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NEW YORK — The theme of DuPont Textiles & Interiors intimate apparel workshop is an eclectic mix of tactile fabric blends that address a variety of functional needs and enhance the figure.
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Entitled “Incentives,” the workshop, which runs through Nov. 20 at the DuPont offices here at 1430 Broadway, features three themes: Touch, Form and Seduction. Each of these topics encompasses the applications of a number of DuPont’s proprietary brands, including Soft Comfort Lycra, Easy Set Lycra, CoolMax, Thermolite, Supplex, Tactel Prisma and Tactel Illuminae.
Presented by Iris LeBron, DuPont’s fashion director of intimate apparel, activewear and swimwear, the overall message is fashion, but it also focuses on the aspirational benefits of feel-good fabrics that can create a “happy balance” of natural and man-made fibers, intimates and bodywear that sculpt and beautify the figure, and lightweight fabrics that enhance comfort levels.
Also an integral part of the seminar is a seasonless statement, an idea that is growing in importance as new generations of microfibers that have an airspun quality and suede-like hand in textured treatments and fashion colors transcend the boundaries of what is appropriate to wear for warm or cold climates.
Open to retailers, manufacturers, mills, designers, merchandisers and the media by invitation, the workshop started off with a video presentation featuring lingerie trends shown at runway shows at Lyon Mode City in Lyon, France. LeBron also set up directional boards featuring fabric swatches and colors, as well as accessories that tie-in with the themes, such as a vintage velour vanity chair for the delicate Touch theme; a mock-up of oversized corsetry lacing for the body-sculpting Form theme, and peacock feathers and an Andy Warhol-inspired motif of lips for the “fun and sexy” Seductive theme.
The Touch theme, which LeBron described as a “delicate story of natural looks and rustic textures — items that inspire a woman and capture her desire,” is highlighted by shades of porcelain, chalk, smoke, antique beige, muted aqua, lavender and celadon. Fabrics include lots of shimmery tulles and layered transparencies; antique-looking embroideries and laces in blends of Tactel and Lycra, and plissé and crinkle effects.
Primarily in sleepwear and daywear pieces that have a look of soft, retro corsetry, there’s a lot of neckline interest that often reveals a generous amount of bosom, whether it’s a deep plunge, a scoop-neck or a square-neck treatment.
“The Form theme is for the woman who is body conscious, but not self-conscious,” said LeBron, noting that key colors are a range of “masculine darks,” including steel blue, mocha, eggplant, henna and deep denim.
This sporty image is rendered in smooth, clean lines that show off the contour of the body with special effects such as waist-cinching lace-ups and seaming on corsetry that is meant to be seen. Soft Comfort Lycra is often used in this theme for its draping and soft molding qualities, said LeBron.
“The Seduction theme is my favorite because it works for a variety of lifestyles in a naughty-but-nice way,” said LeBron. “There are lots of colorful embroideries that look like works of art that are meant to be seen, and the colors range from sweet pastels like pale pink, violet and mint to dramatic red and acid blue.”
LeBron said “girlie girl” details, such as smocking, ribbon stripes, ruching and playful mixtures of prints and patterns, underscores the Seduction theme’s message of “sweet eroticism.”