Penchant for Pattern
If you’ve read parts two and three of our mini-series, then you know that Denise and Carl, our creative team, love love love color. But let’s not forget color’s best friend: pattern. We’d like to take a moment to report on the behavior of pattern (often misbehaving!) during Denise and Carl’s recent NYC creative junket
Florals: Denise returned from NYC with a charming bouquet for the design team, announcing the comeback of lady-like florals. You can already see this trend taking root at Drexel Heritage retailers — sometimes in tea-stained accent pillows, sometimes in a larger ground cloth. “I’m going to keep an eye on this,” said Denise, “It’s a great print market right now, and I predict the bolder florals will make their presence known as this trend evolves.”
Zigzags: Bright and bold. Big and small. Zigzags have crossed the line from the fashion world into the home furnishings world. From high-end fashion house Missoni to the hooray-everyday ready-to-wear collections at Target, “this trend has not begun to peak yet,” said Denise. “Think of zigzag as yesterday’s herringbone with a modern twist.”
Color blocking: Denise loves color blocking (remember our blog post Bastille My Heart?). “Fashion is so fluid,” she said, “and color blocking is starting to break down.” It’s going ombre, where a single color traverses from A to Z, in all its glorious incarnations, in a single, unified piece of fabric yardage. “It’s both subtle and arresting,” Denise explained. As an example, a pale lavender runs the gambit to grape. It’s both a fashion and home décor statement.
Are you starting to see a pattern with patterns? Let us know! Zig where you should zag (there are no rules), and let us know what inspires you.