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Monday, 23 January 2017

TEXTILE TREND - FREEDOM - FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2018


TEXTILE TREND – FREEDOM


The outdoors is there for a reason, to enjoy it! Through this trend we run from the gentle leisurely pursuit Mother Nature allows us, to a higher level of performance. The concept of this trend is that we are free to enjoy life and make the most of it, and for Spring/Summer 2018 there should be no stopping us.

There is a respectful awareness to the inspiration from sustainable aspects to being inspired by a relaxed vibe of the past and respect through to interpreting different traditions. A strong emphasis is placed on sustainable processes throughout the textile chain, from fiber to finish. The liberty of life also influences the fabrics, lightweight, comfortable and most of all new-generation flexibility and stretch, combined with the added ability to protect.

Natural and man-made fibers’ performance collide, we want the best experience, but in this trend they take a laid back attitude in terms of appearance, as dry and matte through to aged surfaces feature. Form natural touch to beat-up basics, this is a slightly iconic direction when it comes to prints with artisan and retro aspects featuring. Enjoyment is the buzz word, whether it is a walk in the countrysideor sitting around a beach re on a balmy night. Make the most of what we have and be content. Like life, nothing is perfect, and this is reflected throughout the optical and textural aspects of the products on offer, as a rebellious streak features offering the consumer a relaxed reassurance.

FIBERS & FINISHES
  • BCI cotton, recycled and organic
  • Lyocell, modal and cooper
  • Natural touch air textured synthetic yarns
  • Recycled polyester and nylon with added performance
  • UV protection is a key component in yarn or nish for this outdoor trend
  • Chlorine resistant spandex/elastane - withstands chlorine, salt waterand suntan lotions
  • Eco-friendly chemical finishes
  • Textured yarns for grainy touch
  • Aramid fibers for extra tenacity to lightweight fabrics
  • Textile processes that reduce water and energy
  • Performance chenille yarns for rebellious surfaces
  • Cut eyelash yarns and macro boucle yarns for erratic textures
  • Powdery and distressed placement prints and transfers

FABRICS & SURFACES
  • Performance denim - jog jeans with 360° degree stretch inknits or woven applications - enhanced stretched recoveryplus moisture management
  • Tough anti-abrasive denim blended with aramid yarns - urban sports
  • Mono and bit stretch woven with performance membranes -fabrics are crisp and lightweight
  • Cotton and cellulosics for super soft natural touch
  • Flexible stretch fabrics - technical or spandex/elastane blends
  • UV protection - essential for the outdoor features of this trend
  • Lightweight compact gabardine, rigid or stretch for shorts andpants - keep solid or update with print placement
  • Lightweight jersey with a natural touch
  • Velour structures in matte rigid or stretch fabrics -bond onto single jersey for a contrasting detail
  • Functional chambray - natural gleam
  • Brushed surfaces for a sueded finish on the technical and face
  • Blistered and irregular surfaces for a rebellious streak -break the mold and let fabrics be free
  • Warp knits for beach swimwear with high performance spandex/elastane that protects against the salt water, sun lotion and sand
  • Coordinated swimwear prints on UV fabrics forbeachwear application
  • Micro light fleece
  • Retro French terry in hybrid blends - cotton/synthetics with amatte appearance and dry touch
  • Lightweight interlock - update by applying a functional membraneallowing a second layer to be the outer layer
  • Functional stretch membranes feature on second layers forthose summer showers
  • Moisture management and anti-bacterial are key performance factors
  • Prints from sublimation to digital feature - go wacky
  • Matte rip stops - super light weight, anti-abrasive and anti-rip
  • Trims and accessories take on a beat-up appearanceincorporating recycled materials
  • Aged and distressed finishings
  • Crosshatch woven nylon with a natural touch with aramid bers for backpacks and footwear

SECTORS
  • Soft touch base layers
  • Woven and knit second layers
  • Fashion/functional streetwearwith a performance feature
  • Durable outer layers

TARGET MARKETS
  • Athleisure
  • Hiking
  • Beach sports apparel and swimwear - srufers style
  • Leisurely outdoor activities
  • Street sports

IMAGINE
  • RESPECT
  • FREEDOM
  • CARTE BLANCHE
  • ESCAPISM
  • TRIBUTE
  • REBELLIOUS

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