Local fashion and home products take center stage at Manila FAME 2012

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Manila FAME reveals the latest global trends this season: “Paradiso, Tribal Fusion and Stone Age.” These trends will reflect the products to be featured in the March 2012 edition of Manila FAME, Asia’s second longest-running trade show and the country’s premier trade event for furniture and furnishings, holiday and gifts, and fashion.

Slated on March 14 to 17 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila FAME is the flagship project of CITEM, and has been instrumental in the development of the Philippine home and fashion lifestyle industries since it was launched in 1983. It is the only event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers.

“Manila FAME continues its collaboration with other event brands- Manila Now, CEBUNEXT, BIJOUX Cebu- to give buyers diverse products in a more convenient sourcing venue,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

Australian Merchandise experts Michael Cleghorn and US Merchandise specialist Linda Simpson conceptualized the Trend Stores. CITEM tapped the two international specialists to assist Filipino exporters and manufacturers in creating market- and export-ready products that are attuned to the needs of the market.

“Paradiso is inspired by the brilliant colors found on the shores of the Mediterranean—a dream place for escape. This trend beckons bold color palette such as bougainvillea, sunflowers, striped espadrilles, Sicilian hand painted tiles, checkered rattan and painted tableware modeling fish and flower illustrations,” said Simpson.

According to Simpson, with the Paradiso trend capturing ideas from traveling, the Internet, television shows and from friends it is up trending across the globe. “This trend is healthier, experiential and economically wise.”

On the other hand, Tribal Fusion is motivated by the fast-paced period of history.

Tribal Fusion’s signature patterns also take its cue from tribal weaving as well as from animal life. Global appreciation for mementos from the past also plays a role in this concept translating into looks involving re-purposing, recycling or reinventing clothing, jewelry, furniture and lighting.

Gray is the new black for the Stone Age trend. Shades of gray are popularly blanketing home furnishings, giftware, and fashion collections, which take on clean, sensual lines that delight the eyes. “A more minimalist approach to home design and fashion is addressed in this trend with more important, dynamic statement pieces. This sophisticated palette is calming, transitional and safe during these stormy economic times,” said Simpson.

Manila FAME is gearing up for a bigger and more exciting show for its 55th edition this March through expanding design-driven merchandise and introducing new export-ready companies.

Article Source : Manila Times