By Dorothy Crouch | January 6, 2022
As a new year begins, the fashion industry seeks a fresh start to move forward and create alluring styles. At the foundation of these design ambitions is the choice of the appropriate textiles to elevate garments and attract customers.
The staple of style, a certain type of black serves at least a small part in every wardrobe, whether an entire outfit or a small, delicate detail in the background. This season, black doesn’t stand alone and is seen supported by intricate patterns or as a backdrop for the star of the show.
Continuing to trend this season, animal prints appear with standard patterns in cheetah, leopard and tiger but also align with fresh approaches for the new year. Updated hues and patterns including camouflage and neon serve as the backdrop for these patterns, which command center stage.
Trends in lace experience a twist as traditional patterns give way to modern approaches. Finding beauty in the details, lace is finding its way into geometric shapes, unique designs and romantic florals. These patterns give in to romance yet speak to a renewed fashion industry.
Often associated with preppy styles, plaids and stripes were adopted by those who marched to the beat of their own drummers such as rebellious punk rockers and hippies, who saw past the styles’ conventional reputations into mesmerizing and beautiful imagery.
Abstract patterns and tie-dye designs in trending textiles reflect a growing need for escapism. As an art form, fashion favors the unique, and these fabrics in subdued hues with dreamlike characteristics or avant-garde designs help a design vision transform into reality.
Allowing a cooler hue to shine through, this season’s blues are darker yet feature in a variety of patterns that include supporting colors. In swirling arrangements, beautiful batik prints or striped designs with bright floral overlay, these blues afford freshness in fashion.
The Fashion Design Center, an interactive fashion studio established by textile-solutions provider Hyosung, has released its new Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 textile trends, giving a sneak peek into what major brands will be using in their collections.
Mycelium-technology company Ecovative has announced the launch of its Fashion for Good international sustainable-fashion cooperative, as Bestseller and PVH Corp. joined as founding members.
Inspired by creativity and the spirit of invention, Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri has been announced as the color authority’s Color of the Year 2022, with the tone resembling a periwinkle blue that features a violet-red undertone.
As 2022 approaches, many people are considering the resolutions they will make ahead of the new year, but for fiber innovator Unifi, Inc., a major milestone that was originally planned as a 2022 target has already been achieved.
Material Exchange, the fast-growing international virtual marketplace, announced it has acquired the agency division of Olah Inc., a New York–based firm focused on the denim and sportswear industries.
Following the May announcement of its partnerships with URBN and Nordstrom, which afforded it extensive funding, the textile recycling and reuse nonprofit FABSCRAP has opened a location in Philadelphia. In addition to bringing the group’s services to Philadelphia, FABSCRAP’s new location will allow the New York City–headquartered nonprofit to serve the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Md.; and Southern New Jersey.
Nylon brand NILIT has partnered with The Ocean Foundation on its Blue Resilience Initiative, which aims to reestablish and safeguard essential ocean meadows and other coastal habitats.
During the return edition of LA Textile at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles, apparel makers and creatives were welcomed back to the trade-show floor to find inspiration following the event’s hiatus, which began after its March 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ralph Lauren and Dow are open-sourcing a new platform that aims to transform how the apparel industry dyes cotton.
Industry Focus: Fiber, Yarn and Fabric—What features in fiber and yarn are your clients demanding, and how is this trend shaping the future of your business?
Within the foundation of every garment constructed, at the core of each piece of clothing that is made, is the cornerstone of fashion that lays the groundwork for apparel from fiber, yarn and fabric. While consumers of the past were simply satisfied with the composition listed on the tags of their clothing, today’s customers want more.
Seeking to combat the negative impacts of pollutive textiles in the fashion industry, materials-science company Pangaia unveiled its latest innovations in the fabric space. Manufactured from plant fibers, Pangaia’s PLNT FIBER and FRUT FIBER were introduced as the company commits further to a mission of moving apparel manxufacturing away from nonorganic cotton and synthetics created from petroleum-based resources.
The end of life for clothing often leads to the landfill, creating an enormous fashion-waste problem for the industry.
Responsible cotton has been Brent Crossland’s passion throughout the industry expert’s nearly 40-year career. After working with a number of companies including Wrangler and Bayer CropScience—where he created the e3 sustainable cotton program that affords guidelines to farmers—Crossland recently founded 5Loc Cotton.