A mid-season jacket that can say it’s both heated and elegant? This is the promise made by the Loomia label, which is today launching a coat with astounding technical and style features.
What if tie dye weren’t reserved solely for spring/summer collections? This typically countercultural dye effect is putting a spin on winter looks to give a fresh aesthetic, blending an enhanced natural effect with classic influences with a twist.
A smart fabric capable of heating our body when it is cold but also cooling it down when it is hot? As surprising as it may seem, this is the tremendous innovation revealed at the start of the year by American scientists from the University of Maryland.
With Kvadrat, the Danish designer Karina Nielsen Rios is launching a new concept for outdoor upholstery fabrics that are both resistant and environmentally friendly. Here’s the story.
The leading expert in quilted materials, for 30 years Trapuntatura’s Italians have been developing fabrics acclaimed by sportswear labels and brands. A must-know benchmark.
Checked prints are coming back into fashion, making the most of new technologies and modernising their aesthetic and manufacturing methods alike.
What if electronic objects were made using artisanal sewing techniques such as knitting, crochet or embroidery? That is what the artists and designers Irène Posch and Ebru Kurbak have asked, whose work combines textile creations and new technologies.
What if our clothing could allow us to charge our smartphone or connected watch, even when there are no sockets nearby? This is the challenge taken up by researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK, who have developed minuscule solar panels that can be directly incorporated into textile fibres and fabrics.
A fabric that can enhance sports performance with cosmetic benefits too? That’s the surreal promise made by Emana, a thread developed by Rhodia Solvay that Coltex uses for its lingerie, fitness and beachwear textiles.
The symbol of fast-growing eco-friendly fashion that we have already mentioned in Influences & Design AW19/20 Trendbook, in “Concept 3” of the Standard Theme with another vegan leather, Wine Leather, Vegea (see page 89), vegan leather has become the new Holy Grail for designers in search of materials combining synthetic manufacture and a beautiful aesthetic. The…