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NEW YORK — The semiannual Invista workshop for intimate apparel is featuring a variety of themes that range from bold and elegant to Hollywood glam and retro grunge.

Running through May 31, the workshop at the Invista offices at 1430 Broadway here is being presented by Iris LeBron, vice president of trend forecasting firm Concepts International. LeBron’s seminar includes trend boards with fabric swatches, a mix of prototype garments and lingerie items purchased at trendy European boutiques. There is also a video presentation of runway fashion shows featuring the influence of lingerie in ready-to-wear and rtw trends reflected in lingerie.

Trends that cross over into both the lingerie and rtw realms include:

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  • Floral lace embroideries, trompe l’oeil printed lace patterns and layered lace tiers.
  • Geometric lace panels, mesh treatments and sheer and lace combinations.
  • Pleated, textured effects and banding treatments.
  • Casual, comfort fabrics that are soft and have drapability, like marled sweatshirting, lightweight jerseys, and micro blends of Modal and Tencel.
  • Liquid-looking satins, silks and microfiber blends of Tactel and Lycra spandex.
  • Bright color palettes enhanced by three Tactel applications: Estrela, Prisma and Hyperbright.
  • Metallic gold in muted shades.

    Dianne W. Lober, marketing communications manager at Invista, said, “Whether it’s a grunge or glamour look, everything is being inspired by intimates right now.”

Entitled The Black and White Ball, New Glamour and Vintage Grunge, the three themes underscored a number of directional ideas unveiled at the Salon International de la Lingerie trade show in Paris and the Lyon, Mode City fair in Lyon, France. Among the new ideas were Black Lycra, a black elastane that retains evenness and intensity of color, and is an addition to La Perla lingerie, and Super White Lycra, which was launched to the trade at SIL. Super White Lycra is a white elastane that brings a “like new” whiteness durability to intimates, especially molded garments such as bras, said Lober.

“And Black Lycra crosses over to eveningwear and activewear effortlessly,” she said.

LeBron said lace was making a “big resurgence in bridal across the board,” and was a strong element when mixed with denim such as XFit Lycra, a new cross-weave denim that gives four-way stretch and was launched in the Rock & Republic jeanswear line.

As an example, she pointed out a gray denim bra with lace overlay from the Vintage Grunge group, saying, “Even lace has a laundered, rough-edge look, the kind of look of being worn and ripped out.”

She noted that a new form of shaping represented the New Glamour group. “We are seeing new soft, unconstructed shapewear and corsetry, like this shaped cami by Princesse Tam Tam,” she said.

As for the Truman Capote-inspired Black and White Ball group, LeBron said the “statement of elegance easily crosses over into activewear.”

“I think it’s an important story going forward, the black, white and grays carrying over to a leisurely, more casual mode,” said LeBron, noting that Stella McCartney’s activewear line for Adidas is a key example of how “intimates can cross over to active looks.”