Spring-Summer 2018 Color Trends

By Madeline Merryman, Division Sales Manager of C.R. Gibson

As Spring/Summer 2018 is quickly approaching, a new wave of color and design trends are expected to hit the market. According to industry reports and CR Gibson’s findings, you are likely to see a range of designs including animals, florals, natural elements, modern lines, intricate patterns, and textile pieces trending this summer. Aviary Garden, Earth Tones, and Tropical are three of the many color & design trends popping up in the 2018 market, and you will be sure to catch these designs and patterns in the retail industry for Spring/Summer 2018.

Aviary Garden: A bit unconventional and a tad old-fashioned. Painterly feminine florals and watercolor backgrounds are the focus, while birds nesting in the branches, ornate butterflies, and beautiful insects play a supporting role. Delicate shades of pink and peach combine with some of the most vivid hues to create this romantic look. The Aviary Garden color trend includes soft toned pinks and corals with bolder accents of pinks, turquoise, and greens. Finishes include a mixture of shiny, matte, and aged golds. Embellishments include glitter, foil, transparent/semitransparent materials, and soft feminine fabrics and touches.

 

Earth Tones: A salute to the ultimate inspiration, this look draws on the majesty of mountains, earth forms, trees, woodland characters, feathers, and leaves to inspire its design. Wood and bark in all their forms are present, as well as a host of natural fibers like canvas, jute, and natural yarns. Discover nature’s palette in the warmest browns, earthy greens, and dashes of cinnamon and lusty ochre. The Earth Tones color trend includes earthy greens, tans, and rock tones with uncoated, textured, rich, and industrial finishes. Embellishments include canvas, cording, jute, and vines.

 

Tropical: A vibrant rhythm of calypso colors tango with tropical patterns in a dance as steamy as the rainforest itself. With a nod to the pulse of the jungle, sultry splashes of neon characterize visuals of lush foliage, while vivid birds, festive fruit, and flashy florals swing and sway to a tropical beat. Tropical colors include bold prints paired with solids or tonal prints, neon bright set against black backgrounds, and metal accents. Finishes include matte/gloss combinations and texture mixing, while embellishments include glitter, sequins, foil, pom-poms, and tassels.

 

2016 Print and Pattern Trends

Looking for the fall and winter 2016 prints and pattern trends? We’ve got ‘em! Here’s four trends that have got our attention for the upcoming season.

PLAID

We have to admit…we’ve got a thing for plaid! From home decor to fashion accessories, this crisp, classic pattern is always on trend for chilly weather. No matter the color combination, plaid is the perfect staple for fall and winter!

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8 Oak Lane – Red & White Woven Brushed Throw

Mud Pie – Hudson Plaid Ruana

C.R. Gibson – Decorative Gift Box Set

STRIPES

Stripes are making a statement this fall and winter! Whether they are thick, thin, vertical or horizontal; stripes are always a classic staple. Talk about variety! Stripes can range from a classic two-toned pattern or an array of bold hues to fit every personality and style.

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All For Color – Navy Stripe Brooklyn Diagonal Zip Cardigan 

Studio M – Snowman Stripe Art Planter

Mud Pie – Coarlie Terry Dress

FLORAL

Florals aren’t just for spring anymore! Beautiful, bold bouquets are blooming their way into the color months ahead. Color trends like burgundy, cobalt, mustard, rust, emerald, and amethyst blossom for the season bringing florals from fresh to earthy.

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Sloane Ranger – Vintage Floral Weekender

DEMDACO – Black & White Floral  Cutting Board Set

Mad Style – Heart of Flowers Color Me Cushion

HOUNDSTOOTH

This menswear-inspired textile is a traditional and trendy pattern that is here to stay! Houndstooth has taken on a fresh and feminine spin for the season. This simple pattern helps add a bunch to basic solid staples!

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DEMDACO – Houndstooth City*Wrap

Mud Pie – Belle Bow Houndstooth Top

Mad Style – Houndstooth Leggings

Back-To-School Season is NOT Just For the Kids

Written by C.R. Gibson/Madeline Merryman

At the end of every summer, kids around the U.S. venture out to find the newest and coolest school supplies on the market to ensure an amazing upcoming school year. Adults are also looking for a fresh start and new office supplies at the end of each summer. “Back-to-school” isn’t just for kids anymore! The season is the biggest time of the year for adults to purchase office supplies and stationary products.

Stationary is a growing category. Sales are up 13% over last year according to Gifts & Decorative Accessories. Millennials want designs that reflect their uniqueness. Focus group participants shared that their journals, stationary, office products, and list pads are a statement of their own personal brand. With basic office furniture and neutral wall colors, small pieces, like stationary and journals, are a great way to affordably give an office some personality and life.

