What do the new trends for the 2012/13 season look like? Which colours, which fabrics, which processings of particular relevance?

Take a first look at the four trend topics: Color Riot, Dark Lux, Craft Industry and Split Clarity,

Color Riot - Color in Revolt:

In 'Color Riot', dynamic, thrumming shades of color appear in a new context - fresh, bold and vivid. And there are no limits on the interaction with light. High-gloss materials, colored laminations, superimpose'd, fluid and flexible fabrics underscore the brilliance of monochrome colors. New are, for example, 'optical fibers, iridescent effects and recycled materials.

Decisive for the effect are the quality, wear resistance and longevity of the high-grade materials. When it comes to patterns, the trend experts expect, for example, broad stripes, all-over geometric patterns and graphic motifs. The computer world is- represented by digital designs, photographic prints and hologram effects. Despite the playful urge to experiment, the unexpected looks appear clear and unequivocal.

Dark Lux The beauty of the night:

The shadows of the night create a dark, mystical and elegant color series dominated by deep black, which is particularly expressive on lustrous materials. Rounding off the color world are dark, colored accents - pepped up by metallic champagne and gold. Rubberized, liquid looks and glossy surfaces interact with furs and long-haired, smooth


hides. Clarity and severity give the sumptuous textiles their modern appearance. Iridescent, shimmering and transparent qualities with animated surface modulation generate an air of mystery. Deep gloss, metallic shimmers, sequins and elaborate materials are to be found in almost all segments.

Craft Industry A blend of tradition, handicrafts and the modern:

The combination of tradition and handicrafts on the one hand and industrial and mechanical methods on the other dominate the look of 'Craft Industry'. A sunny-warm and lively color series is oriented towards natural landscapes with sky, mountains, lakes and forests, which contrast with industrial, metallic coal, copper and old-gold tones.


'Craft Industry' shows lively surfaces with irregular textures and lots of structured elements. Important are qualities with an authentic image and materials with vintage character, as well as restrained destroyed and used looks. Fine patterns are created using creative techniques. The dominant elements include composite or offset checks, extraordinary patchwork designs, broken patterns, stripes and checks with partial pile effects, hand-sewn looks, intarsia and elaborately processed patches.

Split Clarity The bare essentials:

Less is more - 'Split Clarity' concentrates on simple, functional and essential elements. In other words, the focus is on sustainability, quality, high technology and new materials. The result is clear-cut, modern aesthetics. Clarity is reflected by a series of colors inspired by nature.

The minimalistic and restrained compositions are generally interrupted by a single expressive shade. Material versatility is crucial. Metallic and reflecting surfaces, semi-plain patterns and transparent materials are used, as are animated but restrained surfaces. Linear, high-contrast and severe graphic designs set unequivocal accents. Depth is created by the interaction of light and shadow in different materials and surfaces.

Originally Published in 'The Stitch Times', February, 2012.