| September 16, 2021
Orange hues take on a burnt appearance in designs that range from alluring patterns to striking solids. These hues dominate and shine in paisleys, tie-dyes, geometrics and abstract Expressionist patterns, while textiles that are solid orange throughout demand attention.
Fantastic prints in striking, conversation-sparking designs that make a statement are resonating with the fashion set that seeks ways to stand out through wearing unique pieces. Graphics range from fun space-inspired patterns and colorful geometrics to avant-garde artistic designs.
Fashion’s most reliable, ubiquitous textile is taking new shape this season as denim includes classic blues and black but also fresh, exciting designs. Dark indigo remains a fashion staple, while denim also becomes colorful in hues of salmon, lilac, tie-dye and 1980s-era paint splatter.
Activewear-performance is seeing fun, uplifting prints for high-energy workouts but also more-grounded tones that inspire inner peace for yoga enthusiasts. From intense, colorful tie-dye patterns, geometrics and florals to relaxing solids, activewear-performance inspiration takes notes from the workouts for which it is intended.
The array of green hues that are ticking at the moment reveal limitless options for the stylish set. Smoky greens, pistachio and Granny Smith apple are presented to make garments pop, while others lean a bit blue for a different take on this color.
Classic black-and-white becomes a bit darker this season with textiles yielding shadowy characteristics. Geometric patterns, Southwestern influences, florals, delicate lace, and classic stripes or polka dots gain popularity as they reflect the beauty that can be found in the dark.
As the textile industry continuously moves toward more-sustainable methods, companies are being forced to adapt to the new landscape. Devan Chemicals is no different.
When Asher Shalom visited some family members in Los Angeles in 1988, he surveyed the metropolis’s fashion scene and saw an industry that had excelled at milling fleece and denim, but he thought that the city’s business had been coming up short in milling novelty fabrics. Shalom had fallen in love with Los Angeles after visiting from his native Israel and wanted to move to the City of the Angels. He believed he had something to add to the city’s fashion business through his background in fabric engineering. He started the novelty mill Asher Fabric Concepts in 1991.
Building on its momentum from a successful October show, LA Textile was hosted Feb. 24–26 on CMC Uploaded, the California Market Center’s digital platform. This edition of LA Textile was a testament to the virtual production’s growth in only five short months. According to the CMC’s senior manager of events, Matthew Mathiasen, attendance figures for the show doubled from the October edition.
During ISPO Munich Online, which took place Feb. 1–5, the Seoul-headquartered fiber producer Hyosung introduced its expanded line of Regen, the company’s sustainable and multi-function fibers.
During a Jan. 21 virtual presentation, “A Review of Tree Climate: A Collaborative Collection by Concept III and Tencel,” moderated by the United States Fashion Industry Association’s communications director, Shannon Brady, new fabrications for the sustainable outdoor-apparel market were introduced.
After a few years hosting a boutique-style textile show in New York, Preface launched its Los Angeles edition early in 2020 during January L.A. Market Week to a responsive group of attendees who were seeking a more-intimate fabric event. Since then, Betsy Franjola, founder of BFF Studio and Preface, began to cultivate a fresh approach to events during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. By thinking outside the trade-show floor, Franjola developed a concept by thinking inside the box.
For its annual announcement, the color-and-trend-forecasting authority Pantone unveiled its 2021 Color of the Year, which is actually two different yet harmonious hues that are meant to complement each other.
The world we know is undergoing a necessary transformation, speeding up toward more-responsible consumption. Faced with this new economic and ethical crisis, we must think about tomorrow’s fashions, which we are no longer compelled to endlessly reinvent.
The sustainable-fiber-and-materials-sourcing nonprofit Textile Exchange announced Dec. 2 that it is introducing a new criterion to its Corporate Fibers & Materials Benchmark that will afford greater insight regarding the impact on biodiversity caused by apparel companies.
The times we’re experiencing—the sign of profound transformation—questions the excess of yesterday and pushes us to take a new look at how we consume. Conscious of society’s upheavals and changes in the environment, we see a return to reassuring, enduring values and a desire for transparency and ethics to help us consume less and better.
Weeks of teaser posts appeared on the Instagram account for Bolt Threads, the biotechnology materials company founded in 2009, prior to the company’s big announcement on Oct. 2 that it would be joining forces with a few enormous brands to form The Mylo Consortium.
Expanding on its commitment to cultivating a responsible supply chain within the apparel industry, Lenzing announced during Climate Week NYC that in September it launched carbon-zero Tencel fibers.