LOS ANGELES — Designers searched for updates of bestsellers such as metallic finishes and prints as they surveyed a growing number of eco-friendly fabrics at two textile shows here last week.
Demand for eco-friendly textiles, including organic cotton, bamboo, organic denim and hand-dyed silk, soared despite the higher price for such products in comparison with their conventionally made counterparts. Although the textile shows highlighted fabrics for fall and winter, makers took note of the rising temperatures and ordered lightweight denim more often seen in summer collections.
Prints remained popular, as geometric designs spruced up a range of fabrics from lace to jersey. Metallic finishes glistened on everything from gold spray paint-on organza rosettes to ornamental embellishments.
"We're still seeing a lot of shine," said Marissa Harris, sportswear designer in the Los Angeles office of Montreal-based Buffalo.
After buying prints at Première Vision in Paris in September, Harris scoured last week's Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center for metal trims and Modal with novelty treatments.
The metallic movement benefited trim company Junior Hagen Ltd. The most popular looks from the London-based firm featured organza rosettes tarnished with gold spray paint and wool yarn that was dyed in wine, moss green and black and topped with gold ornaments.
"Embellishment is coming back," managing director Eric Hagen said. "It wasn't big for a year or two."
Quinn Thompson, designer of Los Angeles-based Saint Grace, checked out the art created by print houses to include in his first grouping of print-based products for his knit line. Shannon Nataf, designer of Los Angeles' Suh-Tahn, also flirted with the idea of adding an allover print to her minimalist label, though her passion was in dramatic and somber colors, as seen in the swatches of mustard, paprika, purple and taupe wool crepe that she had stuffed in her pocket.
Kristine Miller, designer of Culver City, Calif.-based knit line Divine, which crosses into activewear and yoga clothes, yearned to find a supplier that combined the trends for prints and eco-friendly fabrics.
"If we could find an eco-printed bamboo jersey, we'd be so happy," Miller said.
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