In answer to OP yes there are def trends! especially with brands and fabrics.Dunk and fluff is a real CNT thing, often other forums haven't heard of it. There was an ooga thing going on and the GHMILY fabric seems to be a trend (although i really don't get it!) hungry caterpillar is another one. Everything gets fancier and fancier like bamboo velour thats quite luxurious compared to basic terry.
If people ask me though(newbies) I tell them about terries and basics like LL. Most people are interested in the value nappies first then some will get sucked into fancy nappies later. I started out with terries and LL, If I have another baby I will use them again for newborn with just a handful of pretties. I did manage to convert a total newbie from sposies onto ittis and WN though
I never thought i would get into fancy fitteds and wool
but i did! I have a pretty fancy stash now
although it has taken me 2 yrs to build it up and after you take off what i have sold 2nd hand cloth for I have spent about 300 and that was spread out over the 2 years so even if your on a tight budget you can still do fancy
If there were only terries available I would def still use cloth becasue that is what i started with anyway.
Also to add to the topic further there are trends in other areas, e.g on here its cloth obviously but on natural mama's its fancy slings. (ok i know i have 3)
but on there they have big trends on slings and have seen some 2nd hand for 100 pounds so most certainly fancy.
sorry bit waffly!