Walking the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings January 2016 Market was so fabulous - it is always thrilling to walk through the buildings and see all of those Trend Forecasts coming to life...and this year the added attraction was read more...
I've just returned from Atlanta Gift and Home Show, and look what I found!
One of the biggest delights of walking the Atlanta Market is that you are literally surrounded by the culmination of all those Trend Reports, morphed into three dimensions.
This photo is from the Pantone exhibit, showing some of their yummy colors from their 2016 trend palette in application.
I only had two days to walk the Market this time, but instantly saw textures, palettes...
We live just outside Atlanta, in a densely packed suburban neighborhood. Fine restaurants, a rich selection of arts and entertainment venues, Pro Sports, and the Atlanta Merchandise Mart are all within a short drive. Luckily, my talented Hubby has managed to make our property beautiful and serene...we are pretty intense in our business lives and really need that calm space.
We have a beautiful little pond for evening reflection and cocktails before dinner.
Sometimes, however, it is not so serene...
Jonathan Saunders S/S 2015 Ready To Wear - Paul Smith S/S 2015 Ready To Wear
These two ensembles caught my eye as I was scrolling through the Fall runway shows.
And see these little guys?
I've been working on a fabric collection named Turtle Bay, and it started out with the same palette that Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith were presenting. That's a preview of the collection in Blue and Khaki, at the top of the page.
I settled on Khaki and Grey for the first presentation;
somehow it is just so soothing,
so "Fall Coastal"
and so Baby Sea Turtles.
I made up the bed in this ensemble:
The fabrics are now available in my shop here.
Now, on to the Khaki and Blue!
Will you just look at this fabulous-ness??
This is serious eye candy, and a sumptuous teaser for the palettes and styles you are going to see in the Spring and Summer of 2015.
Gorgeous colors and flow-y, drape-y and swish-y styles are going to permeate the landscape of the streets, restaurants, shops and parks next Spring...how lovely is THAT??
The only thing I love more than layered swish-y fabrics is the sartorial look, which is a great counter point to this look and has a flirty tension all its own...but that post is for later. Right now, just look at these colours and patterns!
I'm bidding a fond farewell to New York City and heading home with my head packed with images from the National Stationery Show and Surtex.
Like this early evening view
from my hotel window.
The shows were beautifully presented.
Hundreds of exhibitors and throngs of buyers created a great upbeat vibe
throughout the Javits Center.
When I was a little girl, my Mom made most of my clothes, cutting out her patterns freehand from a brown paper grocery bag...
Growing up in Northwestern Alabama became a challenge right about the time I hit puberty. Gone was the enchantment of playing in the woods and planting flowers with my Mom; I was ready to move on, and never look back.
All grown up, I wanted to dump that frivolous kid stuff and go search for
the Real Meaning of Life.
Or something like that.
The 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard
Swap is on!