From Prussia with Love.

I have waited an embarrassing amount of time to write a blog post with this title.  It's clever, it's a Bond reference, it's actually a legitimate play-on-words, it's a perfect title.  And being so perfect I'm sure it's been used in this context before, but let me say it here first, I, Heather Struthers, have never seen it used in this context specifically, so I'm not intentionally plagiarizing.  And if I learned anything in University it's that it's all about intent, and big, sad, innocent, doe eyes with lots of fluttering, and maybe some tears. 

Why is this title so fitting, you ask?  Why because I just spent a wonderful, and busy, weekend in King of Prussia (get it? Prussia! Like Russia, with a "p"!) for the Spring AETA.  This is where I go to buy all the pretty things that I'm going to sell in the spring.  And also where you go to see all the trends for the coming year.   And ALSO, I get to try on lots, and lots, and lots of show jackets.

Let's talk trends.  Colour is back, or at least we're all trying to push colour on you again (because so help me if I have to sell another black jacket...).  I saw a few companies with burgundy show jackets, I'm thinking this might have little more traction  then the rust-breech fiasco of 2012.  Cardigans are a big thing again, and always a good look at the bar (amirite, Kelley Robinson?!).  Staying cool is a BIGGER thing.  Every company and their brother has a version of the Equi In Style ICEFIL shirt.  Like, A LOT of companies, so that trend seems like it won't be going anywhere.  Crystals are on there way out, studs are on their way in.

What colours was I seeing a lot of in attire other than competition jackets?  Buttery yellows, deep reds, forest greens, and taupes.  Gersemi does a really nice job utilizing the colour trends, and they even made a little slideshow for the fashion-trend impaired, surely not directed at me (*looks down, clears throat*), to show where these colours are coming from.

Finally, the company I came out being most impressed with?  Hands down, Horseware Ireland.  Their line of affordable competition apparel is phenomenal.  Tie that in with the always gorgeous Alessandro Albanese line and you've got something for any budget.  That's just the clothing side, then you have their blankets.  They've got two HUGE programs I'm really excited about, both of which I'll be making Facebook posts about shortly, so make sure you keep an eye out for those.

So that's it.  That's the post with the greatest title I will ever come up with.  Until next year when I put a little "2014 edition" behind it and pretend like it's still just as clever.