New York textiles week kicked off July 14 with a few sweet announcements — from a partnership between Première Vision and the CFDA to a full-on runway show in the upcoming Milano Unica exhibition. Still, the fabrics were the real scoop. On the menu for fall 2010: a little bit of everything. The cream of the fabric crop ran the gamut — from artsy and innovative to tried and true — as mills and textile designers balanced smart business with creativity.
Pictured, top row: Cotton from Somelos Tejidos; silk from Tanushree Exports; cotton and cashmere from Lanificio Fratelli Ormezzano SpA. Middle row: Cashmere and silk from Plus Quam Cadena; wool, nylon, rayon, linen and mohair from Lanificio Campore SAS; Ultra's wool, silk and nylon. Bottom row: Polyester, cotton and wool from J.B. Bernard France; silk from Teseo SpA; Ratti Donna's wool, silk, polyster and nylon.
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?"