5 Trend Highlights from Interfiliere/Mode City - July 2017 Tradeshow
At Tactile Trends we believe the most inspiring thing about tradeshows are the face to face conversations you have. Today so much business is conducted via email and Skype its nice to be reminded what your favourite brands, suppliers and colleagues look like in real life!
So, after a busy weekend in Paris catching up with old friends and colleagues and meeting new ones we are now sharing our top 5 highlights from Interfiliere and Mode City.
1 // The Selection Space - 4 Trends
Have you ever entered a retail space and felt immediately engaged? Maybe its the way products are displayed or the colour use, maybe its the range of products or the fabrics?
For us at Tactile Trends entering The Selection space delivered all the above, proving the power of retail storytelling lies in the harmony of colour, fabric, fixtures and great curation of product.
Thanks to the artistic direction of Vanessa Causse, (designer and collaborator with Trend Union) we were introduced to 4 trends for Spring/Summer 2018 to awaken our creativity. Lets take a look...
Be Creative - Artistic details
The art of corsetry wanders off the beaten path to construct surprising pieces, where volume signals modern styles.
Be Luminous - Luminous & Metallic Details
Collections are illuminated with metallics, rhinestones and shine to catch the eye but also to celebrate life. Object design leads the way with copper, golden and pewter tones for our interiors and everyday objects. This is a breath of fresh air, with common values of celebration and elevation, making for iconic collections.
Be One - Collected, Gathered Details
Women are huntresses, unearthing bespoke products. The exceptional is key in these avant-grade collections. Break all the rules, listening only to feminine creativity.
Be Design - Minimal Details
Lightness, softness and linear aspects remain crucial, with design-inspired beachwear and lingerie that highlight the feminine form and reinvent comfort, using symmetrical and asymmetrical cutouts. The use of neutral tones balanced with pastels shows the evolution of the rules of casual in an increasingly sophisticated direction.
There were many things about The Selection space that felt fresh and we believe it all boils down to one thing; details. Modern looking mannequins, complementary lighting, the fusion of accessories, lifestyle, swimwear and lingerie pieces and last but not least the graphics. They are fused together to offer an engaging and aesthetically pleasing experience.
2 // Innovation Forum - 3D Printing
3D printing was our focus at the Innovation forum were we had the pleasure of meeting Lidewij van Twillert of the Dutch brand Mesh Lingerie to learn about their 3D printed bespoke lingerie pieces, which are modeled on customers 3D bodyscans. The most striking thing to us at Tactile Trends was how seamlessly Mesh Lingerie had integrated this technology in place of traditional underwires. A step forward for 3D printing in body fashion.
3 // Conference - Eco-Friendly Fibre in Support of Innovation
This was the question posed to a panel representing some of the most progressive companies in our textile and garment industry. We heard points of view on how we can be smart and sustainable from Lenzing, Asahi Kasei, Iluna Group, Wolford, Anita and Maglifico RIPA facilitated by Dominique Demoinet and concluded by C.L.A.S.S.
Our main take away from the discussion is that we have to embrace an inclusive communication model where we pull together as an industry to promote circular design and educate the next generation of designers that will most certainly have to work in this way.
4 // Exposed
Tactile Trends first covered the Exposed space here after the January session of Interfiliere/Mode City where we discovered the work of Lickstarter, Hoffalt and Seem Soap to name a few. Nothing has changed this session, it is still a highly curated and inspirational space that facilitates interaction with independent brands. Among our favourite stands were Tailor Books, Albertine, Petit Trou and Opaak
5 // Momenti Di Passione Fashion Show
Over at the Trend Forum this year we were treated to a show of the most innovative and creative sport and leisurewear prototypes from 19 fabric and trim exhibitors. The show was narrated by Jos Berry from Concepts Paris and had the kind of intimate setting that really allowed you to see the garments and character of the models as they danced round the forum. A fun and refreshing alternative to the staged feeling of runway show.
Perhaps the most recurrent thing we heard throughout this July 2017 session was the need to look ahead together, to innovate, share and most importantly to educate, not only for the future of good design but for the sustainability of it.
If you are interested in learning more about the show including the fabric forums we will be compiling an in depth report which covers our most important themes for Spring/Summer 2019. Please contact us here to pre-order your copy or sign up to our free weekly newsletter here to stay in the loop.