Journal Focus Group Feedback:

Mini/small journals can easily fit in a handbag or pocket. The primary usage of mini/small journals is quick notes and lists. Mini/small journals are preferred second to the medium size journal. When displaying the mini/small journals in your retail space, we suggest placing the product near kitchenware for grocery lists or near hand bags as to-do lists.

Medium journals are far and away the largest and most important format. This format is favored by journalers and often kept overtime. Medium journals are the largest area of growth in all materials and bindings. Medium journals can be displayed in a lot of different ways because of the functional size. One option is to display the medium journals in multiple areas of your retail space to show customers all of the different ways that journal could be used.

Large journals are used by professionals and enthusiasts alike. The primary usage is generally tied to a specific setting, as the journal is less portable. When merchandising larger journals, display with a padfolio or classic pen set for a more professional look.

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Read more articles about Indie Retailer Month here!


Madeline Merryman is a team member of C.R. Gibson.

Vendor Highlights for Fall/Winter 2016

 

8OL

Inspired by all things current, clever, and creative, 8 Oak Lane is a modern day solution for table-top accessories and gifts that satisfy the inner creative in everyone.

  • Instagram worthy gifts
  • Bring “Pins” to life with home décor, party planning solutions, & more

Shade Critters, a unique collection of UPF50+ sun protection for infants, toddlers, & kids, was designed with a let’s play dress up angle for the little ones mixed with trending prints that mom can’t get enough of.

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AFD

Over the past 18 years About Face Designs™ has come to be known as the industry leader in sentiment gifts and lifestyle products. To keep on top of the ever-changing specialty gift market, the company continues to evolve; designing and developing appropriate product types while staying true to our mission statement of offering creative, high quality product at great values.

Over the past 2 years, About Face Designs has added significantly to our product offering introducing the “softer side” of our company in 2014. New product categories have included, pillows, tote bags, cosmetic bags, baby onesies and women’s scarves. These new categories have generated a huge amount of excitement and business for the company and underscored our direction to transform our product offering.

In 2015 we continued this approach of diversification by introducing new lines including the new “Hello World™” Collection, with a fashionable color palette, gold metallic accents and clever “affirmation” messages. More excitement was in store for January 2016 as we greatly expand Hello World and introduced the new innovative “State of Mine™” and “Say What™” Collections! And mid-year 2016 promises to be the best new product launch ever for About Face Designs as we further build on our past success!

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AFC

This season you will fall in love with color!

Fall 2016 All For Color is all about mixing our namesake punchy brights with classic neutrals and navy. We have focused not only on great accessories and fashion separates, but a full coordinating collection designed for true style ease and wearability. You’ll find timeless pieces that are sure to become staples in your wardrobe.

From our incredibly comfortable Streamline Leggings, to our versatile Wren Utility Jackets, we literally have you covered!

Rich fall jewel tones are front and center as far as color palette and comfort is key in flowy silhouettes and new luxe material options.

So this fall stay stylish, cozy and colorful in All For Color.

Enjoy life in color!

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BLVD

A countdown to beautiful candles. Boulevard Candles and Crafters & Co products are designed in the USA and made with the superior quality materials and fragrances.

  • Consists of candles, melts and fragrance warmers
  • Offers several upscale collections under the “Loft” name

Both brands offer luxurious fragrances in a sophisticated urban chic style.

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CRG

Hitting all design trends for summer 2016, C.R. Gibson’s summer release is all about color and prints. We have expanded our hugely successful LookBook with chic and functional leatherette stationery pieces that coordinate with our Lookbook paper to refresh our stationery offering. Our leatherette offering is coupled with new giftables for her with function and style, taking patterns from current fashion trends. Speaking of fashion, the always stylish Winks collection now features new stationery that will add style to your desk at work or home! Chic designs coupled with a pop of gold will keep you on trend and ready for your close up! Well-known artist Lolita, of our popular drinkware collection, is introducing an iconic trend mainstay to her newest pattern – peacock feathers. This pattern adds a bit of sophistication that is both flirty and fun. Also known for our kitchen collections, C.R. Gibson is bringing back Iota for the kitchen with the Periodic Table of Yum, a whimsically scientific collection using the Iota signature 9 colors. Each item is curated to add function with style. Cooking will become elemental in your home! With over 4 new collections, C.R. Gibson’s new summer release is filled with fun and fresh looks for the season.

