FOR ANYBODY INTO FORECASTING what’s on the way in the clothing and accessories fashion industry, getting a leg up on where textile design is headed is an absolute essential. This is one of the beginning points on what is coming, what the mood of fashion will be, what hot colors are uptrending. It is a fortune-telling tool not to be missed!
A preview of the Milano Unica that runs September 8 to 11 shows classic Italian craftsmanship with interesting updates such as animal prints under metallic glaze and wool tulles dyed in deep contrasting shades. There is a strong demand for cost-effective materials, but the Show’s president, Pier Luigi Loro Piana says, nevertheless, “Italy will never be cheap.”
HE TALKED ABOUT A NUMBER of fabulous innovations coming out of Italian mills, including metalized glass used as plating and macramé coated in polyurethane. “Italy’s value is in quality, consistency and creativity,” the president asserted.
—Some of the things this tells us: Look for metallic finishes to continue into 2010, many doubling up with rich patterns, such as animal prints. Look, too, for a new interest in deep colors and contrasting color plays. Keep your eye out for innovation, like metalized glass.
YOU CAN INTRODUCE YOUR CUSTOMERS TO SOME OF THE EXCITING NEW PRODUCTS AND FASHION MOODS ON THE WAY WITH THESE GREAT PRODUCTS:
- Metallic evening clutches in ruched design.
- Richly patterned faux croc design in wholesale evening bag. Choice of beautiful, deep colors.
Premiere Vision Paris
More from the Textile Front: Premiere Vision Fall 2010 runs from September 15 to the 18 in Paris. What can you expect to see here? According to PV’s fashion director, Pascaline Wilhelm, expect a “move away from flash” and a massive “casualization of the entire fashion industry.”
—Wow! Did you get that?
Look for plenty of natural inspirations, from rippled water to the sheen of bronze. Sabine Le Chatelier, the show’s associate fashion director, credits the changes taking place here to a world of immense complications. Consequently, she says, “Clarity of design is so beautiful right now.”
OVERALL, THE EXPOSITIONS can be expected to display something for almost every taste. Classic fabrications are strong, along with plenty of artsy offerings. Dark browns, blacks, and purples, many balanced by lighter whites and tans, are in profusion.
Also on the color wheel, red and wine colors come up strong along with saturated acid tones in strong graphic patterns. Black and white geometrics and plaids are holding over from this season. So are plenty of natural colors, like tans and sand, along with natural materials, like silks, cottons, cashmeres, and wool.
–Expected to rack up high scores on the innovation scale: blended natural and synthetic fabrics combining to produce textures with strong “touch” as well as sight appeal.
Interesting? Let’s put some of this into perspective, too: Things are going casual. Big Time! There is a strong move away from formal looks and extravagant designs. Emphasis is on sensuality. Things that feel and look good. Softness. Elegant touch appeal. Colors run from naturals (hey! Macramé is back!) to dark, intense tones. Strong graphics are hot. Creative material expressions rate highest points of all!
AGAIN AND AGAIN, THE TEXTILE PREVIEWS EXPRESS PLENTY OF EXCITING INNOVATIONS AND NEW LOOKS COMING INTO THE FIELD. TRY SOME OF THESE PRODUCTS IN LINE WITH THE NEW DIRECTION:
- Fabulous color gives a high fashion look to this multistrand unakite gemstone necklace with glass, wood, and pearlized beads.
- Texas star hematite necklace – 15 inches long. Unisex design!