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With a new year comes a fresh start, and as we turn our attention ahead to Spring/Summer 2020, putting another year of unrest and uncertainty behind us, we focus on developing
a refreshed and relaxed, laid-back aesthetic with an overall calming and nurturing effect. As we expand on our big ideas for the season, introduced in our issue 25 forecast, we continue
to explore the idea of a world in flux. Change is constant and it is transforming our everyday lives, particularly in terms of our fashion choices. While certainly not a new topic, sustainability continues to dominate textile talk. With many brands having vowed to fully overhaul their fabric selections and production methods by January 2020, it seems this season will be a key milestone for the fashion and textile industry.

 

The Big Ideas

We continue to explore the concept of flux, examining the interconnecting themes that surround this idea through
key cultural drivers, to build a series
of colour palettes and harmonies that epitomise each statement and envelop the season.

Denim Archive

The key ideas driving denim trends for S/S20, selected from the archives of denim collector and consultant Gill Riddell and shot on location at Paul Vogel Design.

Denim Statements

Our edit of the latest and most commercially relevant updates in denim detailing for the S/S 2020 season, presented by leading mills and manufacturers at Kingpins Amsterdam, Denim Première Vision and Bluezone by Munich Fabric Start.

Casual Concepts

A restored focus on establishing longevity and founding wardrobe staples that cross looks and seasons is propelled forwards, as manufacturers and consumers tire of waste and the repercussions of throwaway culture. Efficiency, sustainability and functionality become key words for the season.

Bio-Futures: Turning To Nature

Bio-based fibre innovations will become the future of fashion, leading the charge as we look to reduce our consumption of man-made materials. We look to the innovators that are pushing the boundaries in order to deliver more sustainable options for future production.

Athleisure Statements

Active and casual wardrobes continue to blur and become more streamlined, influenced largely by the ease and comfort of streetwear and the functionality of technical performance garments. We highlight the key crossover statements emerging for S/S 2020.

SS20 Active Concepts

Digital advances continue to push innovation in the active arena. E-sports and training experiences enhanced by virtual reality (VR) continue to grow in popularity, while the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics promise to fully immerse viewers through VR broadcasting.

AW20/21 Performance Concepts

As consumer consciousness gains new heights, the performance sector continues to lead the industry in terms of environmentally friendly design and innovative manufacturing solutions. Eco-awareness is no longer restricted to seasonal themes but envelops entire ranges across all categories. Tokyo 2020 is set to be the most sustainable Olympic Games to date

Autumn/Winter 20/21 Forecast

For A/W 20/21, we are embracing escapism, but running towards new experiences rather than away from reality. Whether we seek silence as a way to avoid noisy modern life, or experiment with psychedelia to discover new perspectives, we are looking for solace and wisdom.

View Two #26

With a new year comes a fresh start, and as we turn our attention ahead to Spring/Summer 2020, putting another year of unrest and uncertainty behind us, we focus on developing
a refreshed and relaxed, laid-back aesthetic with an overall calming and nurturing effect. As we expand on our big ideas for the season, introduced in our issue 25 forecast, we continue
to explore the idea of a world in flux. Change is constant and it is transforming our everyday lives, particularly in terms of our fashion choices. While certainly not a new topic, sustainability continues to dominate textile talk. With many brands having vowed to fully overhaul their fabric selections and production methods by January 2020, it seems this season will be a key milestone for the fashion and textile industry.

 

The Big Ideas

We continue to explore the concept of flux, examining the interconnecting themes that surround this idea through
key cultural drivers, to build a series
of colour palettes and harmonies that epitomise each statement and envelop the season.

Denim Archive

The key ideas driving denim trends for S/S20, selected from the archives of denim collector and consultant Gill Riddell and shot on location at Paul Vogel Design.

Denim Statements

Our edit of the latest and most commercially relevant updates in denim detailing for the S/S 2020 season, presented by leading mills and manufacturers at Kingpins Amsterdam, Denim Première Vision and Bluezone by Munich Fabric Start.

Casual Concepts

A restored focus on establishing longevity and founding wardrobe staples that cross looks and seasons is propelled forwards, as manufacturers and consumers tire of waste and the repercussions of throwaway culture. Efficiency, sustainability and functionality become key words for the season.

Bio-Futures: Turning To Nature

Bio-based fibre innovations will become the future of fashion, leading the charge as we look to reduce our consumption of man-made materials. We look to the innovators that are pushing the boundaries in order to deliver more sustainable options for future production.

