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Fabric Trend - Surface Seduction - AW18/19

Fabric Trend - Surface Seduction - AW18/19

Every week in our trend newsletter we share a fabric direction with our subscribers and quite often these directions join together to form a bigger trend story. Today we would like to share an example of this through a fabric trend called Surface Seduction.

We first spotted this trend and reported on it in our coverage of New York Fashion Week here.

Below we highlight a total of 3 fabric directions that show off the trend Surface Seduction which is essentially mixing different levels of tactility and shine.

Tactility and shine takes on a whole new meaning when sharply contrasted, think about the impact a dead dry, matt fabric would have when paired with a wet touch vinyl, or a floury cupro mixed back with a slippery satin.

You can have fun designing into this fabric trend, lets take a look at the three fabric directions that make up this story...

1// Protection

 Images: Judy Jackson | Maison Martin Margiela

Images: Judy Jackson | Maison Martin Margiela

Spongy double faced constructions are perfect for playing with proportions whilst surfaces are dead matte for a plaster like finish. 

2 // Surface Seduction

 Images: Sies Marjan Fall 2017 | Agnes Lloyd-Platt

Images: Sies Marjan Fall 2017 | Agnes Lloyd-Platt

Contrasting surface shine is exemplified by tonal pastels and gives fabric seductive appeal. Images: Sies Marjan Fall 2017 | Agnes Lloyd-Platt

3 // Plastic People

 Images: Institute Magazine | Latex Supplies

Images: Institute Magazine | Latex Supplies

The liquid look evolves from beauty into fashion for AW18/19, with shiny flexible vinyls, lacquered leathers and coated surfaces. The more transparent the better. 

4 // Buttercream

Summary

  • Mix opposite fabric textures like dry, floury and plaster like with cool, glossy and slippery to highlight tactility contrast and provoke curiosity to touch.
  • Mix dead matte fabrics with lustrous sheen and/or glossy coatings to create depth in garments and collections.
  • Use tonal shades of the same colour to put the emphasis on the fabric tactility and shine.

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