Attire Accessories - Dec 2017/Jan 2018 (Issue 67)

ATTIRE 17 NEWS AND EVENTS Showcasing the very best in gifting and homeware, this year more than 1,300 UK and international suppliers were present at Autumn Fair, as independent retailers and buyers from UK and overseas – including Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands and Spain – looked for inspiration ahead of the next big gifting and home occasions. Highlighting the importance that the retail industry puts on Autumn Fair, over four days, buyers from Tesco, Fenwick, Wayfair, Debenhams and John Lewis paid a visit to the event, along with independents retailers like Steamer Trading, Follie Ltd, House of Cards, Inside Out and Everything Rosy Interiors. The new Inside Retail Hub proved to be a popular destination throughout Autumn Fair. A series of workshops took place, with retailers able to learn about creating professional in-store displays, utilising social media channels and improving engagement with customers. At the Trends & Inspiration Catwalk, daily fashion shows took place, presenting the latest colours, accessories and clothing lines from Autumn Fair exhibitors. Global trends forecaster WGSN also gave its first ever live presentation at the event, highlighting the trends it believes will come to the fore in spring and summer 2018. With the inexorable rise of online shopping, bricks and mortar stores need to evolve in order to prosper.The Master the High Street Theatre – run in association with Brands of China – provided advice from some leading experts, including Jeremy Corner of Blue Eyed Sun, who spoke about how to future-proof your business against the digital high street. Looking ahead to next year, Louise Young, Divisional Director – Retail at Ascential, which runs Autumn Fair, commented: “This year’s Autumn Fair has seen exhibitors step up again in how they present their latest ranges. In particular, Home, Lighting and Contemporary Gift provided retailers with a feast of visual theatre in terms of styling and the many room sets now incorporated on stands. “The show also offers retailers an imaginative range of gifts for Christmas across all price points. Taking advantage of the weak pound, retailers from the USA, Europe and more travelled to the event to view the many product ranges that are exclusive to Autumn Fair.” Spring Fair, the sister event to Autumn Fair, will run from 4 th - 8 th February, 2018, at the NEC in Birmingham. To register in advance for the event, simply visit the website at NEW PRODUCTS AND FUTURE TRENDS WERE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT AUTUMN FAIR Diary dates Top Drawer 14 th - 16 th January, 2018 Olympia, London Fashion SVP 16 th - 17 th January, 2018 Olympia, London Premiere Classe 19 th - 22 nd January, 2018 Porte de Versailles, Paris Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring 21 st - 23 rd January, 2018 SEC, Glasgow Scoop 28 th - 30 th January, 2018 Saatchi Gallery, London Spring Fair 4 th - 8 th February, 2018 NEC, Birmingham Jewellery &Watch 4 th - 8 th February, 2018 NEC, Birmingham Pure London 11 th - 13 th February, 2018 Olympia, London London FashionWeek 16 th - 20 th February, 2018 The Store Studios, London Moda 18 th - 20 th February, 2018 NEC, Birmingham