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Autumn/ Winter Trends 2018

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”

Depending where you are, winter in Australia (specifically Queensland) isn’t quite the same as other places. Despite the lack of snow, we do all we can to ensure the cooler days last longer by filling ourselves with cups of tea or snuggling into that beanie around the weekend campfire. No matter how short our winters may be, we’re here to present you with our forecast of Autumn/ Winter trends for 2018.

Earlier in the year we released our 2018 trend forecast and spoke about the 2018 Colour of the Year. We’ve returned again to dive into the crisp mornings of winter through cozy shearing jackets and reflect on the short days through the dark tones of forest green.


Mustard Magic

If there is a perfect time to unleash your mustard crush, the time is now!

Fashion: Bring mustard into your wardrobe as the key player in this trend through over-sized knits and denim. Feeling bold? Navy is the perfect partnership to go with this magnificent colour. Even corduroy is back in (pair with sleek black ankle booties for an updated look). A little pair of mustard socks popping over your black boots and onto your ankles to will transform any dull winter day.

Interiors: From the bold couch to the casual throw, it’s easy to introduce mustard into your living space. Give your balcony a Moroccan feel with mustard pots, or sprawl on gorgeous velvet cushions.

Our ‘go to’ prop: Wire Deer


Winter Comforts

Fashion: Embrace all the textures this winter with ‘teddy bear’ comforts back in trend. From wool shearing coats to cashmere jumpers, it’s all about creature comforts. Neutrals are everything, and your wardrobe will be happy to see the sweet relief of summer brights when you curl into all the turtle necks and wool sweaters you can find.

Interiors: This trend is all about creating a comfy, relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Create a personalized gallery wall by using black and white family photos, freshen your bed linen with textures and if you haven’t already, introduce indoor plants. Keep to silver toned greenery such as patio olive trees and dried eucalyptus.

Our ‘go to’ prop: Louis Armchair Cream


Stranger Things

The Netflix series making its way from our lounge room to our closet; Stranger Things. Having just concluded their second season, the vibes of this trend are seeping into our everyday lives.

Fashion: Dark, mysterious, jungle vibes are what we’re feeling for this winter. Cosy up into op-shop finds in muted greens and dusty bomber jackets. You can’t go wrong with a rich emerald mini skirt and tights; match your finds to a classic pair of doc martens for a perfect cold weather combo. Without dipping our own toes back into 80’s nostalgia too much, we’re adopting key items such as caps, denim and shearling combos, trending the mysterious colour palette of the science-fiction show.

Interiors: With the sun setting earlier during the colder months, it’s a wonderful time to grace your interiors with darker hues. Paint a feature wall in Pantone’s ‘Dark Forest’ shade and embrace the beauty of rich and inky tones. Add life back into your home with a mix of greenery and flowers and welcome the 2018 colour of the year, Ultra Violet into your home through this trend, by mixing floral arrangements with a purple feature flower.

Our ‘go to’ prop: Luxe Gold Orbs and Tropical Monstera Leaves

Millennial Pink

It’s time we touched on the colour brushing everyone’s lips: millennial pink. Is it a salmon tone, a pastel peachy hue or a 90’s apricot hangover? D, All of the above.

Fashion: The Guardian states, “Millennial pink represents a kind of ironic prettiness, or post-prettiness. It’s a way to be pretty while retaining your intellectual detachment”. It’s a trend that captures modern feminism by straightforward placing and reclaiming this colour in everything from clothing to furniture. Find this statement colour everywhere; from coats to shoes but definitely in your kitchen.

Interiors: We blame Wes Anderson for the rise of Millennial Pink as it seeped from his 2014 film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. The pink trend is timeless and can be matched with most of your existing furnishings, match with burgundy for a masculine twist or rose gold to keep it girly. The frosty shades capture the ambiance of a previous life, and we love it! Style this pink in every way possible, it’s here to stay.

Our ‘go to’ prop: Pastel Pink Market Cart


The Rustic Classic

Our VM+ team trekked to the Sydney Gift Fair this month and were swept up into a collection of Autumnal native bouquets and dusty tones of the changing seasons. The tones of burnt chocolate and amber mix with muted army greens to create an Autumn heaven. We love the classic American maple leaf that captures quintessential Autumn, but what better way to cast our Australian style into the season than by our own collection of natives and sun-bleached bronze tones. By integrating native foliage into a display with rustic crates and Edison bulb lighting, an effective Autumn display is created.     

