Trend Feature - February 2014

Worthy Contenders
By Wanda Jankowski

What constitutes luxury and, hence, worth paying more for is defined in new offerings from top high-end suppliers

Creative Techniques: Watercolor-Printed Appliqué

Affluent consumers always expect something special, be it an innovative construction or inventive design.

The Strength and Beauty Collection, made in Italy with 100 percent printed Italian woven Egyptian cotton sateen, pairs an ivory ground with the company’s unique fabrication of sewing on appliqué that is printed with watercolor artwork. Max the dog is enjoying the luxurious result. Tribute Goods, 713-627-3700,

Tantalizing Textures: Solids With A Twist

Visual delight in luxury goods is often produced with textural details and creative constructions in fine materials.

Celio, Sferra’s new matelassé, is a line of coverlets and shams made with a blend of cotton and silk in a design that emphasizes texture and drape with hints of sheen in the all-over pattern. Colors offered are natural and sable brown. Sferra, 800-336-1891,

Quality Materials: Focus On Wool

Sometimes the sense of luxury is all in the materials used, with embellishments kept to a minimum.

These coverlets are made with 100 percent Australian wool and are available in a range of colors. The solids, trimmed with satin borders, allow the quality of the material to take center stage. Home Treasures Inc., 713-937-7716,

Florals Contemporized: Colors From A Garden

Floral motifs are such a staple in fashion bedding, so when it comes to satisfying the luxury customer, the rendering must be stunning and out of the ordinary.

Lola is described by Schlossberg USA as a “kaleidoscope of blossoms.” Indeed, yellow broom, red chrysanthemums, white myrtle and purple crocuses are splayed across extra-fine cotton thread in an overall watercolor. In satin noblesse and jersey royal, Lola brings a spring meadow home. Schlossberg USA/Bonjour of Switzerland, 877-BONSWIT,

Heritage Lace Introduces Downton Abbey Collection

Heritage Lace has obtained the licensing rights for an extensive line of well-crafted home décor and textiles associated with the award-winning PBS series “Downton Abbey.” The collection is based on items that might have been found in Downton Abbey, the fictional Yorkshire country estate at the center of the successful PBS Masterpiece™ show. The Heritage Lace collection captures the color, texture and tactile appeal of fine laces, sheers, linens, velvets, burlap, natural wovens and embroideries that would be right at home in Highclere Castle, where portions of the tv show are filmed, but that also fit right in with modern tastes and sensibilities. Heritage Lace, 888-522-3487,

Classic Elegance: Tone-On-Tone Jacquard

Motifs designed for sophisticated tastes with simplicity and elegance still remain staples of the luxury sector.

The Sonata Collection includes elements woven in Italy with 100 percent Egyptian cotton in a 630-thread-count construction. The fine, yarn-dyed jacquard fabric features swirls of vines and flower silhouettes. Nancy Koltes Fine Linens & Down, 800-643-1755,

Spanning The Generations: Expanding Price Points & Appeal

While maintaining deluxe standards, several high-end companies also offer more affordable lines to capture the loyalty of younger, less affluent consumers.

The Sudare design (above) features spice-toned paisleys in a damask sateen, 300-thread-count construction with piping finishing. A queen-size duvet cover, standard shams and fitted sheet retail for $1,135. Aimed at younger generations, Zig Zag (below) is a white cotton percale with zig-zag embroidered detail available in 10 colorways. A queen-size duvet cover, standard shams and fitted sheet retail for $400. Yves Delorme, 800-322-3911,


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