Fabrics flickering with glitter, sparkly threads and space-age leitmotifs are trending for fall 2020, a season poised to deliver highly detailed scenic textiles and an endless array of shimmer and shine, according to the textiles showcased during last week’s Texworld USA at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
And it follows that all things cosmic point to dark and somewhat daunting themes for fall: Texworld’s trend categories include amorphous, celestial concepts such as immemorial spell, apocalyptic fascination, astral ecstasy and synthetic dazzle. Color schemes are cool-toned and cover a wide spectrum, featuring a range of neutrals with names like “cosmic sediment” or “mineral brightness”; a slate gray and almost-black hue called “urban dust” and “shaded carbon,” respectively; a rich green titled “poisonous chlorophyll,” or “gelled lichen,” a mint-tone; a periwinkle blue referred to as “icy horizon” or “azure fragment,” a cyan blue, and brighter pops of color in the vein of “celestial pitaya,” a ruby-toned hot pink and “expanded sunflower,” a gilded yellow.
Prints for the season are complicated scenes that are sure to elicit conversation: Think of vignettes depicting detailed highway layouts, neighborhoods and landscapes, which may — or may not — seek to prompt questions about the banalities of everyday life, alongside geometric, highly textured metallic fabrics with a cosmic twist. “Our spot-on trend theme presented by our Texworld Art Directors is always an amazing tool for our attendees to take back to their brands and begin developing the trends for their upcoming seasons,” said Jennifer Bacon, show director, fashion and apparel.
Bacon explained, though, that sustainability remains to be the utmost prevailing trend for textiles. “At the moment, sustainability is the most relevant, but also most complicated subject within the textile and fashion industry. People need clarity and guidance, along with inspiration. We are focused on the sustainable future of the industry by providing more eco-friendly manufactures, panel discussions and dedicated section within our trend showcase. It’s an ongoing journey and we’re right on the pulse of it. Brands and consumers alike are interested in sustainability practices like efficient water use or how to avoid micro-plastics, and traceability and transparency within the supply chain.
Bacon continued, “We’re excited that we have become a leader that sheds light on these pressing environmental and multichannel issues. Although price will always be a factor, it’s important to address new innovations and new ways to work with recycled and eco-friendly materials and processes. Our show strives to provide new solutions that designers and industry experts can work with in the future.” That’s why Texworld’s ongoing focus on sustainability led to the development of Fashionsustain, a brand new one-day conference held on July 22 that originated in Berlin, dedicated to educating attendees on sustainable practices, the firm explained.
Described as a conference devoted to the “fashion and textile industries’ processes and production mechanisms, through collaborations, new technologies and applied innovations,” show organizers said that
“with a goal of finding dynamic solutions to social and environmental problems, Fashionsustain’s purpose is to offer a fundamental transformation to the industry.” Speakers included industry leaders from Walmart, PVH Corp. and Athleta, covering topics such as circularity, traceability and sustainability solutions. Tricia Carey, director of global business development apparel, Lenzing, told WWD that there is an increased interest in circular economy topics, as well as an uptick in demand for recycled fibers. “[It was] amazing to see the strong response at Texworld USA this week regarding sustainability topics and Fashionsustain. And, it was especially wonderful to see the interest in circularity and Tencel x Refibra, [which are] made from cotton scraps.”
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