By  on June 20, 2007

NEW YORK — A fashion season really starts with the textile shows.

The lineup for the remainder of 2007 — events that present fabrics, designs and colors available for spring-summer and fall 2008, even as far ahead as 2009 — hints at an increase in earth-friendly fibers and natural dyes at one end of the spectrum and more high-technology, high-performance fabrics at the other.

Pale colors are another emerging trend for the upcoming fall-winter season.

"This coming color card for autumn-winter 2008 has more light and clear colors than dark," revealed Jacques Brunel, general manager for Première Vision Preview, to be held July 18 to 19 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. "For the first time," he predicted, "ladies will be clear-color dressed, and that is interesting."

But Brunel knows that anything can happen. "Première Vision is a place to look at the mood and to breathe inspiration. It doesn't mean that it is a guru and that these will be the trends. We must keep very modest in this business."

PVP will represent the works of 130 to 150 weavers from Europe and other international markets, at least 15 of them new to the show. Some 3,000 retail buyers and designers are expected to attend, 70 percent from the East Coast. The show has been organized into four sections representing fabrics for formal wear, casual, specialty and sports and high technology.

However, a looming business concern is the strength of the euro because it weakens the buying power of the U.S. dollar. Brunel believes the quality and creativity of the exhibitors will spur purchases, regardless of the higher costs to American buyers.

Political unrest in Turkey has thus far not affected plans for the upcoming Turkish Fashion Fabric Exhibition, which is set to go on July 17 to 18 at the Puck Building in SoHo. It is a new, trendy venue for the event, previously held at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown.

Turkish show officials could not be reached, but a U.S. spokesman for TFFE said 50 leading Turkish mills would show textiles geared for the spring-summer 2008 and fall-winter 2008 and 2009 seasons. U.S. buyers from the Gap, Ann Taylor, Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Donna Karan are already scheduled to attend.

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