NEW YORK -- Spring 1995 fabrics will cover a broad range of ideas, from bold prints and folkloric messages to softened textures and unusual mixes.That's the word from Lydia Caffery, Cotton Incorporated's director of fashion marketing. Caffery made her forecasts in a presentation last month to about 100 representatives from mills, knitters, converters, apparel manufacturers and retailers. The presentation, entitled "Cacophony," was held at Cotton Inc.'s headquarters here.Caffery said the season will bring mixed layers in both short and long skirts and will have women's wear influencing men's fashions and vice versa."There's enough room for all these looks, from explosive prints and rustic fabrics to refined textures and lightweight denims," Caffery said. "We see consumers preferring comfort as well as fashion."Caffery showed about 100 apparel items from Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Guatemala, Paris, London and New York for silhouette and fabric ideas. Among them were handwoven cotton stripes from Guatemala, printed cotton corduroy surfing shorts from Rio, and brushed rib knits from Tokyo.As for color, Caffery said that whites dominate, and can be mixed with other tones, such as neutrals for yarn-dye stripes or floral prints. She noted the season also will feature "electric colors" such as tangy yellow, coral-orange and violet, which can be used alone or with pastels or neutrals for activewear, rainwear, beachwear and jeans.Caffery's four spring themes are: Enchantment, highlighted by soft silhouettes in sheers, laces, crochets and gauzes. For prints, the theme ranges from scenic motifs and wallpaper flowers to leaves and tone-on-tone stencils. Agrarian, focusing on environment and nature themes such as print motifs portraying farm scenes. Other print ideas include grassy landscapes, leaves and peacock feathers. Well-worn fabrics such as basket weaves, nub and slub textures, plaids and rustics typify the look. Also important are lightweight denims, square weaves, muslins, marled yarn textured knits and wovens, crinkles, clip spots and fabrics with float yarns. Isle, featuring exotic island themes in prints and wovens. Batiks, with irregular dyes or dipped to create an ombre-dyed effect, are prominent. Gauzes, crinkles, textured knits and wovens are also important, as are themes of fruits, vegetables, fauna, and those reflecting Indonesian, Balinese, Caribbean and Polynesian ideas.Marketplace, using looks mainly from Latin countries. Handcrafted and folklore messages like handwoven fabrics, yarn-dye stripes and cotton and linen blends are featured. Ikats, tie-dyes and Guatemalan stripes with embroidered vivid florals are included.
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