MILAN — The Moda In show kicked off the European textile fair season this month with a blaze of color and patterns for fall 2005 and winter 2006.
The three-day fair, which wrapped up Sept. 10, featured fantasy tweeds, bold patterns, bouclés and herringbones in traditional fall colors for outerwear, while tweed and basket-weave fabrics led fashion looks for suits, jackets and dresses.
Exhibitors mixed retro hues with fresh colors and used unusual color combinations. As festive alternatives to black, they offered bronze and pale peach, as well as champagne and dusty rose in velveteen jacquard. Outerwear and daywear fabrics featured opulent, sensuous colors ranging from rich chocolate brown and burgundy to gold and turquoise.
Canclini, a Como, Italy-based company, showed winter-weight cotton, as well as cotton and wool blends in a range of plaids and checks. Many of the soft cotton twills shown by Canclini had distressed finishes and were designed for sportswear and casualwear lines.
“I was inspired by the variety of colors and textures found on the leaves of the many chestnut trees that grow on the mountains above Como,” said Massimo Martone, the firm’s textile designer.
Deep fall colors also inspired the textured patterns, soft paisleys and bright-colored chenilles at Miroglio.
“We produce four lines of prints, plus raw fabrics and single-color fabrics in addition to 16 lines of clothing, which include the Elena Miro brand and two lines for Krizia,” said product manager Roberto Chiarle.
In addition to patterns and textured bouclés in wool and wool blends, Miroglio showed brightly colored fine-wale cotton corduroy with some stretch properties.
The Serikos collection focused on texture, achieved by pleating and sewing the fabric to create honeycombed and rippled patterns.
“Most of our collection is still being finalized,” said representative Gino Parzianello. “We hope to have the complete line ready for the upcoming Paris textile fair,” he added, referring to Première Vision, which opens today.
At Nordtessile, general manager Eugenio Tettamanti said, “Our colors for fall-winter 2005-2006 are intense.
“Just looking at this beautiful fabric puts you in a party mood,” he added, unfolding a bolt of deep violet watermarked taffeta.
In addition, the Como-based company offered wool in a classic basket weave, plus striped chenille for daywear and colorful patterns for holiday and eveningwear.
Sexy and sophisticated fabrics were the theme at Nero su Nero, where fashion looks included velvet jacquards, some in deep jewel tones and others in pale shades of champagne, blush peach and pale aquamarine. The soft, iridescent tones were reminiscent of the Thirties and added a retro touch to the line.
Gruppo Dondi exhibited rows of brightly colored jersey.
“Our solid-colored jersey usually does well because it is so versatile,” said Tommaso Ricci, sales representative. “It looks like our patterned jersey is going to do well, too.”