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S/S 2020 trends in Sydney

  • The Studio Unit 2/85 Dunning Avenue Rosebery, Sydney Australia (map)

Australia! Trend Union is pleased to bring its world-renowned trend forecasts back to Australia for two special trend seminars in Sydney and Melbourne. Hosted by David Clark, this half-day session will look at trends in Fashion, Textiles, Colour, Interiors and Materials.


1:30 doors open

2:00 FOLKLORE - Summer 2020 presented by Philip Fimmano

3:15 short break

3:40 THE HOUSE IN COLOUR - Home & Interiors 2020 presented by Philip Fimmano

4:30 CURTAINS, CULTURE & COLLABORATION: discussion with Philip Fimmano & David Clark

5:00 approximate end

Tickets: AUD $295 per person (including Eventbrite booking fee)

DIA Members (registered members only):

Groups of 4+ : $220 per person ($75 saving)

Students & Faculty (with current valid I.D.): $220 per person ($75 saving)

Please note that filming and photography are not permitted at this event

Folklore is as old as humanity and can be seen as a mirror of culture, a key to society, a projection of the mind.

- Dundes



Spring / Summer 2020

Folklore can be considered the subconscious picture of oneself; a way in which people share an identity and congregate with a strong sense of belonging. They belong to the region, to the landscape, to the history and its culture, but most of all they belong to each other. In each village of each valley the ingredients are the same, yet the execution differs and adds another local layer of sacred expression. Folklore keeps reinventing itself as society moves from one period to another and generations are requested to establish their multiple identities. Clothes are craft minded cultural carriers of intricate woven textiles, sumptuous laces and openwork, festive ribbons and fringes, beading and embroideries. The study of the global span of folkloric fashions introduces new key garment shapes and teaches us a very important notion: not one folklore is unique and not one expression is singular; and that these symbols can also be seen as visual maps connecting the human condition.


Spring / Summer 2020

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, a void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep and unknown.

So begins the legend of creation which brings us a multitude of inspirations, reflecting very new directions in colour. A range of muted colours is presented, moving from the darkness of our times, into the light and shadows, followed by the evolution of new hues connected to natural elements and animals; culminating in a celebration of diversity through the beautiful brown tones of human skin. These nuances and monochromes herald a much softer way of designing colour for the summers to come.



Home & Interiors 2020

After twenty years of incredible autonomous design, with the development of innovative materials, the testing of other volumes and the inclusion of changing rituals, the new focus in the house of the future will be on the use of colour. This taste for colour is just beginning and will grow in the next decade, influencing consumers to become happier. The innate fear in people for using colour is gradually giving in to the joy of manipulating it to transform materials and give life to otherwise forgotten spaces and products. A splash of yellow can wake up a room, a shadow of grey can design a space, a touch of pink can make people smile. With the renaissance of colouring comes new codes of conduct, a contemporary culture of more local choices and unusual colour ranges, with incredibly sophisticated harmonies where the green range includes blue and yellow, the terra cotta range includes pink and slate, and the neutral range includes skin and bone; slightly off combinations to make the same old look brand new and enticing.

Colour will become demanding and will impose its rules and ruffles, thus changing objects by giving them another more vibrant energy. Actually modifying the way we move through space, how we design different rooms and live out a more expressive existence.


PHILIP FIMMANO is a contemporary fashion and lifestyle specialist, contributing to Trend Union’s books, Bloom magazine and strategic studies for various international brands. He works in industries as varied as textiles, interiors, food, craft, luxury, travel and retail. He is also the Director of the New York-based creative studio Edelkoort Inc., providing concept, colour and strategic consulting to companies in North and South America.

In 2011, Fimmano co-founded Talking Textiles, an ongoing initiative to promote awareness and innovation in textiles through touring exhibitions and educational programs. He is also a curator of exhibitions for international museums, and has spoken about art and design at institutions such as Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, Nordiska museet in Stockholm, Royal College of Art in London and five N.I.F.T. campuses across India. He is currently the mentor of the Trend Forecasting Masters at Polimoda in Florence.

DAVID CLARK has established himself as a leading figure in the interior design industry. His 30 year career has spanned the textile trade as well as architecture, design, marketing and publishing. As Design and Deputy Editor for Belle, as Editor-in-chief of Vogue Living – David gave voice to his particular focus on the idea of ‘Home’. He values texture, technology and the sensual experience of being human. He believes in the pursuit of beauty, the importance of curiosity, and the power of design to create a more civilized world.

Earlier Event: November 29
Later Event: January 16
S/S 2020 trends in Melbourne