Author: Susan Date Posted:30 May 2013
The festive catwalk is already decked with its fashions for the 2013 season. Holiday manufacturers have been showcasing the coordinated looks that they feel will have buyers buzzing and a few have emerged as favorites. Fresh twists on themes offer retailers ways to revitalize leftover stock. Reimagining tried-and-true schemes has energized trends that otherwise could seem stale.
Chic Lodge Woodland has gotten an upscale makeover with champagne hues and a touch of glitter. This particular theme is evident in themes such as Enchanted Forest and Woodland Wonder that features natural materials, recycled wood, tin and burlap, with a touch of glittery frost. “Enchanted Forest offers the feeling of a romantic, upscale lodge,” “It evokes winter’s first snow that inspires beautifully whitened settings for 2013. With gold accents to lend instant glamour, we incorporate natural elements to create rustic contrast.”
Whimsical Fairy Land Elves and fairies continue to be popular icons for Christmas and now the whimsical characters are starring in entire holiday schemes. Many manfucatureres and designers are embracing the theme with sparkling white pieces accented with illuminattion inspired by nature’s sparkle of snowflakes, icicles and starry skies. “The theme features ornaments and décor in winter whites, gleaming golds and luxe finishes,” Beth Lorentz, vice president describes.
Wild Sides Jungle and safari themes are proving strong sellers. With Belgium-based company Goodwill introducing a lively Safari line that boasts bold red and gold hues with icons of lions, zebras and giraffes.
Urban Nature Combining natural elements with a metropolitan flair is the latest holiday craze. “Our Golden Birch theme melts urban life with a grand upscale sense of nature,” Ken Fetgatter, lead designer for Melrose International, reveals. “The look is bold and contemporary with shades of gold and browns. Textures are abundant in metal, resin and glass. Explore the elegance of the great outdoors through icons of owls, birds and trees.”
Bold Retro Danny McDonald, vice president of Regency International sees that retro vintage looks will be hot for 2013. “This theme is meant to evoke the feeling of homespun traditions,” McDonald notes. “We are seeing a lot of red/white/silver tones, but with a much more elegant feeling.”
Vintage Nostalgia Harkening back to Christmases of yesteryear, vendors are finding ways to re-introduce Christmas items from a bygone era. Midwest CBK offers its Inspiring Traditions Ornaments that are elegantly crafted of fine porcelain, accented with clear cut-glass crystals and silver electroplated trim. Bethany Lowe has expanded its offerings in this niche with unique items such as ornaments with fringed paper inside, pressed paper garlands, and vintage postcards pressed in metal frames.
Seashore Sure Thing Seaside themes continue to be popular and the nautical scheme has extended beyond coastal hamlets. New incarnations of the beachy motif for holiday include eclectic looks and textures. “Our Christmas by the Shore line includes mermaids in pearlized colors, coastal Santa with seashells and driftwood with a touch of glitter,” Gallerie II’s Phillips states.
Far East Fling Putting an exotic, almost Morroccan spin on Christmas has emerged as a fashion-forward festive option. “Bali brights including poppy red, lemon zest, dusk blue and bright green are trending-now color combinations that we pulled from the fashion runways,” Lorentz confesses.
Sourced from Selling Christmas Decorations online magazine.