Though September is the main event for most textile manufacturers, Europe’s trade show organizers pulled together a few beautiful previews of the fall 2010 collections for the American market last week.
On Tuesday, at Manhattan’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a delegation from Italy presented the fabric trends that will be shown at Milano Unica from Sept. 8 to 11. Angelo Uslenghi, the exhibition’s creative director, showed examples of classic Italian craftsmanship with a slight update such as beautiful animal prints under metallic glaze and wool tulles dyed in deepcontrasting shades. But he didn’t skimp on innovation. There was also metalized glass used as plating and macramé coated in polyurethane. “Italy will never be cheap,” said Milano Unica’s president, Pier Luigi Loro Piana, in response to the growing demand for cost-effective materials. “Our value is in quality, consistency and increasingly, creativity.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"