Thursday, March 14, 2013

Textile View’s 25th Anniversary Issue (#101)

The Last 25 Years of Fibers and Fabric

                In the past 25 years since Textile View’s inception, there has been a tremendous evolution and change in the manufacture, production and design in the fabric and fiber industries.  In Textile View’s first five years of publication, their rise in popularity was due to designers and buyers wanting access to fabric information and trends, thus, making Textile View the favorite magazine of fashion professionals.


                 The fashion forecasting  and technological advancement in fabrics and fibers directly impacted the textile industry. The last 25 years of textile production has seen the trend to further develop the usage of sustainable resources as a big influence on design, manufacture and production changing which companies began to dominate the trade based on their ability to be leaders of innovation while embracing the sustainability trend.

              The current fashion industry is always looking to the issue of sustainability and this most especially has influenced the direction of many fiber and fabric companies revolutionizing the market.  Today, some of the most popular fiber and textile companies are focused around this issue.  New ways of processing materials and the recent ability to produce fibers with favorable properties have been discovered through the lens of sustainability.

               We know that the science of textiles and the production of synthetic materials offering innovative properties will continue.  However, while producing such synthetic textiles and fabrics, companies simply choose to simply ignore the fact that they are using up non- renewable resources.  Of course if there were more known renewable resources in existence readily available that could produce quality fabrics, companies would seize upon the opportunity to utilize them.  There is no doubt that synthetic materials have had an enormous impact on fashion, notably in the sports and active wear industries and have set the trend in these markets.

                The future of fashion and its need for more sustainable materials is held in the hands of new technologies. We know that there continues to be a need for the sustainability of textiles in the market to evolve and that there is always room for improvement. It will be exciting to see where things go next and what fabrics and fibers will be available in the years to come.

               For more information on the last 25 year’s history of fibers and fabric, and to read more about the publication history of TextileView Magazine, pick up your copy of issue #101 today.

Current Textile View: View #101

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

View Issue 101: 25 Years of Textile View Magazine

Textile View Casualwear summer 2014

               As time progresses and the world changes, fashion follows.  Just how carrying out of world events leads to changes in attitude and spirit, it also leads to changing what we wear.  For summer 2014, there are four major trends in casualwear that we see approaching both mens and womenswear.  All four trends are inspired by exploration and observation through travelling.  

Fabrics for "Futurists"
           The first trend forecasted by Textile View #101 for summer 2014 is called “Futurists”.  This trend is inspired by the advanced technology that is growing at an exponential rate all around the world.  Under this trend we observe science, specifically the study of cell life and photographic prints turned into holograms.  The colors observed in this trend are dissected and altered with light to create space- inspired images and new digital geometric patterns.  Clothing becomes technical by inserting LCD screens, radio frequency IDs, and cameras into the metallic and film coated garments.  This is all made possible by the imprinting of photovoltaic cells that creates energy to power the textile’s technology. 

Mood inspirations for "Nomadic"
            A second trend forecasted for summer 2014 is called “Nomadic”.  This trend originates from travelling to the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East and noticing all of the different colors that can be noticed throughout a day.  Colors are taken from the numerous cliffs, canyons, mountains, ravines, ancient cities, and piles of sand that are built into the landscape.  Silhouettes are inspired by the tribes that inhabit these deserts, the Bedouin and the Tuareg.  Wraps and draped fabrics used by these tribes for comfort and protection from the wide range of temperatures and climates are modernized by creating flowing, consistent layers with little pattern and no embellishments.  But the garments are colorful from head to toe, utilizing block colors, tonal combinations, or ombre print effects.

Hindu God, Shiva, inspiration for "Spirited"

            “Spirited” is the third trend taken from Asian explorations, taking the observed spiritual enlightenment and the celebration of life of Buddhist and Hindu cultures and translating it into modern day looks.  Bright colors of this trend are taken from the religious sights of Buddhists and Hindus marked by vibrant statues and flowers thrown upon alters as offerings to the gods.  This trend translated into modern fashion gives a strong streetwear vibe.  “Mix colors, embroideries, patterns and prints in unexpected combination that are as unique and surprising as the rituals and temple decoration that inspire them.”

Color and Mood Inspiration for "Vacating"

            The final trend forecasted by Textile View #101 for summer 2014 is titled “Vacating”.  This trend is inspired by cross- country travel from America’s east coast to west coast, passing through sun bleached landscapes of natural pastel and neutral colors.  As the summer gets hotter, colors lose their brilliance and hue.  These pastels can be worn all together in one outfit, or paired with neutrals in a reinvented color blocking manner.  Patterns used are postcard prints, checks, and vintage florals, taking inspiration from the dated hippie, retro culture of the 60’s and 70’s.  We modernize this look through utilizing today’s silhouettes and the modern youth’s new go- getter attitude. 

TextileView Magazine #101 delivers a cohesive Womens as well as menswear trend forecast for Summer 2014.

By Textile View #101