November 2020 / Reporting to Inspire

Located throughout the world, the Trendease Team continues to deliver our subscribers around the globe must-know market information and inspiration straight to their computer screens.

We thought that our 17-year-old motto, Reporting to Inspire, would make an apt title for this edition because we are particularly aiming to motivate you through these challenging times. Some are saying that collections are becoming seasonless and trends no longer matter; our experience is that companies are calling out more than ever before for guidance and direction. Good design is just as important as timely design. This month we look at success in designing remotely, surface patterns and reliefs, trim directions, and unique collaborations to drive exposure of design brands. Get inspired with the November edition!

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Jennifer Castoldi,
Chief Creative Director

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Features and Articles

Jennifer's November Notes

Van Nuys — As much of the world finds itself in the second wave of the pandemic, we do everything in our power to remain positive. Second lockdowns are starting across Europe and most events have been postponed or canceled until April 2021. Some are saying that collections are becoming seasonless and trends no longer matter; however, our experience is that companies are calling out more than ever for guidance and direction.

Sabine Marcelis

Success in Designing Remotely

Worldwide — Nine international designers worked remotely and communicated virtually with their manufacturer to realize an impressive range of furnishings developed specifically with the idea of working from home in mind. Originality, paradigm shifts, trust, and quality of materials show what being connected is all about.

Bugging Out in Wonder Rooms

Multiple European Cities — The British Library writes, “cabinets of curiosities, also known as ‘wonder rooms’, were small collections of extraordinary objects which, attempted to categorize and tell stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world.” One category is that which would classify beetles and other insects. In a growing selection of today’s fine fashions, we witness these creatures gaining popularity.

A Hairy Situation

Worldwide — Autumn/Winter 2021-2022 shows signs of being highly tactile after a period where touching was off limits. Accessories are influenced by nature. Fur, hair, flocking, plumes, feathery yarns, and fuzzy piles adorn textiles, trim, buttons, buckles, and patches to make this season’s styles pop with texture. These 19 diverse products from 17 companies will have you pawing for more.

From Tessitura Carlo Valli (IT)

Flowers with Umph

Multiple European Cities — Textiles are rising to the occasion in this gallery forecasting design trends for Autumn/Winter 2021/2022. These dimensional designs are showing up on jacquards, lace, blends, and others. These seven companies, all from France and Italy, are perfect representations of what you will find in the upcoming seasons.

Fishy Business

Multiple European Cities — The beach, the ocean, the sea, streams, and all manner of bodies of water in between are constant sources of inspiration. This upcoming season we witness a fresh round of water-loving friends on a number of new product launches that would have been displayed on the trade floor at Maison&Objet in Paris.

Global Ethnic Craftsmanship

Worldwide — Oxford Languages defines ‘ethnic’ as “relating to a population subgroup (within a larger or dominant national or cultural group) with a common national or cultural tradition.” ‘Ethnic’ as a design description is extremely broad. In this gallery see which ethnic aesthetics are making a move to the spotlight.

Design & 25 Years of Fidelity

Milan — Last month, during Milano Design City, an event dedicated to design and organized by the City of Milan, a curious collaboration was unveiled between a design icon representing 25 Italian brands and an Italian supermarket. Celebrating 25 years of customer loyalty, this curation of products brings forth new and established designers to an audience of 5.5 million people. Not too shabby.