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Trend Seminar 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.

9:00 AM doors open 

9:30 AM TASTE: 2021 home, interiors & hospitality 

10:30 AM FOOD MEETS ENTERTAINING: food, interiors & hospitality design discussion with David Clark & invited guests 

11:00 AM coffee break 

11:30 AM BROWN AGE: winter 2020-21 Fashion, Colour & Interiors

12:15 PM GREEN WAVE: summer 2021 Fashion, Colour & Textiles 

1:00 PM approximate end

AUD $295 per person 

groups of 4+ AUD $230 per person 

* Early Bird Special! AUD $230 per person when booking before October 15, 2019



Taste is driving every aspect of our lives from homes to hospitality, from food to fashion, and from make-up to materials. The largest megatrend on our planet today must be people’s fascination with food, which is taking over our spending and inspiring all other interests. Kitchens are refurbished and enlarged, becoming the best place to be in the house, the room where everyone congregates to work, study, play and cook. Kitchen tools, tabletop design and pots and pans are conceived to better steam, roast, grill or bake foods that are organic, nomadic and authentic. Fabrics play the game as well, with darker linens and printed motifs, as if designed for the sophisticated amateur chef. Aprons come co-ordinated with shirting and watches are designed for the exact measuring of minutes and the reading of seconds – essential for any successful cake or roast. All this adds up to new shapes for furniture, new textures for materials, new needs for architecture, and new adventures for the great outdoors - all impacted by the textures, flavours and colours that define what we eat.


A/W 2020 – 21: Brown Age

Brown is a lively tint composed of several others, therefore it is able to adapt and create dialogue with all the variations of colour this season; the presence of brown changes these other hues and can turn a whole wardrobe around, igniting new life in all surrounding colours. When opposed by black, grey or white tints tend to be sharp and in contrast yet the warmth of brown, camel and beige takes the edge off these same harmonies, making them cosy and comforting for the eye. The innate happiness obtained from the simplicity of brown – as in the sphere of a potato, the grace of a ceramic jug, the organic shape of a wooden plank or the silence of a linen canvas – is creates a sense of belonging and a sensation of being rooted, of feeling a deep connection with materials made by hand, made by man, made with respect for all. The hues of earth and minerals, pigments and roots, clay and sand, as well as natural dyes such as tea and onion, embed brown as with a universal value, recognizable by all, a rare common language of colour that is in favour of the planet, able to adapt and live a longer life than most other tints. Shades of brown exude quality and longevity and therefore incarnate the luxury colour range of the future.

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photo by Koto Bolofo


With the ecological green also comes an aesthetic green, since brown is symbolic for the earth it is only natural that green will start to grow from that current. The need for green is so powerful that it will turn around fashion and design without any doubt, sprouting from different political, humanistic and survivalist sources it is impossible to ignore. But maybe the most important thing about green is its capacity to bring joy. Its energy and charisma are compelling and will help us be, combatting despair with optimism and happiness: joy seen as another form of activism.


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.

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Trend Seminar in Melbourne