LOS ANGELES — Fashion designers and apparel manufacturers at the Los Angeles International Textile Show last week searched for textured textiles, organic fibers, alternatives to denim and fabrics that have a metallic shine or offer some stretch.
Exhibitors at the California Market Center emphasized better quality and a plush feel for their fall-winter 2007-2008 collections.
"For fall, it's all about comfort," said Dolley Levan, designer for women's contemporary brand Dolley in Los Angeles.
Levan strives to bring a sporty look to formal dresses by designing sweater dresses for evening, so she looked for fabrics in simpler solid colors with fewer prints and what she dubbed "woolly lace."
"I'm looking for things that have an organic kind of feel," Levan said.
Organic was also the key word for Bon & Ging's Nanette Sullano, who dropped by the booth of recycled cotton purveyor Green-Spun Textured Knits. Joe Pham, the former designer of Hot Kiss' contemporary label Jak & Rae, who plans to launch his own line called Nalina next fall, also was searching for organic cotton. Other designers who hit the three-day show included Kevan Hall, Juan Carlos Obando and representatives from Trina Turk, Michael Stars and Sanctuary.
Continuing the trend for gold and silver that sparkled in the recent spring runway shows, designers mined booths for more metals. Gold paillettes were popular at Los Angeles' Nandini Textiles and Accessories Inc., and bronze and toned-down metallic hues were preferred for lace, cords and other trim from Ribbtrim Inc., the U.S. distributor of Japan's Mokuba. Designers liked items that had a soft hand and subdued color, as well, said Karin Vitolo, a Los Angeles-based sales representative for Ribbtrim.
A weathered effect was what Obando had in mind for the next collection from his two-year-old namesake label. Preferring muted metals, he said he wanted paillettes in amber and bronze.
"The problem with a shiny metallic is it's beautiful, but it doesn't sell," said Obando, adding that he opted for something "more industrial than glitzy and shiny."
For designers who went for softer fabrics, velvet and silk chiffon were big at France's Soieries Chambutaires, owner Christophe Debard said. In addition, the exhibitor offered satin and taffeta in stretch.
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