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PARIS — Fabric collections at Première Vision Paris signaled a shift to a more delicate and refined mood for spring 2019, with a range of cloudy, hazy and powdery surfaces and gently nuanced fabrics that were soft on the eye.

Other directions for the season include “rich minimalism” explored through fabrics and leathers offering a syrupy, dense and suave suppleness.

Expect less visual excess. “It’s a season where there is a place for simplicity, with noble plains, and sophisticated mélanges. Density is a gauge of luxury,” said Ariane Bigot, deputy fashion director at PV Paris.

“Patterns are worked in a simplified way, but are never boring. Geometrics are dynamic and joyful,” continued Bigot, who also highlighted “new ornamentation” among trends.

“Even the jacquard specialists are demonstrating a new simplicity, offering exceptional monochromes that are sober and majestic.”

The hybridization trend continues to gather steam, with unexpected contrasts, and refined mixes of synthetics and raw and rustic, vegetal materials.

Undulating, hazy stripes and patterns draw the eye and are joyful and delicate.

Shiny fabrics and metallics are no longer limited to the red carpet, with bold modern spins surfacing in the sportswear, men’s wear and casualwear categories.

Wet “aquatic” looks, plastic-y finishes and jellified surfaces are key for accessories.

Meanwhile, “Infinite” was the overriding theme chosen by Texworld’s art directors, Louis Gérin and Grégory Lamaud, to define the season’s trends, summed up as the multiplicity of possibilities opened up for the future by looking back at the natural world and counterpoising it with the possibilities of the future.

Diverse natural textures from mineral to aquatic and skin tones played strongly, as did transparency and metallic elements and  contrasts of rigidity and fluidity. Many fabrics had visible structures, and textured velvets were important in the mix. In addition to a more natural palette, vibrant purples, yellows and oranges and a multiplicity of greens had a vintage inspiration that evoked optimism and “joie de vivre,” said Gérin.

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