maker” movement, a new generation of micro-manufacturers, who are innovating and producing solo or with small staffs. Many of these small-scale producers start their businesses on kitchen tables or in their garages, testing sales at local farmers markets, fairs or with well-known e-retailers.

The partnership will meet buyer demand for quality, American-Made products – nurtured by the nationwide consumer support of locally and responsibly produced items.

Show management from each respective organization will continue to be responsible for exhibit sales and buyer pre-registration. Exhibit space will be initially offered by invitation later this summer to current exhibitors of the American Made Show’s January Market in Washington, D.C. Inquiries for exhibiting opportunities should be directed to sales@rosengrp.com.

For more information, visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com or www.americanmadeshow.com.


Hybrid Themes

Two or more popular trends from past years combined, creating a fresh hybrid theme.


 

 

Ornaments and Decor

Dark browns, taupe, golds and champagne.

Blues and greens.

Red and green combined with black and white accents.

Yellow accents.

Neutrals and Nudes.

Brights: fuschia, reds, greens, pinks.

Metallics - Gold and silver, rose gold.

Antiqued metallics.

Large scale items.

Glitter, bling, sparkle and shine.

Frost

Texture

Chevron pattern ( still trendy)

Burlap

Sisal

Lace

Faux fur

Chalkboards

Lanterns

Wings

Signs

Winter Wonderland

Nature

Handmade

Old World Elegance

Multi-Cultural


Candle Trends

Battery powered candles fitted with LEDs. - Makers of traditional wax candles are also responding to the great competitive pressure caused by high paraffin costs with innovative concepts. LED lamps are integrated into hollow cylinders made of genuine wax, creating an authentic candle-flame look while electro-magnetic candles accurately reproduce a natural flame using flickering reflective wicks in real-wax candles.

*Return of the rose: Offering a dark and dramatic interpretation of the rose, which appears for its third season, this rich, velvety and spicy fragrance is coupled with intense notes of saffron and oud.

*Very berry: A true autumnal ingredient, dark, rich, plump and juicy berries add depth to fragrances.

Scents of spirits: Gin-like notes of juniper berries and the smoky aromas of whiskey and rum, add complexity and a sophisticated edge.

Concentrated creations: An opulent take on popular fragrances, the darker and spicier compositions feature patchouli and amber.

“As we move into the autumn, there is a natural shift toward fragrances that evoke a sense of warmth and comfort. We expect to see light summer florals giving way to an altogether darker, more intense use of rich rose and red berries, as well as a dash of spirit-inspired notes to give a seductive character to fragrances,” said Miri Scott, fragrance insight manager for Seven Scent.

Seven’s bi-annual report also offers its own unique interpretation of these trends in the form of three distinct fragrance directions for the 2014/15 autumn-winter season:

Futuristic Folklore: An eclectic, warm, rich and spicy fragrance, inspired by a vibrant, multicultural world.
Augmented Authenticity: Appealing to the digital generation, an energetic kaleidoscope of fruity berries, heady floral accents and warm base of sandalwood and musks.
Engineered Evolution: A strong, bold construction where oil-soaked leather and urban woods lead to a sculptured base of metallic musks and amber resin.


Personalized

Personalization and customization continue to be hot in 2014.

Messages.

Monograms.

Names/Dates.

Portraits.


Extending The Season

As in recent years, for the 2014 holidays consumers will be interested in products that span the seasons. Snowflakes and winter wonderland, snowmen and gingerbread, stars and pinecones - Consumers are looking to extend their seasonal decor past the holidays by purchasing non-holiday specific decorations that can be displayed after the holidays are over.


Vintage

Shabby chic without the overload of roses, nostalgia, antique, re-purposed. The look for 2014 has a contemporary or elegant update.


Cloches

They're back - Florals and decor under glass, the upscale cousin of the terrarium is trending.


 

 

Handmade Look

Buttons are back!

Cut-out ornaments.

Whimsical graphics.

Distressed wood.

Felt

Pinecones

Traditional craft techniques and materials reinvented for modern homes and trends.

Cottage, whimsical, country and rustic are everywhere.


Sparkle

Still trendy - Consumers are wanting bling, sparkle and shine. Look for mirrors, jewels, brooches.


Burlap

This rustic fabric is still everywhere, but the fad has peaked. Look for this rustic material to be combined with pops of color, lace, metallics and delicate accents.


Holiday Icons

owls
hearts
stars
snowflakes
f
oxes
Angels
Polar Bears
Disney's Frozen


Holiday 2014 Pet Trends

Big dog clothing and accessories.

Pet tattoos. - Bling, color.

Chalking: This colorful, non-toxic product has a composition similar to sidewalk chalk that can be washed out of a dog's fur.

Stenciling: This pet-safe, temporary color is sprayed onto shorter fur in fun shapes.

Feathers: Similar to a human's hair extension.

Bling - sequins, glitter, sparkle and shine.

At-home spa pampering.


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