Designers and apparel manufacturers showed heightened interest in textured textiles, eco-friendly fabrics, unusual print combinations and shiny, metallic finishes at the Los Angeles International Textile Show.
LOS ANGELES — Designers and apparel manufacturers showed heightened interest in textured textiles, eco-friendly fabrics, unusual print combinations and shiny, metallic finishes at the Los Angeles International Textile Show.
With exhibitors showing collections for next spring and summer, the three-day event at the California Market Center that ended Wednesday drew designers from as far as Dallas, as well as manufacturers that produce clothing in categories ranging from denim to contemporary to juniors. Among the attendees were designers Kevan Hall, Tom K. Nguyen and Mintee Kalra, and representatives from Buffalo Jeans, Three Dots, Nordstrom and Hudson Jeans.
Prints continued to do well in monochromatic hues of black and white, said Michael Touati, owner of France Textile Fabrication. Strong, contrasting colors such as blue, pink, yellow and green also caught attendees' eyes, he said. The Seventies will make a return next year, Touati predicted, judging by the popularity of psychedelic colors updated for the 21st century by being mixed with African-inspired tribal prints such as wood grains and shells.
Hall said he was on a quest for a special print that would anchor his forthcoming spring collection. "My collection is always about novelty," he said, noting that his shopping list included linen blends, novel sheer fabrics and textiles with texture.
Texture was also a key for Marissa Harris, sportswear designer at Buffalo Jeans. Harris sought knits that have pointelle or other patterns to be used on sweaters to layer. She said she wanted feminine fabrics like silk and cotton voile, and eye-popping print combinations, such as pairings of a large pattern with a small floral print or flowers with large geometric drawings.
"It doesn't have to be matchy-matchy at all," she said.
Switzerland's Jakob Schlaepfer displayed tiny discs that came in clear plastic, metals or were etched with clusters of miniature circles. Bernard Jacobs, a salesman for Schlaepfer, said in addition to what he dubbed the "whole metallic craze," another trend was the return of appliqués on clothing, as seen in metal rainbow-colored polkadots that were heat-fixed to chiffon.
Giving sequins and metal polkadots competition in the trim business were glass beads from Osaka, Japan-based Matsuno Industry. Ryotaro Matsuno, a partner in the family-owned business, said in line with the metallic trend, silver, gold and an iridescent white were the most popular colors. He also said American customers were thinking small."Normally, American people like big beads," he said. "We have a special tiny size [of 1.5 millimeters in diameter] that is getting popular right now."
Even leather wasn't spared of special treatments, such as distressed washes and slick coats. Cecilio Lebron, a sales representative for Los Angeles-based Western Hides, which offers only Italian leather, said attendees were fond of yellow, snakeskin prints on calf and lamb leathers, and patent leather.
For Mintee Kalra, who designs the year-old contemporary label Mintee, cotton twill and Modal blends and other fabrics that were ideal for traveling and warm weather topped her shopping list.
"I'm also looking for heavy knits, which are good for jackets," Kalra said. "It's trendy to do a fantastic blouson, cropped jacket."
On the eco-friendly front, Los Angeles' Ecotex bucked the trend for bright colors by offering burgundy, brown, mustard yellow and other muted tints achieved through organic vegetable dyes. Raphael Javaheri, Ecotex's president, said he received many requests for plain cloth that customers could garment-dye, denim made of organic cotton and organic Supima cotton.
"Organic Supima has been really good," he said, noting that a top item was an organic Supima that was sheer and light enough for double layering. "It's stronger and feels softer."
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