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Intertextile unveils new Spring/Summer 2021 apparel trends

Jan '20
Pic: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics/NellyRodi™ Agency
Pic: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics/NellyRodi™ Agency
The Intertextile Directions Trend Committee has set the theme of Regeneration for Spring/Summer 2021 apparel fabric trends. As global climate activism looks to regenerate the fashion industry and demand rises for high tech features and cultural craftsmanship, four key trends will represent the theme; Sobriety, Preservations, Spontaneity and Diversity.

On-trend fabric samples from exhibitors will be displayed onsite at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – spring edition 2020, from March 11-13, 2020.

The Intertextile Directions Trend Forum is a key stop for major trade buyers at the fair, creating a valuable opportunity for exhibitors to submit fabric samples for display and attract more buyers to their booths. The trends are decided by a committee of top forecasters from around the world: NellyRodi Agency (France), Elementi Moda (Italy), Sachiko Inoue (Japan) and Doneger Creative Services (USA). NellyRodi Agency also offer their creative expertise in the design of the Trend Guide. This edition’s Trend Forum designer (I.S. Planning, Japan) will conduct tours on days one and two of the fair, while design and trend seminars will also take place as part of the fringe programme, according to a press release on the show.

Sobriety consists of sheer and natural tones which reveal a raw and poetic humanity. Well-known classics and crafted heritage are reinterpreted in a way that will last and be better for the natural world. New colours and fabrications are to be developed using modern technology. Colours are fresh which include luminescent whites, nudes and pastels. Silver yarns can be added. Fabrics are lightweight, gentle to the touch and iridescent (jacquard on transparent backgrounds, burn out effects) or sheer (tulle, lace, mesh).

Preservations consists of urban farmers and gardeners reinvent tomorrow’s world. A return to natural fibres is the core as consumers opt to buy less yet buy better. It comprises of simple workwear, and durable innovative essentials. Colours are natural neutrals – khakis and greens complemented by warm browns and sunlight yellows. Fabrics are well worn, simple workwear fabrics, such as compact basic cottons, linens, denim. Technical fabrics include recycled, waterproof, and breathable fabrics.

Spontaneity is a cheerful, joyous way of rediscovering adolescence for a more light-hearted attitude to everyday life. Revisiting the vintage allure of the 70s. Colours are sunny, cheerful and retro, mixing primary colours with nostalgic neutrals. Fabrics mix artificial and natural: cotton, triacetate, linen, piqués, and twills. Retro prints include 70s floral styles, picnic plaids, and nautical stripes.

Diversity includes precious craft and heritage and influences that honour the bold and the resourceful, teams and neo artisans. Colours are bright and mix deep pigments – reds and indigo, accented with metallic or neon yarns. Fabrics are rough and rustic – cotton, cupro, linen, paper, as well as summer blends of worsted with silk and handmade recycled polyester knits. Prints include craft-heritage looks – ikats, batiks, shibori.

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