Style leaders split on design and color trends

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."

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