Munich Fabric Start, the specialized fabric trade show that kicked off in Munich on 2 February and closed its doors on 4 February 2015, registered a stable attendance of visitors (20,000 people), with +3% more international visitors. The show saw an increased presence of visitors especially from France, Turkey, Belgium and Scandinavia, in addition to other countries.

The show started slowly on the first day due on the weather problems such as abundant snowfalls that delayed many visitors’ arrivals, and because Milano Unica had asked MFS organization if they could anticipate opening their show one day earlier in order avoid a too long overlaps with their show, which started on 4 February.

"Opening a tradefair at 9am on a Monday morning is definitely not a 'pole position',” commented Wolfgang Klinder, CEO, Munic Fabric Start. “We were quite nervous initially whether this would work. And we were all happy to see how well the tradefair developed over its 3-day duration.”

Despite the slow start, the atmosphere at the denim focused Pavilion Bluezone was more positive and busy during the second day. Bluezone also registered more international visits including buyers from Italy, Russia, Serbia and Israel.

In terms of most significant denim trends and novelties, much attention was drawn to stretch denim, colored and printed fabrics and eco-friendly materials – reflecting the preferences of the German market.

Among novelties M & J, Bangladesh garment manufacturer presented a new 3D treated denim that doesn't employ permanganate, a highly toxic substance that will be soon banned internationally. Vicunha, returning to the show after long absence, announced that its production has switched over to BCI cotton. In addition they got the control union certified cotton recycling recognition.

ITV presented a series of innovative flock printed and high-definition denims, also employed by students of the Fashion Ground Academy school of Verona, who designed special denim outfits inspired by the Venetian carnival of the 1700s, worn during the show.

Calik launched a series of highly functional stretch denims for women and men with high-recovery properties such as body-hugging or sateen-feeling for women, and featuring a more masculine attitude for men.

Isko recognized how the market response is unpredictable. In fact, some highly functional stretch fabrics devised for the womens market are successful amongst men. What counts is that – in addition to their great functionality - the look is clean.

Berto focused on different new materials including a series of micro-design jacquards. They will soon present a whole new range of made in Italy denims - handwoven fabrics like cashmere and fine wool mixed with high-quality cotton.