Always vigilant to what takes place in the fashion world, mannequins’ manufacturers embraced some of the hottest topics in the industry like the athleisure trend or the new gender-neutral dressing paradigm this season. The realistic capture of movement in a human-like way is one of the main concerns where sector companies are putting effort into, as well as extreme, unique differentiation through out-of-the-box customizable designs or non-figurative art gallery-like approaches.

MAN OR WOMAN? WHO CARES!
Last year, fashion was all about androgyny and gender ambiguity, a theme that was sparked by luxury fashion houses who wanted to loosen up the constraints between men’s and women’s dressing codes. In order to meet the trend, Italian manufacturer La Rosa has launched the R and Q collections, characterized by an abstract physicality.

R collection by La Rosa (Photo: Carolina Amoretti)
R collection by La Rosa (Photo: Carolina Amoretti)


AS BOLD AS IT GOES
From surreal, Daliesque characters up to unicorns or rhinoceroses. Get away from the classic figurative mannequin and you’ll probably reach a whole new attention level with your store windows. Individuality usually pays off for brands, and this is what Penther’s Custom Made Mnqs collection is all about. In tune with the needs of fashion brands to have a unique, differentiated voice in the market, Penther takes care of the development, production, logistics and, having its own workshop, also the maintenance of the mannequins.

Custom Made Mnqs by Penther
Custom Made Mnqs by Penther


OLD IS GOLD
Vintage-inspired figures preserve the charm of old fashion ateliers and represent a great match for retailers where craftsmanship and tradition are key differentiating factors. Genesis recently revamped its existing Heritage range by developing a new suede leather surface for the mannequins’ torsos, while arms and head are manufactured mostly in wood –customers can customize products according to their preferences.

Heritage range by Genesis Mannequins
Heritage range by Genesis Mannequins


DON'T STOP MOVING
These days, if you’re not a passionate fitness freak or wear ‘athleisure’ outfits all day long, you’re nobody. Indeed, the permanent need of movement and comfort has been the base for many clothing lines recently –just like Beyoncé’s new clothing brand Ivy Park. Thus, La Rosa re-edited its Ballerina collection, which is inspired by synchronized swimmers from the 1930s and available in trendy pastels. Barcelona-based company Atrezzo Mannequins also launched the Gym collection, made out of young feminine figures that presents up to eleven different sporty poses.

Gym collection by Atrezzo Mannequins
Gym collection by Atrezzo Mannequins

The Ballerina collection by La Rosa (Photo: Carolina Amoretti)
The Ballerina collection by La Rosa (Photo: Carolina Amoretti)


STREET VIBES
The youth and rebellious counterculture movements inherent to the (suburb) street remain a strong source of inspiration not only for fashion but also for mannequins.

Graffiti by Genesis Mannequins
Graffiti by Genesis Mannequins


HAUTE COUTURE
In harmonious coexistence with the street vibes, companies are also consciously targeting high-fashion designers and brands. In this chapter, it’s noteworthy to mention Hans Boodt’s newest Premium label, presented last week at Milan Design Week 2016. It encompasses delicate, feminine figures as sophisticated as the luxury clothes that you will put them on.

Premium label by Hans Boodt
Premium label by Hans Boodt


French manufacturer Window Mannequins is offering trendy pastel colors like turquoise and light pink within its Cameleon collection, which features removable eyes and lips in order to match perfectly with the mannequin’s outfit.

Cameleon collection by Window Mannequins
Cameleon collection by Window Mannequins

Cameleon collection by Window Mannequins
Cameleon collection by Window Mannequins


COPPER
As metallic fabrics are the latest obsession in fashion right now, copper is one the favorite materials to bring some sheen into mannequins. It is mostly featured as a detail –either in the figure’s torso or as a facet face shield.

Blend Facet collection by Hans Boodt
Blend Facet collection by Hans Boodt

October (male figure) and April (female) collections by Atrezzo Mannequins
October (male figure) and April (female) collections by Atrezzo Mannequins


IT'S A MAN'S WORLD
Menswear is the category that promises the biggest growth in the coming years, according to various market research companies and according to the moves of various retailers like Harvey Nichols, who recently revamped its menswear destination in London. In order to offer a better frame to target the new men’s sensibility when dressing, Genesis Mannequins came up with Icon, a collection of ten casual male figures that cater perfectly for the bold menswear proposals of today. Icon is available with four abstract to semi-abstract heads and is easily adaptable to the customer’s corporate identity by customizable colors and surfaces.

Icon series by Genesis Mannequins
Icon series by Genesis Mannequins