By Dorothy Crouch | February 18, 2021
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.
Roses, daisies, poppies and lilies of the valley, to name just a few, set the tone for an array of florals that are created to satisfy lovers of all flowers. These styles are reminiscent of 1990s romance that relied on Victorian-era influences.
The longstanding tie-dye trend remains strong, yet styles in updated iterations are more of a modern dream than a trippy daydreamer. Traditional tie-dye is updated in bold electric blues, greens and pinks. New patterns move beyond the well-known starbursts into those reminiscent of marble or knots.
As wanderlust for vacation locales consumes those who have been homebound, tropical patterns showcase lush palms, dainty fern leaves and vibrant florals, providing inspiration for getaway wardrobes. Tropical floral prints are complemented by warm yellows, bright reds, cool blues and electric hues.
Often thought of as an element of luxury, lace is presented in an array of styles that range from classic romance to wild disco child. Hues run the gamut from traditional light blues, pinks and white to reimagined fuchsia, sunflower yellow and festive purple.
While vintage approaches to denim will remain a staple in style, fresh fabrics arrive in new washes that yield new shades of gray as well as pastels. Florals enter the field as an updated look in denim.
Patterns in geometric shapes, regardless of their modern aesthetic, often seem to borrow from the past. New shapes in geometric-patterned fabrics pay homage to the 1960s and 1980s while yielding a style that also boasts fresh colors.
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 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.
Prominent fabric companies Lenzing and Hyosung have joined forces to develop the Home Everywhere collection, which will offer more-sustainable product and textile innovations, said Andreas Guertler, Lenzing’s senior manager of global business development active sportswear.
This season, knits are layered and wrap us in minimalist luxury, creating a comforting cocoon adapted to the current context.
Recently, manufacturers of materials made from and processes used to treat fibers that are used in outdoor, active and athleisure apparel have made advancements that allow consumers to feel more confident that their purchasing decisions will look good and also contribute to a healthier earth and potentially reduce threats to the environment.