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CHRISTMAS TRENDS 2014
Christmasworld Trends 2014/15
Christmas 2014: COLOR
Colors and Decorations
Organic shapes, elegant materials and oh-so-delicate pastel shades
Stark contrasts, blocks of surface colour and vibrant patterns
Expressive materials and dark colours aspire to inward and outward balance
A kaleidoscope of intense colours with floral patterns and symbolic motifs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neutrals and Nudes.
Brights: fuschia, reds, greens, pinks.
Metallics - Gold and silver, rose gold.
Large scale items.
Glitter, bling, sparkle and shine.
Chevron pattern ( still trendy)
Old World Elegance
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.
Personalization and customization continue to be hot in 2014.
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.
Shabby chic without the overload of roses, nostalgia, antique, re-purposed. The look for 2014 has a contemporary or elegant update.
They're back - Florals and decor under glass, the upscale cousin of the terrarium is trending.
Buttons are back!
Traditional craft techniques and materials reinvented for modern homes and trends.
Cottage, whimsical, country and rustic are everywhere.
Still trendy - Consumers are wanting bling, sparkle and shine. Look for mirrors, jewels, brooches.
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 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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