Trend Sessions

Take a trip back to the 2019 TREND THEATRE

Industry experts, thought leaders and trend-spotters delivered insight on the latest design, style and buying trends in a variety of product categories – from textiles and tabletop to stationery and fashion. The Trend Theatre featured two 30-minute presentations, delivered each show day and more.


Sunday, February 3

Merchandising Surface Pattern Collections

In this presentation, Michelle explored how to merchandise surface pattern designs and create an eye-catching product collection.

Presented by Michelle Fifis, The Pattern Observer

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Fusion of Fashion and Home Through Color, Patterns and Materials


Presented by Nancy Fire, Design Works International

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Monday, February 4

What the BLEEP is Art Licensing...and Why Retailers Should Care

I get asked all the time, even by people in the trade.  The question never surprises me.  In fact, I LOVE telling people what the heck art licensing is.  Even more, I love telling them why they should care.  In her 30-minute fun, interactive and chocolate-fueled presentation, Anita Peterson de-mystified what art licensing really is and explored why retailer buyers should be paying attention to the trends, art and patterns licensors are creating and how it will impact what they buy in months to come.  We learned, we laughed, we gave away prizes and most of all, we spread the word that art makes everything awesome.

Presented by Anita Petersen, Wild Apple Graphics 

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The Power of Color Harmonies for Home Products and Interiors

The right color choices for home products and interior are important for commercial success. When I developed my Color Concept with 9 color harmonies each season and started working with that in my home product designs, my turnover doubled within one year! In this presentation, Astrid Davidse demonstrated how color harmonies can work for home products and interior projects. She taught not about abstract trends or individual trend colors but about genuine feel good colors that can be recognized as harmonious groups when you see them. 

Presented by Astrid Davidse, Astrid Davidse Design

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Tuesday, February 5

The Influence of Luxury Textiles

Shkendie Kaziu-Basler of Global Luxury and Jakob Schlaepfer presented how luxury textiles have influenced the fashion and design industries around the world.  She spoke about the design and quality of luxury textiles, which have helped shape the runway trends each season.

Presented by Shkendie Kaziu-Basler, Jakob Schlaepfer AG/Global Luxury LLC

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Top Design Trends for Children's Fashion and Lifestyle: Spring/Summer 2020

The world of children is a fascinating place filled with so much creativity--seen in clothing, accessories, furniture, toys, textiles and graphic arts. In this presentation, Jane A. Jacobs presented the latest looks from international trade shows for kid's apparel and products, highlighting key trends, seasonal color palettes, new print direction and more! 

Presented by Janet A. Jacobs, Kids a la Mode

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