FUNCTIONAL FABRIC TRENDS for Activewear A/W 2020/21, Performance Days Munich November 2018
“Water” is the main topic of this fair. The focus of the textile industry is on finding new ways to save and protect our water. For example, this can be achieved by new dyeing processes and by selecting the right natural fibres. Sustainibility is still a big part of the fair and represented by a separate forum.
TRENDS of the fabrics A/W 20/21:
- natural vs high-tec look
1. Metallic surfaces
Seen as embossed highdensity & lightweight fabric or as backing for 2.5 & 3-Layers.
2.Glitter & Shine
Inspired by fashion there are many velvets and shiny fabrics: technical velvet for functional jackets as you can see in the current collection of Stone Island or high elastic velvet and shiny lycra for fitness apparel. Completed by glittering tapes, zippers and other accessories.
This trend creates a futuristic appeal and comes as printed pattern, zipper or as reflecting print or as bonded tape.
Most of the prints were abstract and inspired by nature or digital graphics.
Many fabrics impress with subtle prints or structures as honeycombs, jaquards or technical patterns. The new softshells show a variety from natural double knits with merino backings to quilted or spacer constructions.
Sherpa fleece, the rough softshells and jerseys with merino create a cosy and rustic look.
All photos by Christine Sweers.
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