New York designers and creatives got a chance to see and buy the fabrics they will be employing for their fall/winter 2017-18 collections at the latest edition of Premiere Vision New York, which concluded another successful two-day edition in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Held again at Pier 94, the small French transplant textile show featured international exhibitors whose specialties were in the following categories: Fabrics, Manufacturing, Leather, Accessories, Designs and Services. All of exhibitors were small companies – there was not a major mill on hand anywhere – and many were from overseas, such as France Tanneries in the Leather section, whose rep Corine Toviekou said this leather supplier to luxury brands was there to drum up business in the United States.
There was also a delegation of first-time Mauritius-based suppliers in the Manufacturing section.
Aside from its wide-ranging exhibitor list of potential names to know, the show was most notable for its onsite displays. One showed the work of designer Wataru Tominaga, who recently won the Grand Prize at the PV-sponsored Hyeres Festival. Another, at the front and center of the fair, gave examples of key textile trends for the fall/winter 2017-18 season. These include such themes as Big is Beautiful (large graphic prints), Warm Metal, Neo Skins (new takes on animal-based pelts), Home Sweat Home (terry clothes, etc.), Muscular (heavyweight fabrics), Magnified Vegetal (large floral and leaf prints), Over The Top (furry and ruglike hands) and Over Pulpy (heavy quilted fabrics and fleeces).
Fabric-accessories-wise, expect to see zippers, buttons, et al that have sportswear roots, are in deep emerald green or darkened metallic or are in a rainbow of multi-colors in 2017.
PV New York also held 11 onsite seminars during its run. These included ones based on hot new colors by PV’s own Sabine Le Chatelier and one on kids’ fashion trends by sector expert Janet Jacobs.