By  on July 15, 2013

LOS ANGELES — Textile mills phased out prints to highlight texture and other fabric innovations that would help designers attract customers as well as avoid costly export tariffs to Europe at last week’s Kingpins show.

At the semiannual two-day show that ended Wednesday at the Cooper Design Space here, 48 exhibitors representing Brazil, Japan, Turkey, the U.S., Vietnam and other textile-producing countries displayed their offerings for the fall 2014 season. Texture was a top trend, achieved through either coatings on fabric or unusual denim interpretations like dobby weaves and knitlike treatments. While demand for prints waned, interest in photorealism was translated to embroidery, where detailed images were re-created with thread. Blended fabrics also drew attention for technical and financial reasons.

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