By  on September 11, 2007

PARIS — Unusual mixes of synthetic and high-tech fibers with natural fibers, such as climatic and stain-resistant polyester fibers with wool, cotton and linen, are the key trends to watch at Première Vision, said fashion director Pascaline Wilhelm.

Important developments also include:

- A marriage of function and creativity: A plethora of reversible and multifunctional fabrics will be on show, seen in reversible prints and double-sided fabrics that couple comfort-inducing properties with decorative designs.

- Volume and density are key, expressed in a variety of lightweight, "soufflé" fabrics or in supple heavier goods.

- Ambiguous textures and Surrealist prints will also be a strong trend throughout the salon. Examples include checks that blur into stripes, retro prints juxtaposed with futurist graphics and experimental furs that resemble a wet animal.

- Denim splits into two main axes: a continuation of clean, chic denim with a variety of wool mixes, and a departure into "rustic" styles featuring coarse stitching, linen mixes and scratchy treatments. Shiny textures are also big, including "tarmac" and leathery finishes. Cold colors dominate, such as green, duck blue and violet.

- Environmentally friendly textiles continue to flourish, with a focus on improved manufacturing processes. "Rather like going to the local market, banana, bamboo, coconut and algae are typical ingredients at play, presented both as fibers and as finished fabrics," said Wilhelm.

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