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.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)