A Thing Called Fashion

Detail Makes The Difference

CREATIVITY Boosts Just when it seemed it couldn’t get any better, given the difficult economic context, weavers are again outdoing each other in creativity and inventiveness, Displaying Superlative technical expertise, fabrics for Summer 2017 were mouth watering in their creativity and innovation – Sometimes exceptional It was this creativity that boosted Milano Unica and Première Vision this season, driving the optimism and energy felt throughout the fair’s – driven also by the need to sell in international markets. For many, it was not a false hope, as business was actually being done, thanks to the increased presence of foreign buyers looking for European fabrics. Visitors from the USA and Japan were back and there were increases in the numbers of buyers from key emerging markets, Russia, China, and Brazil. Fashion Magazines from Design Info have depicted several such instances.

 ORNAMENTAL EXCESS The strongest impression of next winter’s fabrics lay in opulence and ornamental richness, But at the same time, the look was sophisticated and controlled – without too much bling. Different techniques are applied in layer upon layer, giving fabric complexity in decoration or more weight and substance. Nothing is quite plain, fabrics have surface effects created through yarn and structure, or finish in coatings and laminates, overprinted or embroidered. Design Info has given a complete analysis in their top Accessories Magazines on the latest ornamental trends.

Jacquards really stood out, bringing pattern designs into Winter after the wave of prints for summer. In high demand, whether in silk or blends, cotton and wools, jacquards range from shirtings in tiny tie motifs and paisleys to large scale brocades and taffetas in updated baroque patterns and tapestries, rich but without visual excess, or With Volume in double cloths and cloqué Efilan effects.


Metallics are part of the mix, but less overtones dull bronze and gold, added in the yarn, or coated or laminated and given an antiqued look as if scraped off. Adding to the look are rich embroideries, and heavy guipure lace, velvets, and devoré prints.


Among others, Ratti experimented with layering transparent over opaque in jacquard cloqués, accented with fancy yarns or ribbon yarn and enriching fabrics in different ways, with metallic details and inserts. Tessitura Romano’s jacquards are even more decorative, in baroque patterns, foulards, and paisleys, with stretch jacquards an important feature, including an astrakhan effect in jacquard cloqué. Embroideries are imitated in jacquard, seen at several exporters from India, which also has real embroideries and a fabric with huge metallic sequins, nominated for the PV awards.

By way of contrast, Dutel Creation from France, has a distinctive modern look of its own in creative jacquards, at reasonable prices, loved by better end brands. Hitting the spot were quited effects in cotton/ silk or blends, tapestry patterns and scribbled border stripes or bold florals on black/white mouliné grounds. Chenille plays its part, again in jacquards, as well as extra weft effects, while finishes include metallic coatings and overprinting.

Unnatural polyesters have become acceptable, as they get better and better. They are in demand, even for high fashion prints, as silk replacements in taffetas and satins, gauzes and organzas, as well as georgette and crepe-de-chine. Polyester also works in mixes AAA with silk or Wool, increasing the fineness and smoothness. Polyester shot taffetas look stunning from Weft, With a bionic finish, and Cavallari has a range of massive prints as well.

Please visit their website – https://www.designinfo.in to purchase online.

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