Starting from Spring/Summer 2018, Kingpins Show will launch a new denim trend initiative to showcase its exhibitors' denim fabrics at its shows in New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. The concept combines a comprehensive seasonal denim forecast of fabrics, fits and finished alongside a curated garment installation that illustrates the season's forecast trends.
Kingpins has partnered with Amy Leverton, renowned denim consultant and trend expert, to start this new denim forecasting and analysis project. Leverton, a longtime friend and collaborator of Kingpins Show, will develop and present the trends at all of Kingpins S/S 2018 shows, as well as curate the garment installations at each show.
“Our opinion has always been that denim trends begin and end with fabric. Mills are the engine of innovation and inspiration in our industry,” said Andrew Olah, founder, Kingpins Show. “For many seasons we have fielded requests from attendees for more trend-related information from a Kingpins perspective. At the same time, our amazing mills are hungry to showcase their offerings in a way that is new, that is native to the Kingpins ethos and that allows them to participate in the trend conversation more immediately. By working with Amy and creating what is essentially a denim trend forecast and a corresponding inspirational installation, we are connecting all the dots.”
Leverton will present the denim trend forecast daily at the Kingpins Shows. Kingpins’ guests are welcome to attend the trend presentations and visit the garment installations to see how Kingpins mills brought the trends to life.
"I've been so inspired over the past six years working alongside the fantastic team at Kingpins and I've often considered the potential in uniting their community of mills, finishers and wash houses to create something unique,” said Leverton. “My aim is to unite the community and create the ultimate capsule collection that will inspire us all to start the S/S18 season with a bang.”
In order to create the design of the physical denim trend installation, Kingpins Show will work with Wink, the Amsterdam-based architects of Kingpins Amsterdam and Why by Kingpins shows. Their aim is to create a minimal though carefully curated installation that allows viewers to see details of fabric, garments and learn about trends. Moving beyond images on a screen, the installation's aim is to make Kingpins guests feel part of an immersive experience of the seasonal trends