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A Look At Fall '14

Major European events previewed new fabrics in New York City.

Virginia S. Borland, New York Correspondent

New looks for Fall 2014 are developed from old archives. Fabrics can be double-faced, ultralight, soft and brushed; resist the elements; and are sustainable. There are knits that look and feel like wovens, and wovens that resemble knits. Lacquered, waxed, bubbled, tweed, flocked or perforated surfaces are selling. And denim - or the look of denim - is everywhere.

Creativity and imagination starred at Première Vision New York. At Texworld USA, knitted fabrics designed and made in America were selling. Denim specialist Kingpins showed fabrics, fibers and findings.

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Première Vision New York
At Première Vision New York, suiting fabrics were lightweight and had a casual look. Robert Noble, United Kingdom, was inspired by its archives from the 1850s. Recolored Shetland wool tweeds are hairy, light and available in coordinating patterns. There are tartans; gun club, glen and windowpane checks; and solids.

Picchi S.p.A., Italy, is selling bright-colored, textured woolen fabrics. Bouclés, heathers, thick twills, felted fabrics and flannels coordinate with enormous yarn-dyed plaids, box textures, camouflage prints, flocked patterns and perforations. Pink, yellow and hot blue are favorite colors.

BTD, Turkey, has polyester/viscose blends that look and feel like wool. Some have a stretch yarn. There are novelty weaves and new finishes for an antique, brushed, waxed or tie-dye look and touch. One best seller is soft-touch denim in a blend of cotton, polyester, viscose and elastane.

Velcorex since 1828, France, has corduroy that looks like denim. Ultra-lightweight, narrow-waled, printed, jacquard-patterned, embossed, coated and overdyed - a lot is happening with corduroy and velvet.

Italy-based Profilo S.n.c.'s denim is woven of cotton/viscose. There are jacquard patterns, shine, camouflage looks, velours and leather looks. Some are spotted, coated, or appliquéd with metallic dots.

Alcantara, Italy, sells a sustainable line to Armani, Fendi and Ferragamo. Its core business is automotive fabrics. Washed polyester/polyurethane suedes are printed, embossed, embroidered, quilted, laser-engraved or pleated.

Knitted outerwear fabrics at A-girl's Co. Ltd., Japan, look and feel like wovens. There are reversible wool/cotton/nylon knits for peacoats, flat stretch cotton/polyester terry, lightweight wool pile, and TENCEL®/cashmere/polyester tweed or herringbone digital prints for dresses.

Jacquard knits at Bel Maille, France, look and feel like neoprene. Other fabrics include engineered stripes and printed knits for lingerie. New yarn mixes include silk/cotton/viscose or wool/cashmere/nylon blends.

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Miroglio Textile showed huge allover patterned fabrics at Première Vision New York.

High performance is the specialty at Frizza S.p.A. and Olmetex S.p.A., two Italian firms that sell outerwear fabrics. Double-faced, bonded and resistant to the elements are givens. At Frizza, there are shiny/dull bubble and reflective jacquards, dimensional patterns, metallic allovers, and coordinating fabrics. Olmetex has transparent silk water-repellent fabrics, wax-hand cottons, matte/shine camouflage patterns and cotton/silk washed poplins.

Digitally printed fabrics are multicolored, huge and allover at Miroglio Textile S.p.A., Italy; Sprintex S.A.S., France; and KBC, Germany. There are landscapes, melted stripes, flowers, geometrics, abstracts, paisleys and skins. Miroglio has printed velours. Flowers are sometimes fractured and coordinate with checks. Sprintex is showing tapestry prints and florals on misted or checked grounds. At KBC, paisleys combine with foulards, and animal prints are selling.

London-based Liberty Art Fabrics' best seller is small, ditsy flowers. New base fabrics include brushed or bonded Tana lawn, denim, water-repellent nylon for outerwear, cotton stretch gabardine and Harris Tweed. And there is a new line of digital prints.

For evening, France-based Denis et fils and Solstiss S.A. showed dazzling lines. At Denis et fils, coordinating jacquards and metallic patterns combine paisleys, stripes, and florals. Solstiss has stretch laces combining flowers with geometrics, and a mix of modern with traditional.

Texworld USA
At Texworld USA, along with fabrics, there were areas devoted to apparel and home textiles sourcing.

