Textile trends fall-winter 2017-18
In accordance with its goal of being a gateway for future trends, ISPO Munich in cooperation with a trend expert studied various global trends with influence on the textile industry and its products. In combination with the defined trend colours and five more detailed textile trends, these mega trends provide a good vision where the future of textiles will take us.
The mega trends show visions that are not specific to one particular area but will influence the entire textile chain right down to the consumer. The colour cards and the textile trends result from a range of influences, from consumer behaviour to the global economy. Film, music, social media, art and many other activities are reflected in these trends.
Blind Faith: A continuation of the ongoing sustainability trend, Blind Faith highlights the new processes with water and energy reduction, recycled ingredients, social responsibility and traceability, all continuing to be significant factors. It is an ongoing mega trend, but for textile mills and brands alike they have to adapt and adhere to this. In addition, the consumer places their trust in the brands they buy into; they don’t really want to know how sustainable and socially conscious these brands are, they just want to believe that they are contributing to a better society and world in general. Expect to see more focused sustainable solutions, reduced processing at all levels, recycled elements and renewed traditional practices.
Reasons to be Cheerful: There is a push towards being happy and a strong element of having fun. This incorporates the wellbeing and health-wear aspects that have influenced the market, combined with tactility, colour, fit, comfort and visual appeal. There is a sense of hope and optimism emerging, a feel-good factor that is reflected from the simplest of detail through to more innovative aspects. It’s ok to be happy in a gray world, get rid of the guilt, enjoy life, live and laugh and enjoy. The simplest of pleasures appeals and this is clear to see as the “athleisure” market continues to grow, as does the sports sector globally.
Neoteric: While evolving to move forward, it is important to explore new avenues from all sectors of the industry. Resurrecting natural fibres and finishes in new forms work alongside the new-generation synthetics and finishes that are emerging. This mega trend also focuses on enhancing the experience, delivering added value and experimenting with revolutionary new ingredients and technology.
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