From Creation to Consumer: The 2013 Trends to Watch in Fashion, Interiors, and the Consumer Relationship Bridges Gap Between Students and Professionals

The Grand Rapids Community College Fashion and Design Club will be hosting “From Creation to Consumer: The 2013 Trends to Watch in Fashion, Interiors, and the Consumer Relationship,” its first Industry Trend Event for Fashion & Interiors Professionals  Wednesday, March 14, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

The event will consist of a visual overview of colors, textures and styles that will be popular for Fall/Winter 2012 and a panel of area experts that will investigate regional trends in fashion and interiors, consumer buying and influence, and share insights into fashion forecasts.

“Trends are not only important to product development, but to vendors and consumers alike,” said GRCC Fashion Interiors Instructor Marianne Bockheim. The event allows students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and talent while operating in a professional capacity within their industry.

The panel will include Kayla Korn, textile designer, Burch Fabrics; Brian May, director of business strategy, Wolverine World Wide; Art Schmehling, Munsell business manager, X-Rite; Jeffery Roberts, designer, Jeffery Roberts Homes, Inc. & Jeffery Roberts Designs; and Amber Demara, inventory control specialist - apparel, Meijer, Inc.

 “We can learn so much from these panelists and, because of our faculty and student interaction, we can also provide a unique source of relevant and timely information,” she adds.

The evening, which will begin with professional and student networking followed by the visual trend presentation and concluding with the expert panel discussion, will be held at the Grand Rapids Community College downtown campus in the Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology Center Auditorium. The event is free, however donations to the G.R.C.C. Fashion and Design Club are welcomed.

 “To round out the learning experience,” says Bockheim, “students have been directly involved in the development of the visual presentation, and are preparing for the moderation of the panel discussion, all the promotion and production, as well as meeting and greeting guests.”

For more information, please contact Marianne Bockheim, (616) 481-3333 or

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.