MAPLE LEOPARD: Dallas Fashion Market: Hot Spring Trends

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dallas Fashion Market: Hot Spring Trends


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Howdy,  Happy Wednesday!

It seems like forever since I've posted on my blog. When you go on a trip, there is always so much to catch up on when you get home!  I had a great time in Texas, and have lots to share with you about my trip to the Dallas Fashion Market.  What a fashion feast it was!


This was my second fashion tradeshow to attend,  and it was an amazing experience just like the first! Last year I attended "Magic" in Las Vegas, which is the largest fashion trade show in the world. The one in Dallas was just as exciting , but on a much smaller scale.

The show in Dallas was a little easier on the feet, as all the booths were located in one building.  It is 15 floors high and packed with wholesalers galore. There are a few  cash and carry shops as well.  Some of the booths at the market are open year around. The apparel and accessories market takes place several times a year, with mini markets in between.  Alright enough about the building, let's talk trends!

Hottest trends for spring: 

1) Ophelia:  This trend represents living life out loud and to the fullest.  It embodies a Shakespearian character that lives in the rainforest. This gal is intertwined with nature for a tropical feeling, it's tropical gone wild!  You can see this aesthetic present with bright green and blue hues, accented with orange and olive.  An Ophelia girl is creative, expressive, and drawn to the arts.


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 "Spot snap share" was an Instagram contest sponsored by fashion snoops.  You had to spot a trend and share on Instagram with the card showing.  All my marathon posting during the show paid off! I received an email yesterday that I won the contest, and a gift card is on the way. Woohoo I feel a shopping trip comin on!



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2) Boho Chic:

The popular retro trend has wooed us over the past few seasons, and it'll be no different for spring.  Bohemian captures a unique feeling of artisanal techniques.  This trend's expression is free spirited, saturated with indigo tones, tapestries, fringe, and a worldly flavor.  I'm feeling right at home with the boho culture, as I grew up during the decade this trend originated from.







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3) Pastels,Stripes, and Denim: Pretty pastels, sailor stripes, and everything denim will be hot for spring this year.  You can expect to see 50 shades of pink, powdery pastels, and fruity melon colors.  Shorts, rompers, and dresses in jean, will be all the rage!



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I felt like a kid in candy store, so much to see and take in!  Unfortunately you can't purchase individual outfit pieces at these shows, it is mostly wholesale vendors. The buyers from all the major department stores and small boutiques are there to stock their stores for the upcoming season.

I attended the show with  my friend who owns a boutique in Wisconsin.  I go to help her with her buying and make connections with brands for my blog.  If you are in the Milwaukee area visit Free Bird Style for the latest trending styles and a unique shopping experience!


If you are a fashionista and have never been to a trade show, I highly recommend it!  I hope this post has you looking forward to spring and all the fun pieces you can add to your wardrobe.  What spring trend has caught your eye? 

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned, more to come from the city of Dallas- "The Big D"


                                                  xo  Valerie

39 comments:

  1. Great recap of the upcoming trends...gets me excited for summer fashion! That mall is massive.

    Shannon
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    1. Thank you Shannon! Too bad it wasn't all retail....wholesale only....but it still was an amazing time!

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  2. This looks like such a fun event! I love that you shared the trends to look for.. since I need all the help I can get!

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    1. It was a blast! Ha ha Lauren..I think you have great style all on your own!

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  3. Congrats on winning the Instagram contest! More retail therapy... :)

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you stopped by...and yes more clothes..yay!

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  4. This looks like so much fun! Glad to know my denim dress is still in style for spring!

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    1. Hi Kathryn yes it looks the denim trend is around for awhile...I love it!

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  5. I love all of the fringe! It's one of my favorite trends!

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    1. I do too Karen! I managed to snag a seafoam vest with fringe at one of the cash and carry places! Thanks for stopping in!

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  6. I love the pastel and stripe. That mall reminds me of the Mall of America

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    1. I have always wanted to visit mall of America...maybe some day...that is a long way from Seattle!

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  7. What a cool event! I love that it was all in the same building...so much more convenient!

    xoxo
    Lauren
    www.dressingdallas.com
    @dressingdallas

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    1. Hi Lauren! Yes I did like that.....in Vegas you have to walk so far between all the buildings.! Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. So fun!!! I am loving the pink pastels I'm seeing. Wow what a massive place, my head would be spinning from all the goodness!! Gets me excited for warmer weather for sure!!

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    1. It was massive indeed and yes my head was spinning, but the one in Vegas is much more overwhelming! I think I need to open a boutique so I can shop at these markets!!

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  9. I've never heard of the Dallas Fashion Market but that would make sense because I'm not in the industry. I sit at a desk all day wearing non-fashionable clothes with baby spit up stains all over them- HAHA. Love the green dress on the left from the Ophelia line. Gorgeous! Glad you had a great time. xo

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    1. Ha ha Jennifer you crack me up!! I had those stains once upon a time..but they are long gone...kiddos all grown up...bittersweet! Soo..enjoy those stains...gone too fast! thanks for stopping by!

      Valerie
      xo

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  10. I am excited about the upcoming trends, boho chic has always been a favorite of mine!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Carrie, I love it too, reminds me of when I grew up...so glad the 70's trend is alive and well!

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  11. How did I not know about this trade show?! I will definitely have to go next time. Hope you had fun!

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    1. Awe sorry Amber...I only know of them because my friend buys for her store, and she tells me where they are all located...google it and I'm sure you can find all of them coming up!

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  12. All of your photos are so nice! I felt like I understood so much thanks to them -- and you!

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    1. Awe thank you Hailey for the kind words...so nice of you to take time to stop by!

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  13. I love seeing all the latest fashion! I'm so behind on that. :)

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    1. Hi Marissa...it is a LOT to keep on top of..some days my head spins..Lol..but I do love it..glad you stopped here!

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  14. Oh I love these styles and pieces!
    xoxo
    January
    http://www.thebouncyponytail.com/

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    1. Thank you for stopping by...love your blog!

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  15. OMG, so many amazing pieces to choose from! Loving the Boho Chic wear, that's just up my alley!

    xo, Alicia | AliciaTenise.com

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    1. Alicia..IKR?! I wanted them all...wish it wasn't wholesale! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Congrats on winning the gift card!! Woot Woot! Boho Chic has been in for a while, which I love! I can see how Pantone (sp?) colors of the year are influencing things with the pinks, pastels, and muted blues. I to say Ophelia is not my favorite, unless I was traveling somewhere tropical I guess. I'm glad you had a fun trip! Good luck getting caught up! xoxo

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  17. Thanks Angie! I am excited for that gift card to get here! Yes Olphelia is definitely for a tropical place!

    xoxo
    Valerie

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  18. I love, love, love fringe. Stevie Knicks is my spirit animal and I'm so glad to see this look come back in style!

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    1. I love Fringe too Brooke! Thanks for visiting!

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  19. I used to go to fashion markets and trade shows all the time when I managed women's boutiques. It was a blast! Thanks for joining us on My Refined Style.
    Cheers,
    Jennifer

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    1. Thanks Jennifer for stopping by...It is so much fun, I can't wait for the next one!

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  20. Wow, that does look like a fashionista's heaven!! Thanks for lending your flair to the My Refined Style Linkup. See you again next month!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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    1. Thanks you Shellie, and IM glad you stopped by! I hope I remember to link up!

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  21. This is an interesting thing for me to see fashion runway I always like it.

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