Proposte 2012May 21, 2012

It's great to be home again, even though we're straight back in the thick of it, preparing for our Winter 2012 release at the end of this month. Stand by for some beautiful fabrics. I'll give you a hint of what's coming! ;-)

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So back to Proposte 2012. We had a busy three days checking out mountains of fabric samples. Like 2010 and 2011, trends continued in much the same vein, with only a few new things bubbling up. With Europe's somber economic state mills and designers certainly aren't going to get all radical and frivolous on us!

So here's a few things that caught our eye (and some images from our current collections which beautifully sum up these trends)...

As we saw at Maison & Objet, ethnic and tribal inspired designs are still to the fore: ikats, kilims, suzanis, persian and aztec-type patterns were everywhere. Often they had a retro, 1970's look, courtesy of their vivid colour combinations.

Suzani Inspired

Above: Suzani by Travers

Bukhara Unique Fabrics

Above: Bukhara, one of our stock Ikats

We were pleased to see flame-stitch popping up, which is another blast from the past. (Below: Estro Ikat)

Estro Flame stitch

The show's predominant fibres and fabrics were, once again, velvet and linen. So no great changes there. However we were pleased to see more wool about; it's certainly a trend on the rise and one to watch.

Colour-wise we saw a lot of white. The neutral colours continued to be cooler with a grey/blue look rather than a yellow base. Charcoal was still big news.

Coming Home

One of the accent colours we loved was a soft mustard yellow with a touch of green, it works so beautifully with charcoals and greys. (Above: Nobi from ZR's Coming Home collection) We saw lots of indigo and duck egg too. (Below: Ceramica collection)

Ceramica Indigo

As a 'micro-trend' metallics continue to bubble along. We particularly liked the more subtle ones which glowed rather than sparkled; something Arte does so well. (Below: A selection from Penelope by Arte)

Penelope metallic

So that was Proposte 2012.

Have a great week everyone.

Carol and Albertha

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