“Haute Sporture”, a sporty-meet-luxury mood, characterised the offer of spring/summer 2015 fabrics and accessories, presented at the recent edition of Munich Fabric Start held between 4 - 6 February 2014 in MOC Zentrum, Munich. The halls of the show were busy with visitors and the overall attitude experienced by both exhibitors and visitors was intensely involved and industrious.

The Bluezone Area was quiet on the first day and grew lively by the second, although visitors were regularly busy placing orders. The Munich Fabric Night After Show was a success and was held for the first time at the end of the first day inside Kessel House, a cool nearby location.

A sporty and energetic vibe characterised most of the collections on show. Among accessory manufacturers great attention was given to bright colours as presented by Nastrificio Victor, who focused on brilliant yellow and orange ropes and ribbons as well as a series of new greenish-turquoise series of trimmings. Union Knopf launched its second collection of buttons and accessories designed for jeanswear and casualwear. Light blue lacquered metallic elements, aged metals and alternative shaped studs and rivets were on show. Accessory manufacturer Piovese – in addition to their long expertise in producing labels, hangtags, small leather accessories and gadgets, has grown to also produce leather bags characterised by careful made in Italy craftsmanship.

Denim manufacturers focused on a series of new alternative weaves and surface treatments. Berto presented a series of new micro-design weaves borrowed from the world of silk fabrics for ties, resulting in sophisticated indigo-white fabrics available in weights from 3.8 to 9 ounces – perfect for chic shirts and trousers. Also new were a series of blue and white flower prints applied to denims, as well as sand coloured denims carrying tone-on-tone delicate flower patterns. Isko presented a new evolution of their Scratch ‘N’ Jeans three-dimensional denims inspired by hand-crafted and carefully mended vintage jeans. Tejidos Royo showed Marvel, a leather-look denim, and its new Zink finish, which is characterised by a metallic effect. Also M&J, specialist garment manufacturer from Bangladesh debuted at the show, launched a series of new developments that employ a metallic-effect finish. It also applied a special eco-friendly technique that recreates surface effects similar to acid-wash, which uses a small amount of energy and water and doesn’t use any chemicals during the washing phase. Orta Anadolu presented a series of thermo-regulating denims. Olimpias applied special laser techniques onto their materials in order to create bobbin lace effects, and Calik has started developing a series of coloured denims for men, available in different hues such as brown, grey and green.

A series of booths and interesting side events completed the show. Among them were trend lectures, conferences and specialised media, which gave life to the show. Among them Sportswear International Magazine presented a new booth displaying a wide range of its specialist denim and jeanswear publications that have been read worldwide since 1975.