NEW YORK — Activewear fibers, lightweight shapewear and a continuing ready-to-wear statement are in the spotlight at DuPont’s fall 1995 Intimate Apparel Workshop.
The workshop, entitled “Odyssey,” is a series of trend presentations by Iris LeBron, DuPont’s fashion director of intimate apparel and activewear.
The presentation, which opened April 27 and closes June 9, is being staged for retailers, innerwear manufacturers and mill executives at DuPont’s temporary showroom here at 35 West 36th St. The company is relocating its entire New York offices to 1470 Broadway in September.
The workshop opens with a video that charts fashion, fabrics and color direction showing three groups:
“Eco/Trend,” a theme that mixes naturals with metallics inspired by technology.
“Body Chemistry,” a group that highlights activewear fibers, such as CoolMax nylon with Lycra spandex and Supplex nylon with Lycra.
“Travelers,” a group that focuses on a multicultural message and rtw theme.
LeBron singled out “Eco/Trend” as the most directional group, noting, “The mixes of the old — natural fabrics and colors — with the new — stretch fabrics and metallic colors — gives lingerie a totally different look.”
Colors spotlighted in the group include matte neutrals and heathers teamed with dull-shine silver, gold and copper. The matte-and-shine mixes of neutrals and metallics were shown in jacquard-pattern knits making lightweight power-net control garments with a pretty, lingerie look. Lightweight bodyshapers are a significant trend as they attract a younger woman, expanding the consumer base for this kind of garment.
Activewear fabrics done in lighter weights are a key part of the “Body Chemistry” group.
As an example, LeBron displayed an 83-denier Supplex nylon as adaptable for lingerie, compared with a heavier weight 87-denier Supplex nylon that is typically utilized for activewear.
“Performance fibers are coming into the bra and panties market,” remarked LeBron.
She added that surface texture will be important as well, especially bi-color laces, embroidered laces and large, cut-out lace patterns.
The color palette includes black, white and a range of blues.
The third group, “Travelers,” keeps the innerwear-outerwear idea going in rich, deep colors, especially brown and gray. In this group, the rtw story continues primarily in sleepwear and at-home wear looks such as bed jackets or easy pajamas that look like sportswear.
“There will still be a very strong multicultural message next fall,” predicted LeBron, “especially in prints and patterns.”
She singled out dramatic leaf motifs, exotic florals, and dots and stripes, mingling touches of varied cultures.