The next edition of the show, during which exhibitors will showcase their fall 2019 collections, is scheduled for July 10 to 12 at the Rho Fiera Milano fairgrounds.
Under the guidance of art director Stefano Fadda, head of Milano Unica’s Style Committee, the division developed a macro trend named “Nations to Nations,” which is “a social-philosophical concept aimed at grouping different peoples, different traditions, cultures and also different styles under one umbrella” Fadda explained.
The macro trend highlighting a message of positivity and unity among people was developed through three different themes: organic grunge, handcrafted essentialism and techno romantic.
In keeping with last season’s focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly textiles, the organic grunge trend featured natural cloths juxtaposed with recycled fabrics. The samples were reworked with different techniques. For example, a jersey vinyl layered with wool gauze and a fabric made with real flowers and feathers was treated with a glass-based process.
Referencing Scotland, Turkey and Romania, the organic grunge trend was infused with folk inspirations and woody tones, while the techno-romantic theme included high-tech textiles inspired by feminine fabrics such as jacquards, chiffon, silk and brocades.
“Technological innovation is fundamental, even if some exhibitors here may feel unprepared to answer our proposal because we certainly set the bar higher this season,” said Fadda, who collaborated with 15 textile companies to develop the trends project.
Drawing their inspiration from Flemish paintings, Indonesian batiks and tapestries of Azerbaijan, the techno romantic samples featured layers of fabrics with different thickness and embossed details “to give the textiles a volume and a tactile, pleasant feel,” said Fadda.
“I think that extreme fashion is coming to an end and people are feeling the need for cleaner lines, for a more minimal style,” he explained, pointing to the handcrafted essentialism theme. The trend referenced the cultures and attitudes of South Korea, Switzerland and Sweden, which were translated in understated samples such as, for example, a double cashmere layered with metallic net and embellished with shiny details, all worked in subdued neutrals and pastels.