By  on March 14, 2011

The spring-summer 2012 season for intimate apparel will be underscored by rich colors, metallics and satin-finish fabrics, and luxe looks.

That’s the word from Mayouri Sengchanh, international business development manager for Paris-based trend forecasting firm Carlin International, who recently made trend presentations at the CurveNY trade show in Manhattan and the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris.

“Everything will be very colorful and there will be lots of optimistic prints.…But at the same time, we are quite concerned about the rising costs of raw materials, especially cotton, not for the luxury market but lower channels. The rising costs mean there will be a trading up in all fabric sectors. It also means prices will be higher but the quality will not be as good as it used to be,” said Sengchanh.

Despite growing apprehension over soaring costs for raw materials, Sengchanh said there will continue to be a big demand for fashion, particularly high-end merchandise and designer brands.

She outlined four key trends:

• Eco Deluxe: “The inspiration is taken directly from nature whether it’s color or shape, and cotton will be treated like silk, a luxury fabric, in sleek, satiny finishes. Green is making a big comeback, and vegetable greens like eucalyptus are very strong,” said Sengchanh.

• Alternatives: An upbeat palette of “milk shake colors” in a range of strong pastels like vanilla, mocha, strawberry and chocolate that have been toned down by bleaching treatments. The color range applies to intimates, swimwear and beach-related accessories.

• Temperament: Opulent decorative effects including guipure lace and lots of lace trims and overlays, contrasting colors such as black backgrounds tempered with primary red and yellow. There is a strong focus on retro silhouettes such as high-waisted shapers and vintage-looking corsets. “But these shapewear looks must be linked with function. The attitude is we dare to show our femininity, sensuality and curves. It’s the comeback of the femme fatale,” said Sengchanh.

• Initiation: The theme is based on “beautiful woven effects” as well as jacquards, laces and embroideries. There will also be tribal-looking motifs and patterns, metallic touches and jeweled effects. Bodysuits are key.

“A main focus will be rich earth tones from chocolate to terra-cotta,” she said.

Meanwhile, the four top trends at the Interfilières textiles forum at SIL for summer 2012 reflected the positive outlook for fashion colors and prints.

Animal prints, fuzzy effects, blossoming florals and an abundance of leaf motifs rounded out an eco statement, while pastels and layette tones were livened up by electric, glossy accents of lipstick pinks and reds.

Shapewear was highlighted with new generations of microfibers and knits that are highly elastic and lightweight, and ethnic looks prevailed with Seventies-inspired florals and graphics.

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