Athleisure Statements

Active and casual wardrobes continue to blur and become more streamlined, influenced largely by the ease and comfort of streetwear and the functionality of technical performance garments. We highlight the key crossover statements emerging for S/S 2020.

SS20 Active Concepts

Digital advances continue to push innovation in the active arena. E-sports and training experiences enhanced by virtual reality (VR) continue to grow in popularity, while the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics promise to fully immerse viewers through VR broadcasting.

AW20/21 Performance Concepts

As consumer consciousness gains new heights, the performance sector continues to lead the industry in terms of environmentally friendly design and innovative manufacturing solutions. Eco-awareness is no longer restricted to seasonal themes but envelops entire ranges across all categories. Tokyo 2020 is set to be the most sustainable Olympic Games to date

Autumn/Winter 20/21 Forecast

For A/W 20/21, we are embracing escapism, but running towards new experiences rather than away from reality. Whether we seek silence as a way to avoid noisy modern life, or experiment with psychedelia to discover new perspectives, we are looking for solace and wisdom.

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AUTUMN/WINTER 19/20 AND SPRING/SUMMER 20/20
 
DESIGN IDEAS FOR THE DENIM, SPORTS, CASUAL, ACTIVE AND ATHLEISURE MARKETS
Brands have realised that their consumer market has changed. It’s no longer about elitism: it’s about relevance. It’s no longer about boomers, but about reaching Generations Y and Z – consumers that would never usually take an interest in high-end fashion or tailoring and see the business models of many traditional luxury brands as uncool. Hence luxury’s sudden love affair with rappers, hip-hop, sneakers and streetwear.
 
The most talked-about collaboration of the moment is the appointment of Virgil Abloh, the founder of streetwear sensation Off-White, as men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. This encapsulates the massive change taking place in fashion at the moment and shows how luxury brands are looking to the cultural energy and business model of streetwear to stay relevant.
 
The question everyone is asking is whether all this truly heralds a new age of luxury streetwear, permanently changing our understanding of clothes. Certainly a ‘Millennial mindset’ is taking hold across the luxury market. Generations Y and Z are now the main growth engine of that market, driving 85% of luxury expansion last year, according to Bain & Company. By 2025, they are expected to account for 45% of total luxury goods spending.
 
What’s more, these generations were brought up on the internet; they live a socially networked life which streetwear, with its graphic visual approach and irony, can so much better reflect than formal fashion. We are also living in the age of drop marketing, with its constant flow of new product releases: street and athleisure are much better at providing a stream of novelty at Instagram speed than traditional luxury fashion. Most important of all, streetwear exists within a culture of collaboration, and collaboration models are one of the biggest factors driving innovation at the moment.
Big Ideas
We continue to explore the concept of ‘belonging’, examining the interconnecting themes that surround this idea through key cultural drivers, to build a series of colour palettes and harmonies that epitomise each statement and envelop the season.
Denim
Authenticity and originality drive newness as themes that reference denim heritage are re-spun for a modern audience. Western, worker and grunge influences are each revisited this season. Vintage-look washes in mid to light blues remain key, while cleaner dark rinses and washed blacks, greys and green-tinted blues offer more seasonally adapted looks.
Casual
Themes of resilience, originality and simplicity are echoed here, taking direction from the big ideas for the season, realised through fabric choice, explorative styling and the emerging move towards finding luxury within simplicity.

Athleisure

As the boundary between casual and active wardrobes continues to blur, we highlight the key crossover statements emerging for the AW19/20 season. Head-to-toe dark urban looks are reworked in high-tech performance fabrics for an updated ath-tility aesthetic. Everyday basics including hoodies, T-shirts and sweats are updated and reworked through asymmetric cut-about panelling, high-contrast top stitching and lacing detail inserts.

Active
Drawing on the continued desire for escapism and the need to retreat, which we have highlighted as a key theme for the previous two seasons, the latest developments are designed to calm and re-centre the wearer, both in body and mind.
Performance
The desire for adventure and experience over physical possession remains a key consumer trend, and functionality, durability and hybrid styling remain the strongest selling points within the performancewear category.
Forecast
The mood of the season is iconoclastic but thoughtful, embracing change as a positive force for current needs and future communities. Conventional thinking loses relevance as a radical new attitude comes to the fore; one that gleefully mixes ancient and futuristic, global and local, technological and spiritual.

