Byline: Allegra Holch

NEW YORK — “If I had to talk about fabrics in just three words, they’d be practical, plush and plastic,” said DuPont fashion director Roseann Forde, commenting on the fall 1996 season at the company’s recent ready-to-wear trend workshop titled “Timeline.” A series of presentations ran through last week at the firm’s offices here.
Forde defined the season with three trend categories: E-Mail, Replay and Fast-Forward.
* E-Mail reflects the work ethic, but this time around career clothes get a lift with brights that “liven up a suit or jacket,” said Forde. “It’s not the yuppie suit look, but a more sensuous shape with an emphasis on the waist.” Woven wools and flannels blended with Lycra spandex in men’s wear plaids and pinstripes are all a part of this trend.
“We’ll be seeing a lot more woven Lycras in the market,” noted Forde “as well as doubleknits that look like wovens.”
* Replay gets its inspiration from the past with “time-honored classics that are rejuvenated by modern fabrics like Micromattique and Supplex and Tactel nylons,” said Forde. She pointed to such plush fabrics as Malden Mills’s Polarfleece containing Lycra spandex, as well as corded fabrics and chenille knits utilizing Lycra. Other knits in this category have a silky hand in blends like Tactel nylon and Lycra, which Forde pointed out has an advantage in being machine-washable.
* Fast-Forward focuses on futuristic looks with brights and metallics and “unabashed” synthetics. There’s an industrial influence and an obvious fake look with coated and rubberized surfaces. “Shine will continue, but in more sophisticated ways like reflective tape and hologram looks,” said Forde.

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