Category Close-Up - May 2014

Latest Looks
By Wanda Jankowski

A mini-guide to trends in color, style and popular niches in fashion bedding

Modernized Classics Traditional style elements are ever-present in the world of fashion bedding, but today frequently in designs modernized with updates in color, scale and placement. In Camelot Indigo by J. Queen New York, borders of damasks and scrolls are layered horizontally in shades of indigo blues. Intricate large-scale medallions play against miniature scroll runs and panels of geometric hexagons-within-hexagons. The shams are engineered and bordered to project a one-of-a-kind decorator look. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555,
Textural Illusions Texture as a form of embellishment still predominates, but particularly prevalent is the overlaying of patterns, the addition of color techniques such as ombre, and the use of printed texture patterns, such as slubbed silk or linen, to create a three-dimensional effect. Marly Gazelle (top right) from Alexandre Turpault is a cotton jacquard that combines medallions with striping for a multi-dimensional effect. Alexandre Turpault, +33 (0)320 440 722, Cachemire (below right) from the Bell’arte Collection of Zucchi by Mascioni is a printed eggshell-on-white paisley design in 300-thread-count cotton sateen with a distinctive beige stripe over-print. Mascioni, 212-529-0600,
Fresh Color Combination Radiant Orchid may not have been a smash hit this year, but more than one supplier is offering bedding designs that feature lovely shades of purple combined with rich navy blue. This Hyde Park ensemble from the Kathy Ireland Collection by Alok International presents a romantic Art Deco vibe, heightening the sophistication with the addition of gold throughout the motif. Alok International, 469-726-3368,
Big Flower Power Over-scaled designs have been in vogue for several markets, and large-scale floral and medallion motifs still hold center stage, whether the patterns are all-over or focused. The Quilt Essential in-house brand of reversible quilts from Victoria Classics includes this versatile oversized floral design. Victoria Classics, 212-213-1828,
Booming Brights Bright colors are not just for the juvenile segment anymore. Rich and sophisticated brights are used in a wide range of styles today. They update classic motifs and ramp up the eye appeal of clean-lined modern designs. Tangerine Tango and its orange-toned cousins are still going strong as well. Misha in 100 percent cotton updates the look of a traditional patchwork quilt with its bright hues in floral and geometric motifs. The reverse features a single floral design for a different look. Triangle Home Fashions, 732-355-9800,
Geometrics: Here To Stay A cornerstone of transitional style with broad appeal for Millennials through urban dwellers and empty nesters is the geometric pattern. The dual-gender friendly designs are ever fresh due to updates in color and the use of a variety of shapes combined into a single design. Malmi by Sunham from the Lacoste Home SS14 Collection, currently available through, projects a lively pattern created by juxtaposed triangles in blues and neutrals. Sunham Home Fashions, 212-695-1218,
Stripes & Plaids Traditional stripes and plaids are modernized by playing with varied colors, widths and textures within a pattern. The Huntington Stripe Collection from Trina Turk by Peking Handicraft Inc. offers brilliant blue and green stripes in varied widths grounded by crisp white on the 400-thread-count face that reverses to a blue, green and white geometric chain design in 250-thread-count. Peking Handicraft Inc. (PHI), 800-872-6888,
Bazaar Influences The pull toward ethnic-inspired motifs that draws elements from Moroccan, Turkish and even Eastern European cultures still exists, especially reflected in tile and mosaic style designs, bohemian looks and ikat treatments, but in more subtle ways than in the past. The Elodie Collection from the Vue brand by Ellery Homestyles offers a delicate, bohemian engineered print on an engaging teal ground. The embroidered shams coordinate well with the embellished decorative pillows. Ellery Homestyles, LLC, 212-684-5364,
Regional Looks With Subtlety Consumers looking for niche coastal, lodge and tropical looks still abound. Today, some of the designs are slightly more sophisticated and less literal than they had been in years past. Here are two examples of regional looks from C&F Enterprises. The Gibson Lake Collection (top left) features a quilt that pairs saturated solids with plaids. The woodsy motifs are confined to playful decorative pillows. The St. Croix Collection (below left) allows consumers to feel as if they are in the tropics even if they don’t live there with its hibiscus flowers and oversized banana leaves. C&F Enterprises, 888-889-9868,
The Rise Of Digital Prints All the rage is technology’s latest contribution to home textiles, the ability to digitally print. Advantages of the process include the elimination of repeat and size limitations, and the ability to produce small minimums. This digitally printed Night Blooms ensemble by Revman International is from the Vera Wang Collection. Revman International, Inc., 212-278-0300,
Embroidered Embellishments Embroidery never goes out of fashion and remains a staple treatment in creating visually striking designs. Its versatility allows it to become the main attraction or a valued accent. Marguerite by Nina Ricci is an embroidered percale featuring a modern, delicate take on a flowers-and-leaves motif. Nina Ricci, +33 (0)3 20 44 07 22,
Tone-On-Tone Monochromatic and tone-on-tone designs seem to have caught on this season, whether it’s a print, a jacquard or a solid with embellishments, such as embroidery, ruffles and pintucks. Damasco in the Bell’arte Collection from the Zucchi by Mascioni has a subtle, printed trompe l’oeil jacquard effect that depicts classic woven damask. White matte and sheen are combined in the 300-thread-count cotton sateen duvet covers and shams. Mascioni, 212-529-0600,
Touch Of The Artist’s Hand Designs that reflect the artist’s hand, from motifs that appear to be hand-drawn or that are calligraphy-rich, to looks with intended “imperfections” that seem hand-blocked, distressed or antiqued, are presented today at both affordable and luxury price points. The luxurious Magic Tree from the Mystic Nature Collection by Zimmer + Rohde is offered in violet and in rose on a white or satin finesse background. The pattern displays an intricate drawing of a burgeoning, dense vista of treetops. Zimmer + Rohde from Schlossberg USA, 908-238-0006,
Neutrals Plus Gray remains the king of the neutral tones. This season, its pairing with yellow presents the most popular duo. Nantucket from the For Your Home by Vicki Payne Collection made by Royale Linens is a damask with an ikat look in yellow, gray and white. The 230-thread-count cotton sateen reverses to plaid. The 300-thread-count sheets are also cotton sateen. Royale Linens, Inc., 201-997-3700,
Always “In” Elegance Although printed lace looks for the affordably minded are on-trend today, echoing the love for lace that hit big in apparel last year, at the luxury level the real thing is available and as elegant as ever. Guipure lace options from the Schlossberg Poésie Collection are offered in pure (shown) and blanc. Shown are Floralie, featuring a five-petal flower and leaves, and Leonor showcasing tiny bell-shaped flowers set amid curvy scrollwork. Schlossberg USA, 908-238-0006,
Millennials Plus We all know that the Millennials are a larger generation than the Baby Boomers with potentially greater buying power down the road. This season saw looks blatantly geared toward the younger generations with many softened to attract a slightly broader range of customers. Sunset & Vine is a brand from Victoria Classics aimed at Millennials and their moms with the tagline “Make Your Place Pinnable.” The ensemble shown incorporates two trends popular with the masses in general: black-and-white, and the “watercolor” look. Victoria Classics, 212-213-1828,


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