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DD

DEMDACO fulfills the artistic design interests and thoughtful gift-giving character of consumers by introducing fashionable and heartfelt new product collections this season. Artful tableware and serving accessories double as delightful home décor with new product lines in the Home & Entertaining category. Delightfully contemporary and upscale keepsakes and toys for Baby & Kids appeal to modern parents and gift givers. Sophisticated and stylish new Fashion & Jewelry collections are thoughtfully designed with the act of gift giving in mind. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy adventure-inspired products that celebrate their passion for The Great Outdoors. Consumers can preserve the beauty and thoughtfulness of the handwritten word with artful new stationery products. And everyone will delight in welcoming the garden and outdoor-living seasons with refreshing new indoor-outdoor seasonal décor.

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JM

Jane Marie started as a charm company and has grown to a large line offering various styles that cater to all women and their own unique styles. We stay up to date on the current trends without straying from our vintage flair. Our designs this Fall continue with the latest trends using mixed metals and texture, natural stones, wooden beads, leather, fringe and tassels.

Boho has expanded! There are large statement necklaces to be worn singly or even layer several together for an incredibly bold look. You will be excited by the addition of Western and Tribal inspired programs. Complete your look with the new Wooden Beaded Bracelets or several of the new Stackable Semi-precious Mixed Beaded Bracelets.

Express your style from one of Jane Marie’s Four New Necklace Collections that can be worn short or long. You will want to add to your jewelry collection necklaces from Agate with wire wrapping, Beaded Tassels, or the Double Natural Stone Collection with polished & faceted stones offered in new hues to complement your fall wardrobe.

The Fall Collection offers New Carded programs of Delicate Necklaces featuring new icons, Initial Necklaces, and Semi-precious Natural Stone Necklaces in three styles. These are all affordable prices and great for gifting. Additionally you can look forward to several New Bracelet programs introducing new styles.

Charms have the addition of Druzy, Horn, Color Variations, Mixed Metals, and New Style States. The Charm Catchers offer 3 new styles including adjustable leather. Fall brings an expansion to the line of Leather Tassel Key Chains, State Bar Necklaces, and for your sporting events Team Colored Beaded Bar Necklaces.

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MS

“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, and where you are going. It doesn’t have to be bright, trendy or loud. It just has to be you”. Pharrell Williams

This upcoming Fall is brimming with numerous micro trends that all lead back to style and personal expression. Instead of writing a novel on the trends – we decided to simply list some that we paid special attention to:

  • Activewear – #1 with a Golden Bullet
  • Using Suede
  • Velvet Stuff
  • Use of Faux Fur
  • The Color Navy
  • Capes & Cloaks
  • Shift Dresses
  • Everything Mens – # 4 on the top retailers trend report
  • The Color (GRIS) A greyish beige
  • Hoodies on everything
  • Henley’s are awesome
  • Earring Jackets – making earrings hot again!
  • Mis-matched earring sets
  • Knee High Socks
  • Cork is Still Cool
  • Tassels and Fringe Rock
  • Pom Poms
  • Rose Gold – Thanks Apple

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MP

Mud Pie is welcoming in Fall and Holiday 2016 with 1,800 remarkable new items for their award-winning collection of unique, affordable gifts. Charming baby holiday apparel and collectibles; head-to-toe fashion and accessories; and fabulous seasonal pieces for home and entertaining.

Mud Pie Kids Fall and Holiday 2016 is Mud Pie’s brightest line of product ever with an amazing assortment of festive styles, gifts and keepsakes to make the season sparkle. From cozy sweaters, to Halloween Costumes and personalized Holiday apparel, the Kids line has special touches to make every occasion memorable. For little boys, it’s buffalo check, woodland prints, plush one-pieces and hero capes for dress up. For little girls, it’s glitter and sequins, pom-poms, polka dots and tulle dresses for Holiday play. From new collections and reinvented favorites, with sizes that range from infant to 5T, every little one will look bright and merry for the season. Looking for gifts that give back? New for 2016, Mud Pie is proud to introduce an exclusive March of Dimes piggy bank. For every purchase of this classic ceramic bank, featuring a raised “love” footprint in platinum, Mud Pie will donate $5, in addition to the ten cent donation for all socks and soft headbands. Mud Pie has guaranteed a minimum donation of $150,000 through the Give Today. Give Them Tomorrow. ® Campaign from September 2016 to January 2017.

Mud Pie Living gets festive for Fall and Holiday 2016 with fabulous gifts sets, home accents, tabletop décor, ornaments, stockings, table runners and cutting boards, all designed with a special personal touch in mind. The holidays are covered with both whimsical and traditional offerings for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. As the leaves change colors, Mud Pie brings seasonal flair to your home with additions to best-selling groups like Circa, Lodge, Pine Bough, Old St. Nick, Holly and Glitter, and new introductions including Oak Leaf, Fall Harvest, Hanukkah, XOXO and Santa Claus Lane. Tartan, terracotta, birch, stoneware, felt and grain sack are a few of the eye-catching finishes for the season. Look for new piece types this year from a throw and linen plaques to dimensional word art and a menorah. Visit Mud Pie Living for whimsical holiday décor, pet gifts, holiday themed guest towels and gifts for everyone on the list.

