Spin Expo is a very focused and unique exhibition featuring the most comprehensive and creative international offering of yarns and fibres, knitwear manufacturers and innovative knitwear machinery manufacturers. Below is their trend forecast for the season of Autumn/Winter of 2011.
As a new autumn/winter season dawns, we are entering into a time of re-invention, rejuvenation and exploration. We value the concept of time, to have clearly defined aspects of our lives and to express our individualism; however, it is not retrospective in any way.
We are moving forward with new ideas, passing through time with a need to play, escape, explore and shine. It is time to leave the past behind. This makes it a season of contrasts and alternatives, a time to lead not follow, not professing one clear path but instead allowing a scope for diversity, fusion and an ability to construct our own unique looks.
Color plays a powerful role in this invention. Strong, rich saturation is essential with colors that are warm and positive. There is a sense of glowing that comes not only from the level of color, but also in sheen and metallic finishes.
Yarns and fabrics equally express developed interest by creating surface effects of all types: textures, sheen, diffused aspects and surface hair, and multi-color looks achieved through blending, twisting and printing. A time to be showy and expressive, novelty yarns and fabric developments overtake re-works of blends, and this is where the newness emerges. However, the emphasis on fibre is very important, but not lost in a complicated blend. Instead the specialness of yarn can also be created by taking a brave position on the fibre, be it the diffusion of mohair, the sumptuousness of silk or the iridescence of metallics.
It is a time to move away from playing it safe with the classic and plain. Now is a time to take a stand for being special, unique and therefore creating the desire to own. The ideas and developments at Spin Expo take you through four passages of time, each one exploring its own unique experience, allowing you to let the new inventions begin.
Time to Play: An energizing palette of clear whitened winter greens, dusted with modern bright and a dark purple. The exploration of “self” through playfulness and activity. Making time to have fun, experiment and be ever changing. Sport is re-invented through a new sense of color making it merge seamlessly with everyday life. Looking at culture for the techno age generation who are easily bored and in need of constant stimulation, following are the points that define this trend.
- Natural and synthetic of equal importance
- Drape Fluidity and movement
- Compact, dense and peached
- Polished sheen achieved by fibre choice or mercerizing
- Technical finishes and new innovations
- Stretch and movement
- Graphic plays of color and pattern
- Fresh stripes
- Simple Micro Textures
- Iridescent glow and rich lustre
Time to Escape: A powdered level of colors using pinkish taupes, warm copper and soft browns, enriched by deep rose and blue grey. A sense of protection is swathed in discreet luxury, enhanced by subtle beauty searching for a new perfection. A rough, raw dimension that hints at femininity with natural charm, rustic yet delicate, wild yet precious. A time to luxuriate in our own space, relaxation time, making time to improve, beautify and rejuvenate. The following points define this trend pretty well.
- Powdery finishes
- Soft shimmer and lustre
- Diffused surfaces through hair and brushing
- Feathery, twisted and ruffled
- Smooth luxurious shine
- Burnished metallics
- Warm soft textures
- Broken surfaces with a natural patina
- Delicate sheer textures and transparent looks
- Layering from fine to very chunky
- Extreme exaggerated stitches
- Blurred and subtlety broken plays on color
Time to Explore: Rich, saturated levels of color in warm tones of russet range, strong reds, golds and bronzes contrasted by vibrant teal and pinks, all merged together to give a moody, painterly dimension. Making time to explore our own creativity and explore new ideas, looking at art activities such as painting, printing and crafts, but reinventing them in a futuristic way. Expressing our own individuality by making good use of our hands and enjoying embellishing, enhancing and creating new looks in a modern way. Finding time to create our own identity through freedom of spirit. The following points would explain the trends in better way.
- Appearances are deceptive with handmade or rough looks, but with a soft to the touch feel
- Lots of surface interest
- Novelty textures and novelty fibre blends
- Volume and rounded looks
- Hairy and raised surfaces
- Rich vibrant gold and metallics
- Velvety looks and touch
- Multi color effects in neps and marls
- Printing and hand painting
- Chunky but weightless
- Irregular textures
- Boiled and compact
- Rich bold use of pattern and color
Time to Shine: Mysteriously deep and intense shades of inky blues, greys and blacks through to futuristic purples from dark to light. Shimmering yet burnished highlights of silver and gold offer decorative relief. A time to visit an era when things were special, cherished and refined, yet reconstruct it into the future to make it relevant to modern life. Combining a decorative legacy of the past with a streamlined futuristic vision enhanced by technology. A time to find exquisite beauty and perfection by looking at decorative form and modern adornment. Creating drama and intrigue, desire and satisfaction. Regaining our status to face the modern world. Here are few points that describe this trend.
- Fine, threadlike counts, highly twisted
- Polished surfaces form bright shine to subtle sheens
- Sparkle of all kinds
- Burnished and aged metallics
- Fur and plush looks
- Feathery effects
- Rich velvety finishes
- Lace and ruffles
- Aged appearances
- Silky drape and fluid looks
- Subtle crinkle surfaces and delicate textures
- Extreme softness and lustre
- Exquisite embellishment and jewels used with finesse