By Noe Garcia | July 8, 2021
ISKO and Soorty have signed a landmark technology-licensing agreement that partners the two competitors on the production of fabric and garment collections.
There is always room for the contrast provided by textiles in black and white and those that meet in the middle at a harmonious gray. Shown in florals, geometrics, tie-dyes and humorous prints, this season sees black-and-white fabrics as the stars of the show rather than members of the supporting cast. —Dorothy Crouch
With a popularity that never fades, textiles that feature striped patterns speak to beloved classic looks. While traditional stripes serve as the foundation for these fabrics, the fabrication yields a relaxed hand for some styles, and unique approaches offer updated looks such as geometric overlays.
Featuring bold patterns and prints that evoke childlike awe, trends in textiles are taking a turn toward wonder. Meant to make apparel pop, these textile prints in geometrics, paisleys and familiar shapes blend together many trends from the season to give the industry something to talk about.
Big-cat patterns, with trends in cheetah and leopard receiving a lot of attention, are presented in an array of colors. Other fabric trends that are ticking can be found in camouflage and a mélange of animals that blend cheetah and leopard with snake and zebra.
Linked to royalty and magic, purple is a favorite of those who embrace the fantastic. Fabrics that feature hues of violet, amethyst, iris and lavender blend the colors with different patterns, including florals, paisleys and traditional designs such as the checkerboard.
Palm fronds, hibiscus blooms and feathery ferns evoke travel desires to recline on the sand of faraway beaches or explore hidden natural wonders. New tropicals inspired by subdued blacks and whites pop with a splash of cool color, while bright fuchsia complements greens and blues.
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.
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.
This season is marked by the liberating and positive force of color, which is something we feel more than we understand.