Textile View #118 Connection

New Morality
There are three big problems facing the world: the rise in anti-globalisation sentiment; the growth of popular nationalism; and the unstoppable loss of blue-collar jobs. These are creating a polarised society riddled with contradictions. There seems to be no middle ground, only conflicting opinions, studies, and data about all the big issues surrounding us. Our general insecurity has only been exacerbated by the unexpected, from Brexit and the election of President Donald Trump to the emergence of ‘post-truth’ society. We live in fear of what might come next.
It’s hardly surprising that in this divided and divisive world, more and more people think it’s time to speak out and pin their colours to the mast, on issues concerning gender, women’s equality, immigration, privacy and even democracy itself. And brands are following suit as they understand that basic CRS policies are no longer enough: they need to be seen to be socially and politically engaged on a genuinely effective level.
Corporate altruism is becoming more common, as car companies create and promote green initiatives, or beauty brands promote a “natural look”. There have been many notable initiatives: Nike moving its marketing money away from huge-name celebrities into community training initiatives and races; L’Oréal announcing in March it would support the C40 Women4Climate initiative, mentoring 500 women in 10 cities who are working towards possible solutions for climate change. So how’s morality going.
The question is how this ‘new morality’ will show itself in our textile and fashion business?
City view: Seoul & Reykjavik
Beyond the rapid influx of headlining international flagships launching in Seoul, there’s a thriving home grown fashion scene to be witnessed both on and off the Korean catwalks. In bold contrast to the hyper-paced development of Seoul’s sprawling metropolis, Reykjavik offers something of a sedative by comparison.
WW Haute Couture: the new face of couture 

After a distinct spell in the doldrums, the tide has finally turned and the rarified world of haute couture is once more lighting up fashion’s starry firmament.

Season in review: Autumn/Winter 17/18

Menswear designer messages

The winter menswear shows express two divergent sides of masculinity: one that is concerned with simple anti-fashion realness’ while the other indulges itself in maximalist texture and a costume like flourish.

Menswear fabric orientations 
The money is on a true casual look with its feet in authentic craft, animated with texture and laundered finishes, or a classic redux where traditional sets come in lighter, finer counts.

Forward view: Autumn/Winter 18/19

Womenswear fabric and colour forecast
Self-expression, like an artist’s composition, can take many different forms. A/W 18/19 will offer a range of highly creative and innovative textiles for designers to create their canvases. This will include textured qualities in either a sombre colour palette of charcoal on ecru or in painterly blocks of rich colours.
Menswear colours, styling and fabrics

This season, the focus is on comfort as the overriding theme as relaxed fits, added stretch and softened, supple fabric handles all come into play.

Womenswear knitwear colours, yarns and styling 248
Women’s knitwear goes in search of balance realised either in something natural and honest with a deep commitment to the origin and sustainability of the product or alternatively in the precise selection of colour and proportion.
Design and lifestyle fashion meets furniture for 2018
At the last Salone del Mobile in Milan some of the most relevant design concepts on show were modular, recycled, recyclable, transportable and, with aesthetic concerns only a part of the input algorithm, visually innovative and in some cases intangible or even virtual.