View Two #24

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BELONGING
View Two issue 24 analysis the developing big ideas for the SS19 season, building on our forecast laid out in issue 23 to translate these concepts through commercial design capsules across denim, casual, active and performance wear. For SS19, we develop our concepts under the big idea of belonging’. Nostalgia, self-reflection, inclusivity and community are all key themes here. Athleisure remains a growing focus. No longer simply a trend, now a category in its own right, the movement is influencing all areas of the industry: denim manufacturers continue to play with the idea of athleisure crossover collections, while our performance themes explore the idea of gym-to-swim and street-to-sea. As athleisure’s influence becomes greater, this season we have chosen to focus our athleisure chapter on identifying the key crossover statements that bridge casual, active and performance wear. We also look beyond fashion to explore the broader picture, and the emerging market areas attributed to the development of all-encompassing well-being lifestyles. Meanwhile, the continued shift towards transitional dressing is fuelling an incredible surge in fabric innovations that not only focus on enhancing personal comfort, but also claim to offer cosmetic benefits. The athleisure lifestyle revolution can also be largely held accountable for a surge in electro-textile development. Fabric manufacturers have developed fabrics that utilise conductive yarns, and which are able to provide personalised, app-controlled thermoregulation. The idea of wearables that go beyond electronics and our existing perceptions of wearable technology is defnitile a theme we will be talking more about in the future. See you there!
Big Ideas SS19
This season we explore the concept of belonging’, examining the interconnecting themes that surround this idea through key cultural drivers, to build a series of colour palettes and harmonies that epitomise each statement and envelop the season.
Denim SS19
For SS19, the boldly rigid heavy weights presented for AW18 take a back seat, the focus instead turning to surprisingly soft and supple high-stretch fabrics with the look of heavier authentic weights. Authenticity is a key characteristic for the season, with improved comfort and fit.
Casual SS19
The overriding theme of belonging that envelops our Big Ideas manifests itself in casualwear through themes centred around community, self-reflection, nostalgia and youth subculture. The 90s and early 00s are key influential decades for the SS19 season.
Athleisure SS19
Athleisure is no longer just a sportswear category. Fuelled by social media and the trend for aspirational wellbeing, the work-hard, play-hard, look-good ethos is spreading into beauty, travel, work and even sleep.
Active SS19
SS19 is a season of opposites within activewear trends. Themes explore palettes that are fresh, light and delicate, with messages of body positivity and inclusivity, while others showcase a harder, tougher edge focused on mental and physical strength and translated through darker, more intense tones.
Performance
The growing desire for clothing that blurs the lines between the various aspects of our lives continues to fuel collaborations that are bringing a streetwear edge to the performance wear market, with Opening Ceremony X Columbia, Adidas Originals X Pharrell Williams and Fila X Urban Outfitters providing plenty of inspiration this season.
Forecast
Realism blends with creativity, luxury elevates practicality and negatives become positives as we look towards a season that responds to troubled times with wit, wellbeing and originality. From strange and unnerving times, a sense of clarity and comfort is emerging.

