The latest edition of Première Vision New York, which ran last week at Pier 94, gave visitors a glimpse at major textile trends for spring/summer 2018 and the “full package” offerings – from color matching and printing to buttons, zippers and other accessories – that many suppliers can provide.
As Guglielmo Olearo, the show’s international exhibitions director, explained to Sportswear International: “The idea is to come in with sketches and come out with a collection.”
The show featured 287 exhibitors from across the globe and was again divided into the following sections: Leather, Accessories, Manufacturing, Fabrics and Designs. While denim was virtually nonexistent at the show (silks and prints dominated yet again), Italian company Pontex of Modena did exhibit its selection of indigo yarn-dyes, cotton/elastic printed denim and denim jacquards.
Also of interest to sportswear brands is the new Color Atlas system by Archroma, which made its debut at PV NY. Featuring 4,323 different colors, it comes in six volumes with color swatches that have encoded digital color-matching data. The offering can also match colors after scanning a photo. As Archroma’s global director Chris Hipps showed, it was able to “read” all the different yellows, greens in a close-up photo of yellow tulips and even pulled up a red that matched a tiny scarlet stripe in one of the flower’s petals.
PV’s Trend Area at the front of the show returned and showcased the season’s key looks which included military-inspired zippers, buttons and patches in the “Redefined Squadron” accessories display and a “Champagne Rose” one with pink and gold ones. Also spotlighted were industrial metallics, pared-down and simple hangtags and labels, and tribal-inspired hardware.
Fabric-wise, key trends included “Just Powdered” (dusty tones), “Fragile Erosion” (slight cutouts), “Paper Touch” (crepes), “Midwater Flora” (aqua-colored botanicals and florals), “Super Power” (superhero-inspired patterns and colors) and “Sunny Cocktail” (1970s-inspired orange and pink prints and stripes), among many others.
Olearo said he also spied a continuing trend toward softness and ease: “Products are stressing comfort and athleisure in everyday life. They are extremely soft. It’s like life is hard so let’s be free in what we wear.”
The separate Color Card area showed a combination of natural earthlike tones and neutrals such as taupe with bold brights including Acid Green, Salmon Pink and Offshore Orange. Apparently, palettes for spring 2018 will be a study in contrasts….