Window buyers see embellishments
October 29, 2001,
Covering the window market, the various looks by CHF, Richloom, Beacon, Brentwood and S. Lichtenberg in chenille, embroidery and beading seemed to be the looks buyers wanted.
global product manager
Expo Design Center
"Based on what I saw at market, we're still going strong with organzas and now even more with prints on organzas. Dupioni silk continues to be strong in all different weights, with lining on it. Also hot were embellishments on dupioni — people are weaving on it to coordinate it with solid colors.
"I also saw a lot of burnouts and traditional macrame looks on top treatments and panels."
buyer, drapery; Rod Franz, buyer, curtain
"Overall the window products were a lot more pretty. There is a trend to elegance — velvets, chenilles, satins. Burlington's Westbury jacquard chenille, Croscill's Elizabeth taffeta and a mid-weight jacquard in rose and soft blues, and Waverly looked very good, especially the Echoes of Ireland collection," said Busher.
In curtains, Franz picked CHF's Vanity with a lingerie lace look with tassels and ascots and Croscill's Chandelier chiffon in vintage floral looks.
buyer, decorative pillows and window coverings
"As far as drapery, the biggest thing was a lot of embroidery and beading, which crossed over to decorative pillows. Lichtenberg had some nice ones, and Richloom did too. And I also saw some nice ones at CHF."
"In general there were two themes — apparel fabrics like chenille, velvet, lightweight jacquards and anything with embroidery. Ascots are the top treatment of the year. What follows is the big question. Specifically, CHF's Peri line was beautifully done and innovative; Burlington's move to lightweight fabrics with rod pockets was timely, and Regal Home's imported lightweight jacquards were well done and priced right."