Vegas Market Announces Themes For First Look Presentation

Las Vegas Market announced that its signature FIRST LOOK trend presentation and curated display will showcase four trending themes – Forest Splendor, How Novelties, In Black & White and New Heights – featuring new and innovative merchandise from more than 110 exhibitors at the Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market, running July 31-August 4. As an industry-leading thought leader, Las Vegas Market also will present another eight trend tours and talks addressing all that’s new – and next – in color, design and consumer preferences, and the Market’s popular “View on Vegas” Instagram take-over will offer top product picks from 25 leading taste-makers and style-setters.

“One of the most valuable aspects of attending market is learning what products are trending and what is going to sell through retail and designers in the coming season – something you cannot get from your store or office at home,” said Karen Olson, Senior Vice President of Marketing for International Market Centers. “Each market, we tap industry experts and tastemakers to curate the latest products that align with upcoming industry trends, and retailers and designers have come to rely on programs like FIRST LOOK to anticipate demand of their customers and clients. This content creates a much more informed buying experience for our market attendees.”

The exclusive FIRST LOOK program at Las Vegas Market highlights the latest trends – from furniture to home décor to gift and more – with four fashion-forward themes geared to both retailers and designers. FIRST LOOK also includes a selection of eye-catching product displays highlighting new merchandise from Summer Market in the Atrium of Building B, and a companion FIRST LOOK publication detailing the trends also is distributed at all Market registration areas. (NOTE: The FIRST LOOK program can be accessed online at

The four key trends identified for the Summer 2016 FIRST LOOK: 

Forest Splendor showcases verdant greens, rich browns, lavish reds, vibrant pinks and gold finishes, similar to a forest understory teeming with color. Featured products include bedroom furniture,

especially pieces made from sustainably harvested or reclaimed wood; bedding textiles; area rugs; wall decor; upholstered chairs; lamps, candles; permanent botanicals, and vases.

How Novelties highlights whimsical and cheerful novelty prints, animal motifs and fanciful landscapes featured upholstered chairs; accent tables; stationery and cards; shag area rugs; lighting; dinnerware; glassware; housewares, and gifts.

In Black & White, a category that speaks for itself, offers a welcome contrast to several previous seasons of tone-on-tone neutrals and shades-of-gray interiors. Featured products include sofas, accent tables, wall decor, lamps, area rugs as well as an assortment of accessories representing virtually every category of merchandise at Summer Market.

New Heights spotlighting Las Vegas Market’s rapid growth in the casual and outdoor furnishings segment. In just two years, Las Vegas Market has become a preferred shopping destination for casual furnishings, and the display celebrates this with a backyard bash featuring all things for outdoor entertaining.

Along with the best new-to-Market products, FIRST LOOK curator and 20-year magazine editor Julie Smith Vincenti serves up design insights and trends from a host of industry tastemakers during a related at-Market seminar scheduled for Monday, August 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Building B, WorldView on Sixteen; a simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be offered during the presentation.

Another eight trend-focused programs – comprised of both consumer editor trend tours and talks as well as sessions addressing consumer preferences and color forecasts – will be presented during Las Vegas Market. Highlights include a series of “Ahead of the Curve” Market tours with leading home fashions editors. Sessions take place: Sunday, July 31, 2:30-3:30pm, led by Brielle Ferreira, LUXE Interiors + Design; Sunday, July 31, 4:00-5:00pm, led by Irene Edwards, Sunset Magazine; Monday, August 1, 2:30-3:30pm, led by Victoria de la Camara, RUE Magazine; Monday, August 1, 4:00-5:00pm, led by Michela O’Connor Abrams, Dwell Media. Ahead of the Curve culminates on Tuesday, August 2, from 10:00-11:30am, when all four editors gather for an exclusive trend overview session in Building B, WorldView on Sixteen.

A pair of seminars by Deb Barrett of Soft Design Lab will predict home trends and key factors influencing these directions. “Design Destinations 2.0: Where Home is Headed Next” will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2:00-3:00pm; and “Designing the Future What Millennials Want” on Wednesday, August 3, 10:30-11:30am, both in Building C, Surya Seminar Room C174. And, Sherwin-Williams® Colormix™ 2017 Color Forecast, by director of color marketing Susan Wadden, will offer directional color predictions on Monday, August 1, 1:00 – 2:00pm, in Building B, WorldView on Sixteen. Complete details about Las Vegas Market programming is available online at

“View on Vegas,” Las Vegas Market’s popular Instagram take-over will feature top-trending product selections from 25 noted arbiters of style. Daily posts – from Sunday through Tuesday – will showcase new and notable products and displays, as selected by editors and bloggers, interior designers and stylists, retailers and other taste-making personalities from across the United States. Sunday will feature Kelli Lamb of RUE Magazine; Brielle Ferreira of LUXE Interiors + Design; Beekman Boys 1802; Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Home Collection; Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates; and Farah Merhi of Inspire Me! Home Décor. Monday will showcase Michela O’Connor Abrams & Aileen Kwun of DWELL; Irene Edwards & Catherine Dash of Sunset Magazine; Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Interiors; Christopher Kennedy of Christopher Kennedy Inc.; Max Humphrey of Max Humphrey Interior Design; and S of The Jungalow; Anne Sage of Anne Sage; Ryan Saghian of Ryan

Saghian Interior Design; Shea McGee of Studio McGee; Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab; and Bobby Berk of Bobby Berk Home. Wednesday will present Becky Tyre of Retail Details Blog; Jo Packham of Where Women Create; Catherine & Justine Macfee of Catherine Macfee Interior Design; Dann Foley of DANN Inc.; Courtney Allison of French Country Cottage; and Chef Babette Davis of Stuff I Eat/ Well Woman Podcast Network (WWPN). FIRST LOOK curator, Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media will share her favorite posts daily.

Las Vegas Market is the leading furniture, home decor and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 3,100+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market runs July 31-August 4. For more information, visit


Author: Sally James

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