Textile fairs and trade shows are taking over Paris - first with Texworld and now with Première Vision. The autumn-winter 2020-21 edition gathered suppliers and trends from all areas within the textile industry: yarns, fabrics, leathers, designs, accessories, and manufacturing - proposing a desire for transformation and enchanting fashion solutions. The aesthetics are dream-like and flirt with digital, transforming materials in extraordinary hybrids that challenge our perspective. This season is about seeking refuge and finding a home in fantasy. Continue reading to know more!
Première Vision: Focus On Leather
This very controversial topic deserves more attention from the fashion industry, and Première Vision puts a focus on leather offers are evolving according to the required changes. The area brings over 320 exhibitors: tanners, tawers, manufacturing contractors, makers of materials for leather goods and footwear, providers of technical solutions and chemical products, and certification bodies, to name a few! It also includes a "Know-How Index" created with Les Compagnons du Devoir (a training and apprenticeship provider for young people in manual trades) that presents techniques used for manufacturing leather goods and clothing.
Leather was the chosen focus for Première Vision autumn-winter 2020-21. Sustainable options like vegetable tanning present new alternatives to leather. Image courtesy of Première Vision.
Autumn-Winter 2020-21 Leather Trends
Sustainability and green processes are, of course, only one part of the trends in the leather industry, with certifications from the Leather Working Group, for example, leading the way into a more transparent and sustainable process. Several exhibitors are presenting a range of leathers with a metal-free tanning process, including Mégisserie Lauret, Conceria Stella, and Indutan.
Creative embossing is another strong autumn-winter 2020-21 trend at Première Vision. Grainy textures add tactile and visual sensations on leather, and they can be very small or even geometric, giving the effect of small water droplets. Cracked finishes and superficial laser-cuts complete the trend. Shiny leather, on the other hand, uses cracking to accentuate the gloss, and some tanneries choose a pearly vintage shine, or even the contrast between matt and shine in the same piece.
Laser-cuts give new textures for leather this autumn-winter 2020/21. Image courtesy of Première Vision.
And finally, the autumn-winter 2020-21 leather trends count on colorful pieces with finishes that include stamping to create lighter areas, or waxing to affect the colors. Sherlings appear in bright colors and even with animal prints.
Autumn-Winter 2020-21: Design With Nature
Nature leads the way for the autumn-winter 2020-21 trends: sustainability is intrinsically connected to technology. Visually, the possibilities open up in prints that pay homage to nature's creativity: florals are almost alien, mixing up references in hybrid creations with saturated or supernatural colors; animals - real or not - appear in detailed and monochromatic drawings; foliage is stylized and imaginative, mixing elements like roots and leaves, or appearing as night scenarios and landscapes illuminated by the moon, full of mystery and fantasy.
Maxi-florals with hybrid designs bring a fantastic natural appeal to the trends' presentations. Image courtesy of Première Vision.
Respect for the environment above all: that's where the autumn-winter 2020-21 trends are leading yarns, with traceable production processes and low impact, bringing recycled, bio-sourced and organic fibers. The fantasy comes from expressive textures used to enrich the surfaces in a quest to innovate in visual novelty and to personalize materials. Technology brings yarns that are high-strength, high-performance, and high-volume, not forgetting about coziness with hairy and plush effects and different types of wool.
Knitwear is committed to personalization, and knitwear materials and shapes are protective or even eccentric this autumn-winter 2020-21, with cocoon shapes structured in 3D, rounded volumes, sculptural braids, and exaggerated stitches. Maxi-motifs, tactile jacquards, and contrasting stripes create a dialogue between body and decoration. There is also a fluidity to the knits, with enveloping drapings and fine, sensual textures.
Textures like maxi-stitches and complex braids bring fantasy and overlapping worlds to the autumn-winter 2020-21 season. Image courtesy of Première Vision.
Fabrics For Autumn-Winter 2020-21
Première Vision showed that, for cottons and denims, blends with man-made fibers like lyocell give softness with a substance that expands to flannel visuals, and checks in delicate hues appear in wool and cotton blends. Corduroy and velvet play with textures and senses.
In the sportswear area, innovative materials continue to bring more technology into the sector, always with a controlled environmental impact. Recycled polyamide fibers, for example, along with a lot of progress in recycled elastane too. There is more focus on the products' end-of-life as well, with improvements in biodegradability and presenting biopolymers and PVC-free finishings.
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