Exhibitors at the recent Texworld USA presented spring 2019 collections with a focus on embroidery, sheer sparkles and contrasting prints. The show took place last week at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
More than 240 exhibitors across the apparel fabric, trim and accessories sectors attended the show this year — offerings across women’s, men’s, junior’s and children’s wear homed in on material mixes, structures and a soft salmon and ballet pink color palette for the upcoming season. A number of collections focused on sheer, sequined and sparkling iridescent fabrics and the show’s spotlight on denim presented top trends, namely embroidered, printed and patterned denims.
Sharon Graubard, founder of trend forecasting service MintModa, told WWD, “I think we’re moving into a lot of flowing [fabrics] — stiff looked good for a while — but now soft, flowy movement is looking good, especially because the silhouettes are getting bigger,” she said. “We’re also interested in sheers and different kinds of layering and transparencies, so we’ll see a lot of lace [and] tulle.”
Trends were discussed further in the “Seminar Series,” which was organized by Lenzing Fibers and StartUp Fashion. Consulting service 2G2L and the Trend Council introduced spring 2019 color and fabric trends and MintModa presented its thoughtful and thematic trend report. Additional seminars covered “Supply Chain Traceability & Transparency” and the “Importance of a Circular Economy for the Future of Fashion,” and its “Textile Talks,” which is a series of discussions in a casual setting, featured “Sustainability and Transparency in Apparel” with Megan Meiklejohn of Eileen Fisher and the “Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s (BF+DA) Tek Tiles Project,” led by Debera Johnson.
Its trend showcase was created by Texworld USA’s art directors, Louis Gerin and Gregory Lamaud, who together presented “Gourou de la Mode,” the Infinite spring 2019 trends as part of the series.
Tricia Carey, Lenzing’s director of global business development for denim, told WWD, “At each Texworld USA show we see the market evolving, especially with regard toward sustainability. I was amazed at the seminar attendance and questions around transparency and lower environmental impact within the supply chain. During our panel discussion on circular economy, we were able to discuss from the lens of fiber, fabric and brand. There is a greater understanding of the collaborations needed to move our industry forward.”
New offerings this year included the addition of “Fashion Mingle” and “My Bright Label,” as well as the “Explore the Floor” series. Also new to the show was the “Tek-Tiles” exhibit by the BF+DA that displayed a collection of smart fabrics. Its selection showcased a “Signal Cycle Jacket” equipped with turn signals embedded in the fabric, while material assortments included a 3-D knit structure called “cordillera knit,” fabric infused with thermoset yarn that optimizes spring-back, and a gradated patterned textile embedded with thermoforming yarn that changes the stretchiness of the swatch from its top to bottom, called “soft to hard gradation.”
Rachel Tobias, business development and community director at the BF+DA, told WWD, “I think the reason we’re getting into this space is because the wearable tech and e-textile market is the fastest growing, it’s grown from about $4 million 10 years ago to now, estimated [to grow to] $20 billion in the coming years. It’s obviously high in consumer demand.”
Tobias added that the firm is interested in creating wearable tech that addresses healthcare and safety needs for consumers. “Our efforts to get into this space are to address the sustainability issues behind combining technology with fibers and then to create products that are useful that can help people with real problems in their lives.”
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