“Proposte is held in the centuries-old Villa Erba on the banks of Lake Como – a truly beautiful part of the world! The weather was very misty and grey, which added to the ancient and mysterious atmosphere of the old towns and quaint boats that tourists and locals alike use as the main mode of transport.
The fair itself is a fabulous showcase of top European textile manufacturers, and is ripe with creative stimulation. Textile businesses from around the world attend this fair, so it is a great place to talk to industry people from Europe, America and Asia about the trends they see emerging in their markets, and what is relevant to apply to the Australian and New Zealand markets.
Some of the biggest trends that we saw emerging were worn, aged and distressed textures and patterns – a fresh change from the slick, geometrics that have been so dominant lately, yet still chic while being as comfortable as a well-worn pair of jeans.
The distressed trend lends itself to the colour trends of indigo blues and warm greys that we saw. Grey has been big for some time, but we are seeing it move from cooler undertones to a warmer base, and blues just seem to keep getting stronger and stronger.”