At Texworld and at Kingpins, the International Oeko-Tex Association presented its STeP By Oeko-Tex® system for certifying sustainable production and working conditions in the entire textile industry supply chain. STeP looks at chemicals, environmental protection and management, social responsibility, quality management, health, and safety.

Lenzing AG, Austria, exhibited at Texworld and Kingpins. At Texworld, it centered a large area of spinners, knitters and weavers that use Tencel and Lenzing Modal®. At its own booth, it promoted denim, chambray and activewear. Tencel/cotton blends are strong. "People want more crossover from day- to activewear," said Tricia Carey, senior merchandising manager, Textile Fibers.

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., Jefferson, Ga.; and Tuscarora Yarns Inc., Mount Pleasant, N.C., showed Modal and Tencel. At Buhler, there are fine-count air-jet yarns that have excellent drape, and soft-touch slub yarns. Tuscarora showed dope-dyed Modal, mock-twist yarns, slubs and nubs, vintage-look denim yarns of cotton/Modal, and polyester/flax blends.

Buhler customer Design Knit Inc., Los Angeles, custom-develops fabrics - all U.S.-made - with a focus on Tencel, MicroModal®, luxury Supima® and flax. Of special interest are stripes, sheer to heavy tweeds, double-faced fabrics, pucker, slubs, heathers and tonal effects.

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Attendees view fabric samples at Texworld USA

Laguna Fabrics, Los Angeles, has fast deliveries and a sample stock program. Single and double knits weigh in at 4 to 12 ounces. Current favorites include heathers, piqués, French terries and thermal knits.

Texollini Inc., Long Beach, Calif., has true indigo-washed knits. Scuba, a soft, nylon/LYCRA® double-knit, has the look and feel of neoprene. Most fabrics are for activewear, and all are knitted in the Americas.

Springs Creative Products Group LLC, Rock Hill, S.C., showed fabrics from its True Timbers print division as well as brocades, organzas, sequined fabrics and activewear fabrics.

Thermore S.p.A., Italy, is selling thermal insulation to LL Bean, Eddie Bauer, Nautica, Nike, Levi's and Ralph Lauren. One new ultralight style is called Thermore Aria®.

At Parlamis Tekstil, Turkey, yarn dyes, prints and jacquards in blends of wool, silk, linen and synthetics are selling. Crepe is a best seller.

Isil Tekstil, Turkey, has baroque prints and batiks on viscose jersey and lightweight wovens.

Hemp Fortex Industries (Rushan) Ltd., China, spins, knits and weaves blends of organic and recycled cotton, recycled polyester, silk and linen into mens- and womenswear fabrics.

Kingpins
Denim producers and fiber companies presented developments at Kingpins. Cotton Incorporated, Cary, N.C., showed new types of printing including foil-printed denim, digital prints, and ozone and laser prints.

Invista, Wichita, Kan., showed wovens with a knitted look and knits that look and feel like wovens; four-way stretch with XFIT Lycra; and performance denims for menswear.

At Lenzing, there was an explosion of chambray and super-skinny jeans with stretch.

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top to bottom: Teresa Zugay, Cotton Incorporated, shows a foil-printed denim concept at Kingpins; Jean Hegedus, Invista, and Andrew Olah, Olah Inc. and Kingpins, take a break at Kingpins to smile for the camera.

Bayer CropScience AG, Germany, introduced its e3 sustainable cotton program for its Certified FiberMax® and Stoneville® cotton.

The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Mich., exhibited its SILVADUR™ antimicrobial, odor-control treatment, which was featured in India-based Arvind Ltd.'s denim line.

Arvind also showed organic cotton denim dyed with natural indigo; denim woven of 100-percent linen or yarns from recycled coffee grounds; natural indigo overdyed in gray or brown; and wax-finished denim.

Tavex, Spain, showed stretch for menswear. Coated denims are popular, especially with color. Blue on gray and earth tones on indigo were noted.

Bests at Cone Denim, Greensboro, N.C., include sustainable selvage denims with an indigo warp and weaves using CRAiLAR® Flax blends.

There is a lot of Tencel in Spain-based Textil Santanderina's line. Fabrics include embossed and brushed denim, coating on indigo dyes that can be washed down, waxed coatings and shiny looks.

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