Mud Pie Fashion is focused on favorite trends for the season that are timeless. A head-to-toe collection defined by effortless styles, fall 2016 features classic, universally flattering silhouettes that require minimal styling. Mix and match for cool weather with transitional wardrobe staples including vests, cardigans and sweaters, ruanas, tunics, ponchos, dresses and leggings. Prints and embellishments such as plaid, tassels, flannel, and sparkles take the season’s looks from day to night. New collections of reversible necklaces, sentiment bangles, pajama sets and athleisure wear are sure to be holiday favorites for gifting. To round out the season, Mud Pie is introducing a genuine leather tote that accents any and all outfits. Fall fashion is memorable with gorgeous layering combinations and statement pieces – all at very attractive price points.

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SM

At Studio M (formerly Magnet Works) we are dedicated to creating unique, artful products for the home and garden. Each season, we collaborate with talented artists to bring you and your customers the best designs in the industry.

From mini garden items and garden flags to Art Poles and Art Planters, there is something new in every category this season! Outdoor décor isn’t just for warm weather – it’s an important category all year round. Our unique products stand out from typical seasonal décor and will bring warm colors and life to the brisk fall and winter seasons.

Merriment
Merriment quickly became one of our best-selling lines after its launch in January 2016. Fall creatures, Christmas cheer, and a cozy fairy cottage are just a few of this season’s additions to the fairy garden line designed by Mary Engelbreit. With bright colors and classic patterns, you just won’t be able to get enough of this collection.

Gypsy Garden
Our wildly popular Gypsy Garden collection designed by Genevieve Gail just keeps on growing! From the lake to the beach to a campsite in the mountains, there are exciting new themes to discover. Genevieve’s signature style and use of color and pattern brings a vibrant, exciting twist to mini gardening.

Flag Collections
This season, we teamed up once again with the industry’s most talented artists to bring you over 45 beautiful new flag collections. From turkeys and touchdowns to Santas and snowmen, these designs feature the best art selection and adaptation on the market.

Show Your Colors
With 24 popular colorways available in both 18” Art Planters and 6” Art Pots, there is something for every fan in our new Show Your Colors collection! Whether you want to show your team spirit or simply add some trendy colors to your décor, this program has it all. For an unforgettable, personalized gift, use our circle decals to customize the Planters or Pots with a team name, icon, or monogram.

Art Poles
Welcome autumn with new Art Poles designed by artists Susan Winget, Stephanie Burgess and Bernadette Deming! An Art Pole is an impactful way to add beautiful artwork to any landscape. With state-of-the-art design and exceptional quality, Art Poles can be enjoyed for many years outdoors.

Garden Collections
With artwork that flows seamlessly across items like Art Planters, flags, and Art Poles, the pieces in each of our Garden Collections complement each other perfectly. Each specially curated collection includes unique products that will coordinate beautifully in your store, as well as in the homes of your customers!

Art Pots
Our six-inch steel Art Pots are hand-turned in India and are printed right here in the USA. We now have over 100 Art Pots with themes for every season and occasion. The wide range of styles makes Art Pots the perfect gift item. Our new baby-themed pots make perfect gifts or party decorations for a baby shower or gender reveal!

Art Planters
With exciting patterns that will stay vibrant for years, our lightweight, durable Art Planters are the most unique planters on the market. Our collection now includes over 100 Art Planters! Each planter set has a coordinating MatMate for a truly remarkable front door greeting.

Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope is an eye-catching collection designed by artist Carol Roeda. The carefully crafted design of the line’s dimensional, kinetic sculptures allow each one to respond to subtle changes in the wind. Each sculpture is made of a heavy-gauge metal that won’t corrode or rust. Kaleidoscope’s bright pops of color and hand-painted details will turn any outdoor space into an art gallery.

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WS

Woodstock Chimes are the original musically tuned, high quality windchimes. Created by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician Garry Kvistad, they are tuned to beautiful melodies and scales from around the world. Woodstock Chimes’ products have been the choice of discerning customers for over 36 years. While chimes are the heart of our business, we are also the source for the award-winning Woodstock Music Collection, fun and colorful instruments for children of all ages, and the popular Woodstock Rainbow Makers, stunning crystal suncatchers that do for light what our chimes do for sound. Twenty new product introductions in June build upon our best-selling trends over the past several seasons. Beautiful tunings, celebration themes, plenty of color and many more Rainbow Maker suncatchers are all available at the summer markets. Our Customer Care staff and professional Territory Managers will help you develop the order that’s best for your selling environment.

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