Our ‘go to’ prop: (COMING SOON) Burnt Chocolate Paper Ottoman 


A/W18 Fabric – VELVET

We couldn’t end this Autumn/ Winter Trend guide without sending out some love to our favourite fabric of the season – velvet. Seen throughout Prada accessories and international street styles, velvet has captured our attention. We love seeing it in all colours; mustard, burgundy, mint green and of course, pink. Wear it everywhere and anywhere, you have our full support to dip your toes or plunge your home into this fabric trend.


Read our 2018 Trend Forecast, and our blog on Ultra Violet: Pantone Colour of the Year.

For more inspiration, view our seasonal display gallery.

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Hop to it… it’s Easter!

From the Easter bunny and chocolate egg hunts, to hot cross buns and Church on Sunday, there are many ways to celebrate Easter!

We’ve put together our favourite elements of Easter. From shopping centre displays, to international VM designs and decorating ideas you can do at home. We also have beautiful props available to hire for your Easter events.

We love putting on our thinking caps for unique activations in shopping centres for this time of the year. Featured below is one of our gorgeous trees, which has come alive with festoon lights and hanging eggs. By matching the ribbon in the trees to the tolic stools and the table arrangements, the pastel colour pallet creates harmony and balance. Little moss bunnies capture the Easter magic for little ones passing through the area.


Incorporating Easter into your venue doesn’t have to mean bunny rabbits and eggs. The gorgeous addition of market carts and bunting as seen here in a Pop Up event, oozes the comfort of pastel colours and florals. Soft, whimsical elements make up a rustic Easter display, inviting guests to relax into their surroundings. Foliage and cushions are key elements for softening the area and creating an inviting space.

Other ways we love to subtly celebrate Easter is through flowers such as peonies, cherry blossoms and silver toned greenery like eucalyptus. Wreaths are the perfect way to express your seasonal support in an elegant and indirect way. Symbolizing growth and everlasting life, the oval wreath is a beautiful representation of life and perfect for your seasonal Easter display. Finish the wreath with a hessian or pastel bow to add an extra Easter pop.


Here are some designs from around the world that we love for Easter visual merchandising! Using the elements of design such as repetition, colour, texture and scale. Read our Principles of Design blog series.


Planning an Easter egg-xtravaganza?

Come by The Prop House and hire out some colourful pieces to excite guests.


View our gallery of VM seasonal displays here.

For all your seasonal visual merchandising needs, contact the team at VM+

info@vmplus.com.au or call (07) 3217 4500. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Year of the Dog

“Good Luck, Good Health, Good Cheer and Happy New Year!”

Chinese New Year is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate our multiculturalism. This year, Australia Fair on the Gold Coast, Brisbane Airport and Harbour Town all celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Dog 2018. Two large voids in the Australia Fair shopping centre hung an elaborate chandelier of Chinese fans and lanterns. The lanterns symbolize people letting go of their past selves and are red in colour to symbolize good fortune. The dragon represents prosperity, good luck and good fortune.

Australia Fair

To coincide with the lantern chandeliers, the team at VM+ coordinated the display cases at Australia Fair to represent the colours of Chinese New Year.

Australia Fair

The cheery blossom tree pays homage to the famous Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees in Hong Kong. It is believed that if you tie your wish to an orange and throw it into the tree and it stays there, your wish will come true. VM+ installed a 4mH cherry blossom tree into the Brisbane International Terminal to represent the history of the wishing tree for Chinese New Year in the airport. The color red denotes good luck, fortune, happiness and abundance. By using red envelopes in this tradition, patrons can write their wish, hang it in the branches and move forward into their new year.

Brisbane Airport – International Terminal

Photo opportunities were in high demand, with the season bringing in travelers and crowds. A circular photo ring and a traditional dragon costume were installed for creative ways that guests could capture their time in the various locations.

Harbour Town and Australia Fair Metro


Contact VM+ for custom seasonal displays

info@vmplus.com.au | (07) 3555 8660 | www.vmplus.com.au


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