Style leaders split on design and color trends
January 21, 2003-- Home Textiles Today,
Frankfurt, Germany — The industry's design mavens are split on design and color direction on their return from Heimtex. Product offerings were termed "safe" or "easier on the eye," a reference to the more brilliant color palette and bold designs of past shows.
Here's a sampling:
Andy Pacuk, senior vp, Robert Allen Group, termed the offerings "safe and utilitarian."
David Byers, director of designs for Wearbest, called the show, "warm in feeling," noting also that the high-tech, detailed jacquards were "standouts."
Joan Karron, executive vp, CHF Inds., observed, "Fabrics just can't be plain solids anymore. They have to be crushed, pleated, shrunk, embellished, which is also a high-profile technique."
But M.J. Ramos, head of woven goods for Duralee, pointed to citron green with orange and cantaloupe, from pastels to vibrants. "There's a host of new flower favorites — birds of paradise, poppies, dogwood and tiger lilies."