| April 30, 2021
An array of creatures is represented in current trends with cheetah, leopard, snake and giraffe designs gaining a lot of traction. Created in natural hues resembling the animals on which they appear or available in bright, bold colors, these prints make an impact.
Warm hues in gold, orange and yellow enter the season as bright alternatives to serve fashion’s need for sunny colors, burnt shades and shining tones. These textiles can be incorporated into a striking statement piece or used as a pop of brilliance within a classic style.
Lace and embroidered features on textiles assume a luxurious look this season as the focus is on rich qualities. These textiles in regal violet, romantic blush and shimmering gray with navy overlay relay a statement of quality craftwork and discerning taste.
Raw-denim looks dominate as trends in this category turn toward the historic roots of jeans, yet 1980s- and 1990s-style washes yield a new approach to old favorites. Bright whites and patterned denim afford unique characteristics, while rich black and weathered khaki offer polished looks.
A wide-ranging collection of reds is featured this season as solids boast passion-defining scarlet and crimson or fun-loving cerise and magenta. In patterned pieces such as florals and polka dots, maroon, carmine, claret and burgundy, cherry and cardinal join together in harmony.
Whether for frolicking in the surf or hiking through the mountains, performance is the priority in swimwear and activewear textiles, yet alluring design is a close second as these fabrics show up in bright 1980s neon patterns and splashes of 1960s bold hues as well as luxurious, rich solids.
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.
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.