Fabric Trends

Most jewelers know by now that keeping abreast of fashion and fine jewelry trends is vital to their business and buying plans, but many neglect the even more forward-looking trends that can be gleaned from new fabric releases. Fabric manufacturers, working at least a season ahead of fashion designers, have released their works for Fall 2005/Winter 2006. The overall trends for that season will include:

  • Follow the pattern. Look for more tweeds, pinstripes, jacquards, and checks. These interesting patterns signal a continued interest in luxe—rather than minimal—looks, generally a good sign for jewelry.

  • Color! Look for rich reds—from jewel tones to earth tones—to lead the pack. Other favorites include warm neutrals like tan and yellow/green hues. Contrasting black and whites also are in the mix.

  • In print. From paisley and skin prints to floral designs and embroidery, everything seems to have some sort of embellishment.

  • Heavy Metal. Fabrics for Fall/Winter 2006 are infused with a metal sheen. From beading to metallic yarns to metallic lacquer, it seems jewels will be battling clothes for bragging rights.