|The Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Style Team just returned from the MAGIC Marketplace and Accessories: The Show in Las Vegas. The shows occur twice a year, every February for spring/summer fashion and accessory lines and every August for fall/winter lines.
The shows are held in the Las Vegas Convention Center and at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Together, they make up the pre-eminent trade event in the international fashion industry, hosting hundreds of thousands of global buyers and sellers of men's, women's and children's apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing resources. Attending the shows gives the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Style Team the first look at emerging trends, including key colors and materials, and gives us the opportunity to meet the exhibiting designers (many of which are Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' customers).
Unlike the slogan ''What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas''--the style team shares their findings with employees and customers to help keep designer-artists up-to-date with the latest trends. The style team logs in many, many miles on the tradeshow floor, to bring back key upcoming fashion and jewelry trends. Below are their notes from this year's shows.
Overall TrendsLack of Uniformity--less structure in jewelry designs and clothing as a sense of free-spirit abounds. Flowing fabrics, less-fitted clothing styles, mismatched materials and layers and layers of jewelry.
Importance of a Cause--the upcoming election, combined with increased global and social awareness, brings many different causes to the forefront. Whether it is clearly spelled out or not, most jewelry and clothing designs have a message behind them.
Hollywood Hype--the power of celebrity endorsements is bigger than ever as Hollywood continues to set the style scene. The ''as seen on/in'' seems to be one of the most powerful advertising statements.
Alternative Materials--with a shift away from precious metals, designers are using bright colors and an increased scale to create over-the-top looks in a more economical way.
||White is emerging as a neutral color trend and is truly becoming a seasonless color, working well throughout the entire year. Crisp, clean shades of white are seen as chic, cool and classy.|
||Rich jewel tones such as Red Carpet, Imperial Plum, Fandango, and Midnight Sapphire represent luxury and elegance.|
||Earth tones including Baking Chocolate, Sandy Taupe, Lavender Grey, Champagne and Palomino create the less edgy mood of the season.|
||Muted pastels such as Fall Rose, Fire Fly and Maize offer a feminine-inspired softness.|
Organic shapes and materials--leaves, painted flowers, natural wood, vines and branches
Go green--sustainable, recycled and upcycled materials
Tattoo-inspired art--hearts, love, barbed wire, Asian prints and skulls
Mixed and brushed metals--rose gold, gold and silver
Large (and long) link chain--unusual sizes and shapes
Romantic elements--pink shades, flowers, ruffles, bows and cameos
Nature motifs--birds, frogs, flowers, butterflies and stars
Spots of sparkle--small Swarovski elements, embellished fabrics and clothing
Less expensive materials--glass beads, acrylic, resin, enamel, plated metals, wood and cord
Fiber art--embroidery with beads, coins, charms, felting and cross-stitch
In addition to attending the Las Vegas jewelry and accessories shows, the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Style Team also works closely with the world's premier trend and color-forecasting services to bring you the latest fashion, color and jewelry forecasts for creating style that sells. Located in the Fashion Spotlight, this resource includes key design ideas for current trends, product suggestions, FREE downloadable color forecasts and more.
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