Monday, 23 October 2017

Munich Fabric Start | Part 2: Trends

As I wrote in the previous post I exhibited at Munich Fabric Start for the first time last September. For A/W 2018-2019 the German textile tradefair presented their new colours & trends.


Fashion is change. It is its elixir. The current changes in the textile and fashion market are more serious and radical than previous ones. The technical possibilities have turned into a dynamic driving force, which determines structures, creativity and diversity. The age of increasing digitalization and individualisation does not only entail freedom in fashion but also challenges us to continually rethink and redesign known processes. These circumstances are reflected in the themes of the Munich Fabric Start for autumn/winter 18/19.

The result is DYSIGN – ten compact, differentiated themes, stand for bold design and greater freedom in creativity, for innovative shapes and courageous cuts.


The colour world of DYSIGN is broad and includes sleepy vintage tones as well as alarming signal colours or technical neutrals. Nevertheless 4 colour families are particularly important:

1. GREEN
Green tones were very present already in summer 2018, in the winter they develop further. Either as a soft, slightly yellowish anise hue or as an almost spring-like leafy green, which is bursting with chlorophyll. Dark forest green nuances have a new, metallic undertone.

2. VIOLET
A series of new violet and lilac tones spread freshness and optimism. Either as milky pastel tones with a high whiteness or as a clear, radiant lilac. Very nice for earthed collections: a greyish purple picked from an autumn sky.

3. GREY
With grey a new, neutral quality enters the colour charts. It is surprisingly refined in many different levels of brightness, from soft light grey to deepest anthracite, that competes with black as a basic colour. Smoother grey features warm undertones.

4. BROWN
Browns add depth and luxurious shine to a variety of textured fabrics. In the process, brown conquers collections slower than expected. The nuances range from warm, light biscuit hues to medium brown chocolate to rich, dark coffee browns.





 







PATTERNS / PRINTS

Prints revel in inspirations of foreign cultures, especially Arab influences. The ornamental prints are often mixed with more organic motifs. Deformation and unusual proportions revive stripes and XXL motifs. Metallic surfaces and patterns inspired by insect shells shimmer in technical nuances.

Patterns look unusual diverse and play with our perception. Jacquards, prints and embroideries tell humorous stories. Small traditional patterns such as herringbone, chevron or knit structures in bi-colour look new and young. Flower patterns gain in volume by abstraction and compliment the off-key Gucci effects.


These trends & texts excerpts from Munich Fabric Start's Trend Code and Munique Magazine. Munique Magazine can be downloaded here.

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