View Two #23

Welcome to our totally re-thought and re-designed View Two. We have radically updated the magazine to bring it into line with changing market conditions and a new audience of Millennials and Gen Z’s.
Our aim is to apply context to concept and to offer a creative, aspirational view on the market as a whole with a commercial and user-friendly focus. We focus on all aspects of denim, casual, athleisure, active and performance in their pure forms, but also explore the blurring lines and boundaries between these areas in order to create a new design and lifestyle vision, that reflects exactly what’s happening in this rapidly expanding, merging and increasingly unbounded sector of the market.
From manufacturers to designers, the clear structure and build up of the magazine makes it easy to find the specific information any reader is looking for. Our combination of text and visuals have a new, cleaner feel but are still highly versatile making this product unique.
BIG IDEAS A/W 18/19 
In this issue we highlight ‘Human Connection’. Anti-establishment fervour, revolt and activism mean we are living in a time of political and social flux and uncertainty. As we seek respite and sanctuary in more conscious ways of living, concepts such as mindfulness, morality and wellbeing are coming to the fore.
DENIM CONCEPTS A/W 18/19
For Autumn/Winter 18/19, fabric development is veering away from detail-heavy denim looks as fabric suppliers focus their attention on furthering genuine innovation and textile interest. In our pages, we highlight three key fabric themes for the season. Dramatic contrasts can be seen between denim weights. Very rigid, heavy denims of 16oz or more are contrasted against surprisingly soft and super-stretch fabrics, as well as true-knits with an authentic denim look, both of which bridge the gap into the realms of athleisure.
CASUAL CONCEPTS A/W 18/19
The social and economic factors outlined in our ‘Big Ideas’ section reference themes such as enhanced comfort, consciousness, nostalgic escapism, and the stress created by ‘stuffocation’ – having too many belongings. These are now explored in greater detail through six casual concepts, where themes continue to speak to a more gender-fluid aesthetic with functional, uniform-like outfitting and oversized, anti-bodycon silhouettes being key. The theme of comfort is further explored through our fabric stories, which see tactile combinations of corduroy, brushed and peached jerseys, velvets and dense furs.
ATHLEISURE CONCEPTS A/W 18/19
As consumers seek greater versatility and wellbeing to slow the momentum of continually connected modern lifestyles, athleisure continues to build a defined presence on the high street. The need to switch off and unwind is seeing sportswear fabrics with enhanced comfort and performance capabilities filter into our everyday wardrobes.
ACTIVE CONCEPTS A/W 18/19 
As consumers seek to enhance their lives through enriched active experiences, inspiration this season comes from fitness becoming more widely regarded as a route to escape. Wellness hotels are becoming more popular, now with in-room fitness equipment, sleep programmes and dedicated concierge services to map out running routes for guests. Beyond these metropolitan retreats, military-style boot camps offer an opportunity to disconnect from the monotony of daily routine and reconnect with nature outdoors.
PERFORMANCE CONCEPTS A/W 18/19
After decades of catering to a core demographic of middle-aged outdoor sports veterans, outdoor brands have turned their attention towards the Millennial market. This is particularly evident as clothing, footwear and accessories from outdoors brands such as Poler Stuff and Patagonia make their way into everyday urban wardrobes. Collaborations between established outdoors companies and cool young brands such as Supreme and Kith are helping this market gain further momentum.
FORECAST S/S 2019 (Pic 7)
Spring / Summer 2019 will be a season of many contradictions. Emotions will clash and fight-or-flight instincts will kick in, but, building on our overriding themes for Autumn/Winter 2018, most of all the season will evoke the wholly human need to belong.

View2 #22

EDITOR’S VIEW || Out is the New In!
A bold statement you might think, but it’s not just about this British editor’s whim (BREXIT was absolutely not on my agenda!), or to seem ‘on trend’ in this slogan-driven world, in which we now find ourselves. There are many reasons behind our thinking this issue and all of them are interesting and important for the industry as a whole.
When we started planning out the issue, we put out feelers to our team and contacts (as we always do), to gauge what the general vibe is around the globe as well as to learn what new things are happening in terms of R&D and production. As we visited the fabric shows and spoke to people at the heart of the industry, or simply struck up conversations with Joe public on the streets, we just kept coming back to the same strong thread – ‘Out is the New In!”
This made us look at the way we present out city reports to you. No longer are they focused on the most inspirational street looks we come across and new shops that have opened up in the obvious fashion capital cities, instead we present the urban zeitgeist of interesting areas and neighbourhoods, where new creative hubs are emerging thanks to young inspiring folk opting out of the norm, or simply moving out to escape gentrification and rising prices.
We also introduce a brand new Athleisure Concepts section, where “out” refers quite literally to product channelled towards getting out and about and exercising – something with ever more relevance as the athleisure revolution continues to expand. And this expansion demands realistic product that answers our daily needs (not just for exercise, but to provide performance and comfort at any given moment, no matter what the activity of the wearer).
“Out” also applies to companies who may be looking to move out of a comfort zone to explore new product categories and work with new fabrics and technologies. For those, who may be looking to add athleisure product to their collection, it is vital to understand the properties of sportswear fabrics and technologies and so, with this in mind, we answer a few pertinent questions in our Science Behind Athleisure interview with leading sports technologist, Ross Weir. We have also added Fabric News into both our denim and sport sections to highlight some of the key innovations that are happening in fabric production and manufacturing right now. The pioneering developments that we see coming forward also show that manufacturers are having to think “out”side of the box in order to build more sustainable practices for the future.
In terms of the ‘concepts’ and ‘forecasts’ in this issue, you will see that the majority of them look to forms of getting “out” and escaping, whether that be to new nomadic paradises, as seen in our Footwear Concepts, or into virtual reality inspired gaming worlds, as highlighted in our Casual Forecast. Even when we take a nostalgic look backwards for inspiration, the recurring message is resolutely focused on drawing out the key historical essence, then rethinking and repurposing it for today.
When it came to the visual identity of this issue, it therefore seemed the perfect choice to approach someone to collaborate with us for our cover whose entire identity in the public realm has been built upon challenging the norm and not conforming. Laser 3.14 is a street poet with real integrity. His canvas is the city of Amsterdam, but he does not deface architecture, he writes inspiring, stop-you-in-the-street poetic prose on temporary hoardings, boarded up entryway woodwork and tarpaulins. Each statement evokes and potentially prevokes a reaction in the viewer. But these are temporary exhibition places rendering his statements transitory, meaning the messages he leaves are all based upon the moment.
When we met and discussed our concept, he immediately felt for it, because it is a statement that resonates right now, not just for him or for us, but globally. The result is a visually stunning and challenging piece of art. Our covers have always been graphic, but never dark – this is a dark one, but the underlying message is optimistic. Challenge! Explore! Create!
 
