L.A. style has always been about showing off — from the tiniest flourish to completely over-the-top looks. And a preview of fabrics to be shown at The Los Angeles International Textile Show, May 5-7, proves that getting noticed is what it’s all about for spring ’98. Here, a look at some of the trends.


Foreign Intrigue: Prints and patterns inspired by far-off lands such as China, Africa and Morocco.

High Shine: Lots of silver foil print motifs and clear hologram dots on printed stretch knits.

Animal Kingdom: Ferocious animal and reptile prints and textures on everything from vinyl to velvet.

Flowery Language: Feminine watercolor-style florals on sheer net and chiffon, puff-printing on slinky knits, and embroidery and appliques on tulle.

Tie-Dye: A homemade, one-of-a-kind approach to pattern, tie-dye and hand-painted looks are showing up on matte microfiber knits, velvets and silk charmeuse.

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