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Wool Lab AW 15/16 themes to inspire Wool Week designers
Feb '15
Seven themes and inspirations showcased in the Wool Lab AW 15/16 are likely to influence the designers of the upcoming Wool Week Cape Town, due to take place at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront from April 7 to 12, 2015, The Woolmark Company said.

Informing about the infinite versatility of natural fibre Merino, the seasonal guide and trend book, Wool Lab AW 15/16 suggests bespoke menswear, made using 100 per cent extra-fine Merino and other exotic animal-derived fibres including silk, mohair and cashmere, will be one of the likeliest styles to dominate next season. The creations will feature renewed classic weaves and patterns including pin stripes, twill, Glen check and tweed.

The new styles of business travellers will be a balanced combination of elegance, practicality and technology. A mix of technology-enhanced traditional fabrics and yarns, the looks will comprise 100 per cent wool or wool blends with cotton or silk. Refined structures and patterns like Glen check, houndstooth and herringbone will feature on jackets.

The ultra-feminine Maille Chic theme is based on Parisian class and style. Highlighting shapes and yarns with vivid decorations and applications, the trend will see usage of 100 per cent wool or blends with silk, cashmere, mohair, alpaca or angora alongside fancy yarns like frisé and bouclé. The key looks will be crocheted and laced knitwear intertwined with Rome stitch or a classic Chanel-look knit.

Coats will make a comeback both in casual and formal styles with new interesting 1950’s inspired trends. Fibres like wool and blends with camel, mohair, cashmere, silk and alpaca will be infused with structures and patterns reflecting classic lines in twill, piquet, double weave, beaver, casentino, checks, drapé and ottoman in brushed and foulé treatments.

The fifth theme Katachi is inspired from the Japanese designers of 1980s who had helped in re-defining fashion with the use of rich and luxury fabrics and yarns in simplistic minimal designs and shapes. The pieces will see an abundance of blue, grey, black and white colours. Fabrics will be 100 per cent wool or blends with silk, mohair, metal, linen, and yarns like crepe, bouclè and mouliné, voile, gabardine, light and double gauze and leno weave will also be seen.

The British tribal subculture of the mid-60s Mod will again return to the fashion scene with an easy but refined new elegance. Enhanced with micro and macro patterns, jacquards, tartan, prints and regimental stripes, the materials to be used would be wool blended with cotton and mohair, fine bouclé or moulinè yarns and double jersey for knitwear.

The last theme to rule the next season is the atmosphere, life and landscape of Iceland. Based on glacial natural shades, clothes and fabrics will not only be warm and comfortable, but also technical and performing, to face the harshest climates. Materials will feature 100 per cent wool or blends with cotton, silk, mohair and angora. Evident diagonal, leno waves, viyella and twill for structures and patterns, along with handmade knitwear and fake fur as well as washed, brushed and bonded treatments will be big next season. (PB)

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