MIAMI BEACH — Fabrics on display at Material World focused on fashion, performance and the environment, often in one package.
"Innovation drives business," said Walter Tkach, director of sales at United Knitting, a fabric supplier in Cleveland, Tenn. "U.S. factories can't compete on price, but they can out-create the competitors."
Offering recycled consumer and postindustrial materials, United Knitting also is developing new combinations. One of the mill's latest products is Chitosan, which combines stretch, compression and antibacterial performance qualities with organic materials made from snow crabs.
Interest in organic fabrics led to a 50 percent sales increase for Los Angeles-based Hemp Traders. The company projects 50 percent gains for each of the next two years.
"The downside is cost," said Lawrence Serbin, president. "Midtier and high-end stores are interested and testing the fabric, but you won't find hemp in discounters."
"Reinvention" was the theme in the show's trend area, which included 15 exhibitors of 100 percent organic fabrics. Performance and fashion were emphasized equally. New applications ranged from Sommers Plastics' heat-sensitive fabric that changes color when exposed to body heat and Swarovski's Crystallized, which involves applying Xilion transfers onto leather and is used in fashion handbags, belts and jackets.
April Booth, national sales manager of Eclat, a Los Angeles-based fabric producer, said the weak economy had been a catalyst for product development. Although orders and sales are down 10 to 20 percent since December, performance, fashion and eco-friendly fabrics continue to drive business.
"New, exciting and different is what everybody wants now," she said.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye