The 100% Jean Colonna exhibit at Expofil.

Talk about variety. This season’s Future Forum at Expofil showcased “100% Jean Colonna,” a group of 180 tank tops created by the French designer. “This is the third time I’ve been given carte blanche, and again it has...

Talk about variety. This season’s Future Forum at Expofil showcased “100% Jean Colonna,” a group of 180 tank tops created by the French designer. “This is the third time I’ve been given carte blanche, and again it has been a real pleasure for me,” he said, making reference to two other presentations he has had at Expofil. In this project, said Colonna, he “wanted to preserve the primary use for yarn, which is weaving. No sewing thread was used. Everything was welded, bonded or knitted in. I don’t do science fiction, I just like to show what textile companies and designers can do technically and this project was a way for me to give technology a human aspect.”

Highlights included a burnout look in Cupro rayon and nylon, a velvet circular knit that also featured a burnout effect and a tank made of a Lyocell and Chitusan fiber from Lenzing. Chitusan, a crab-derived fiber, contains antibacterial properties, which together with Lyocell, produced a fashionable, performance-friendly top. Surface interest, meanwhile, came in the way of pin-tuck stitches, ribbon appliqués, silver coatings and pleats.

— Daniela Gilbert

This story first appeared in the October 5, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.