Three trends were among the strongest for the autumn/winter 2015/16 season to be spotted at international fabrics fair Première Vision that closed its doors yesterday after its three day's duration (16-18 Sep):

1. Hybrids. Opposites attract in fabrics and producers offer well-made new combinations. Think bonded materials for example such as technical mesh with cotton, wool with jersey or even nylon with jersey. These allow new visual and haptic looks such as raincoats with a nylon outer and a jersey inner side. No lining in the true sense is needed and automatically puts more attention to both sides of the garment.


Hybrid: fabric with a wool and a jersey side by Bel & Co.
Hybrid: fabric with a wool and a jersey side by Bel & Co.
2. Technicals. New treatments and fabrics mixes create surprising results such as a so called tech cashmere offered by Italian manufacturer Beste. Made of 100% cotton the fabrics feels and appears such as a true cashmere.

Neoprenes and performance fabrics such as mesh that could hardly be found at PV a couple of years ago now play a much more important role and cater the strong trend in fashion sportswear collections with an activewear appeal.

3. Prints. They still dominated many booths. For the autumn/winter of course colors tend to be calmer, still the variety of patterns was enormous and reached from abstract graphics to animal prints, naturalistic motives or even scribbled drawings. Rather new in this context were prints on wool fabrics.

Prints in all variations remained a strong trend at Première Vision
Prints in all variations remained a strong trend at Première Vision
Customers were also looking for jerseys/knits which arise as a competition especially in the denim market. "We realized this development and work on a concept to react in an adequate way", says Chantal Malingrey, director of Denim by Première Vision and also responsible for the Wash & Dye area at Premiere Vision. 

Apart from trends the mood was not the best amongst several exhibitors: As in the fashion industry in general also the fabrics and accessories producers fight with rather difficult conditions as an Italian silk manufacturer stated: "There is much more discussion about the prices. It becomes more and more difficult to offer something special and well researched as the customers might not want to pay for it. But still you need to distinguish from your competitors. Then, in high end fashion you cannot reach volumes whereas in the mass market you have no chance to beat the prices."