H.T.’S CAREER VERSATILITY

Byline: Margaret Mazzaraco

NEW YORK — A sophisticated array of versatile fabrics — linked for career dressing and better sportswear — is at H.T. Studio, a new supplier from Canada.
Based in Toronto, H.T. is a separate division of Hamil Textiles. It opened in late February with a fall 1995 collection of novelties, yarn-dyes and prints at Barn Hill Co., sales agency here. The fabrics are priced from $3.50 to $12.50 per meter and come in as many as five fabrics for each grouping.
What sampled well was a group called Jaspe, according to Janine Love, stylist, “for its sheerness and the fact that it’s high-twist, which creates a salt-and-pepper look and texture.” She said buyers like the group for the light and fluid qualities. Also sampling are polyester georgette printed tartans, textural plaids and paisleys.
The Jaspe group consists of a high-twist acetate and rayon plaid, a stripe, a small check, a polyester cationic clip baroque jacquard georgette, a polyester georgette swirl print and a three-tone acetate and rayon double-face jacquard.
Love said the best-selling colors are plum and soft gray in combination.
“There’s a strong European influence in the colors in that they are fairly muted and neutralized,” she said, noting other combinations are in sages and grays. “They are layers of tones and if you layer the fabrics on each in the silhouette, it’s not matchy-matchy, and the play of different textures give you the different shading.”
She said a little triangle floral and stripe, both on polyester georgette, give the group a different look. And the group can be coordinated with large romantic nostalgic florals.
Another group idea is built around acetate and rayon crinkles, in such patterns as a plaid or a stripe linked to a three-tone double-face jacquard baroque paisley.
There are solid fabrics that work back and forth, she said, including a semi-opaque twill, an acetate and rayon crepe and rayon faille.
Ahead for spring 1996 are more acetate and rayon novelties like high-twist yarn fabrics in gingham checks and more openwork mesh ideas for plaids.
In prints, Love said, monotone and bicolored florals on textured grounds such as crepe, gingham or pebble weaves are planned, in polyester georgette and in rayon crepe. “The important colors are spectator classics with navy and red grounds with white motifs. Another is what I call ‘Nude Necessities,’ playing up blush tones and lingerie colors. They’re the new colors to go with black, ivory and stone.”