Spring Summer 2012 Textiles Trend Report
This is the first of The Trend Boutique's major reports on how the trend themes of Harvest, Intense, Senses and Spirited are being interpreted for the textiles sector. Accompanying reports will be released for Spring Summer 2012 within the areas of Fashion, Product & Technology, and Architecture & Interiors.
- Raw materials such as straw and reeds are woven to form textiles with a rough texture and fragmented finish due to the rigid nature of such organic fibres.
Fraduate Collection and Detail Shots - Thorbjorn Uldam
- Soft fibres are kept humble at their untreated, natural state and hand-knitted or woven in basic structures to create rustic fabrics.
Exhibition Shots - Heimtextil Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Pietro Sutera
- This year at Heimtextil, a special exhibit entitled “Bark” was showcased, which displayed textiles made from tree bark. This idea of man and nature interwoven together to sustain our delicate eco-system, fits perfectly with The Trend Boutique’s “Harnessing Nature” direction.
Exhibition Shot and Close Ups - Heimtextil Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera
- Flora and Fauna prints spread across fabrics in a delicate fashion but still using the bright colours of summer.
Exhibition Shot - Bread and Butter - Fashion Now
Textiles are deep-dyed in colour from the Latin American countries of Cuba and Argentina to give an intensity of passion and drama. Whilst most of the trend is bright blocked colours, there is also a hand-crafted patterned element as well as touches of darker, more sombre patternings.
- Textiles are over-dyed to a point of saturation in deep earthy tones such as burnt oranges and deep indigos.
Left: Spring Summer 2011 Collection - Cacharel
Right: Exhibition Shot - Heimtextil Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera
- Embroideries and Crochets draw upon South America as a reference point for patternings, textures and the use of chunky yarns.
Exhibition Shots - Heimtextil Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera
- Fabrics are hand-painted using variations in brush strokes and sizes to give a unique finish every time.
Exhibition Shot - Heimtextil Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera
- Delicate florals get lost within a darker colour palette as prints take on a sombre flamboyance of hazy patterns and sharp accents.
Spring Summer 2011 Collection and Detail Shots - Cacharel
“The body” features as a key reference point for Womenswear textiles as nude tones fill the main colour palette of this trend direction. Placement prints delve inside the human anatomy as textiles are manipulated to create sensitive architectural garments that either show off the contours of the female body or distort the figure completely.
- Embroidery detailing such as fringing, piping and appliqué are used to outline the female form and emphasise the contours of the body.
Spring Summer 2011 Campaign Shots - Ekaterina Kukhareva
Left: Spring Summer 2011 Collection (Striped T) - Ann Sofie Back for Topshop
Right: Spring Summer 2011 Collection (Grey Sweater Dress With Tulle Ruffles) - Ann Sofie Back for Topshop
Textiles designed for fashion employ placement prints using the colour palette of the inner-body and the muscular system.
Technical textiles replicate the formations of reptile skins, suggesting the idea of ephemeral clothing.
Snake & Molting Legwear and Original Inspiration - Camille Cortet
Plastic textiles and other synthetic fabrics in nude flesh tones give the feeling of skin.
Spring Summer 2011 Campaign Shots - Flik Hall
- Diaphanous textiles are finely pleated and manipulated into structural pieces that transform the human figure.
Spring Summer 2011 Runway Shots and Detail Shots - Morphe
Textiles following the spirited trend are both rebellious and confident. Imaginative craft and playful DIY offer the youth generation a unique chance to stand out whilst slogan prints offer the chance for the younger generation to get their voices heard.
- Digital prints are created with not just glow-in-the-dark but UV dyes.
Graduate Collection Runway Shots and Detail Shots - Carly Ellis
- Playful imagery is designed within knitwear patterns as well as screen printed on top. Comic book graphics feature highly.
Runway Shots - Fam Irvoll
- Computer embroidery is worked over other materials to create mixed media artwork that fits in perfectly with our “Edgey Craft” trend direction.
"Dazed", "Swish" and "Thwack" - Kirsty Whitlock
- Brands provide the resources to customise and design your own textiles.
Exhibition Shot - Bread and Butter - Style Society