Gifts Today magazine

Key trends revealed

Big autumn show provides insight and analysis for retailers and buyers

FOUR key trends for autumn/winter 2016-17 are being introduced at this year’s Autumn Fair – and they also have a video showing the Christmas 2015 trends.

Compiled for show organisers i2i Events by global foresight business WGSN, their experts provide deep insight and analysis of consumer, fashion and design trends Lisa White, WGSN Creative Director Lifestyle & Interiors, presents the video on the Christmas trends, which include unusual colours such as vintage pastels and tropical shades, birds of paradise instead of robins, alternative trees and larger advent calendars with big pockets for a gift a day –not just for children.

The four trends WGSN have identified for next year are Artisan, OffBeat, Elemental and ReMaster, and will be introduced at Autumn Fair, which runs from September 6-9 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Craft is at the core of the Artisan theme. Design is moving towards a hands-on, collective and collaborative attitude, in response to a cultural need for physical togetherness and making. Traditional techniques such as basketry and knotting are updated by new technologies. Tactility is important; expressed through matte and pigmented clays, rough rope and denim, as well as dark and textured metallics.

OffBeat focuses on the importance of play, offering an escape from our technology-absorbed lives. Colours translate this sense of liberation with unexpected juxtapositions, pattern-play and material clashes. Realism takes on a magical vibe and absurdism seeps into the trend too, with surreal interiors and daring designs.

Revolving around the growing desire for calm and sensitivity, Elemental looks to ethereal winter landscapes for colour and design direction. Stormy winter weather inspires abstract patterns, while the silence of frozen nature translates into desaturated tones and tactile products.

ReMaster celebrates the grander eras of the past, turning iconic references into fresh inspiration. This theme brings together ancient and modern Asian and African elements with historical Dutch and Flemish masters, as well as strong allusions to the 1970s.

Autumn Fair has 13 sections – Contemporary Home & Gift: Gift, Home; Volume Gift & Home; Greetings, Gift & Craft; Children’s Gifts, Toys & Gadgets; Body & Bath; The Summerhouse; Fashion, Jewellery & Accessories; Retail Shop; Brands Of China, and The Light Show.

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