The influence of streetwear has an undeniable effect on the fashion industry, and the same is translated into gender-neutral fabric choices and silhouettes for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2019 season.
Less is more as refined luxury emerges as a prevalent theme with designers and high-fashion brands experimenting with premium quality materials. The attention is on construction – textures, clean-lined silhouettes and minimal detailing.
Eco-friendly fabrics including cotton, linen and wool, are treated with varied textures, paying attention to the look of the end product. Modest colorways channel the natural feel, whilst soft curves in the simple silhouettes and neat lines lend feminine vibes.
The approaching season focuses on premium quality materials such as silk, Tencel and soft leathers – the handles are tactile, lending a tangible sense of comfort and ease.
Apparel Resources conducts an in-depth analysis to present to you an exclusive look of the top 8 material trends that will be driving Fall/Winter 2019’s apparel choices.
Integrating technology with fashion, lightweight and highly resistant nylon fabrics are value added with waterproof and chillproof finishes.
For the approaching Fall/Winter season, designers and brands are experimenting with colour blocking, exaggerated word prints and embroideries, over nylon outerwear pieces.
Classic wardrobe staples are updated with leather this winter, translating into a luxurious feel. Outerwear pieces and suiting are reworked in premium skins with an attention to smooth, anti-grain finishes, and fine, lightweight handles to give a clean and sleek look.
Available in a variety of colours, the updated pieces are pared down, and come in understated silhouettes.
Glossy and sleek silk fabrics lend a retro appeal to loose shirts for men, and slip dresses and wrap dresses for women.
This ultra-sheeny fabric is the second material trend to be tapping on the luxe feel, this season, after soft leather.
The bigwigs in fashion have successfully managed to steer out of public wrath by abandoning fur, and at the same time, introducing novel iterations of the luxe fabric.
Texture imitating bear fur ‘teddy fabric’ is up on the rise especially under the outerwear category. Think coats, jackets and fluffy knits!
As per Edited, there has been a 42 per cent increase in Teddy fabric apparel sell-outs since Fall 2017 – proof backed by data.
Cotton & Linen
The connect with nature has never been stronger… fast-paced, high-stress lifestyles are urging people to get back in touch with the roots and make mindful purchases.
Breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk merge comfort with a relaxed feel, brought about by the softness quotient of these magic materials.
Wool is an indispensable part of the Autumn/Winter season.
And this year around, they are making their presence known in solid colour palettes, stripes and check patterns for men’s coats. Colourful shades, cobalt blues and China red add a brilliant touch to coats.
Seasonal statement knits channel tribal influences created using contemporary handcrafting that makes one reimagine the artisanal techniques. Details such as extreme fringing, Aztec and tribal patterns and monochrome graphics over free-flowing and oversized silhouettes lend a nomadic, wanderer vibe providing movement at the same time.
Fur poses as a decorative material this season. Designers and brands are playing with colours, finishes and lengths in both regular and irregular forms.
Bright fur trims line hems and edges of garments, while spliced front and back fur, soft fur and tough leather are gathered together to interpret modernity and individuality.
Fur mashed up with denim and colour blocked fur is a huge trend, especially in the Chinese market.