View2 #22 – Contents
 
SECTION 1: URBAN SPIRIT
What better way to get to grips with our magazine concept of “Out is the New In!” than to explore how this vibe is emerging in different places around the globe. So we introduce you to a brand new approach to our city street and retail reports that focuses on the people, places, cultural events and new talent not just in key fashion cities, but also in slightly off-the-beaten track towns and regions too.
 
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SECTION 2: DENIM
DENIM MOST WANTED
In our styling trends, we see a waistcoat revival, elegant overalls and modern trench coats. A subtle layering of assorted blues show individuals are not afraid to go all out for a total blue look, but patchwork is still sowing its way into many themes. When it comes to silhouettes, think big!
 
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FABRIC DIRECTION          
This season we find the attention focused on highly decorative and ornate surfaces. A late1980s/early 90s aesthetic is also apparent but, recycled and organic yarns, new-tech (high visual impact, low environmental impact) finishing techniques and, above all, upping the game in terms of overall eco and sustainable credentials is what it is really all about.
 
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SECTION 3: CASUAL
CONCEPTS
It is a season of reflection and escapism with an overriding thread of authenticity. The result is a very human eclecticism, where relaxed silhouettes lean towards genderless dressing, functionality is a focal point and colour is balanced and mixed in new ways that sit in harmony with this mind-set. Nothing shouts out, but, at the same time, it all feels new.
 
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FORECAST
Our forecast is based on virtual worlds. We try to find utopia within dystopia, by looking at the world with new eyes and striving to create a better future and keep a positive outlook. So, we have named our stories with the prefix ‘Re-’ (meaning ‘back’ or ‘again’) as a sense of rejection of the old, or the wrongs of the past, to push for regeneration.
 
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SECTION 4: SPORT
ATHLEISURE CONCEPTS
A new section to View2, our Athleisure Concepts focus on a life in transition. The world has never been so accessible, digitally and physically, and so we live in a state of constant motion – place to place, hot to cold, light to dark. The versatility of active silhouettes, textiles and details mean we can transition through multiple scenarios in a single outfit.
 
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THE SCIENCE BEHIND ATHLEISURE
Athleisure – a term not so long ago penned as a fad or a trend has now evolved into THE buzzword of the moment. With that in mind, we introduce you to Ross Weir, a sports technologist and delve deeper in to The Science Behind Athleisure.
 
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FABRIC NEWS & FABRIC DIRECTION
Our fabric section shines a spotlight on some of the latest innovations in fabrics, fibres and technologies for the activewear market. From new, hybrid solutions that partition fibres and jacquard structures into zones providing seamless garment functionality to strong, environmentally sustainable approaches to fabric production, there is a lot to get excited about.
 
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FORECAST
The power of the collective over the individual is brought to the fore once more, as sportswear sets aside the cult of the celebrity in favour of pragmatic product focus and a knowledge-driven core. Low on branding and devoid of slogans, but high on tactility and technologic advances.
 
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SECTION 5: FOOTWEAR & ACCESSORIES
FOOTWEAR CONCEPTS             
Everything is becoming fluid – from gender to borders, to jobs, time and even reality. This has everybody feeling restless and continuously on the lookout for new horizons as well as new roots. All our concepts deal with escapes to different forms of shelter and paradise, yet they all revolve around being always on the move.
 
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ACCESSORIES CONCEPTS        
Each story explores the relationship between digital and analogue design processes. As our lifestyles become increasingly multifaceted, a new utilitarian approach is applied to multi-functional accessories for the urban nomad. In stark contrast, we see the evolution of honest and authentic hand-crafted design.
 
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An interview with Mohsin Sajid and our usual round up of all the best new websites and apps.