Trends: Coexistence

After last week’s introduction, let’s dive right into some major trends for the coming seasons!

There are so many different trend publications that it is often difficult to filter out what is relevant and what is not. One common thread that runs through them all is that we are trying to find a balance between sustainabiity and new technological innovations. It is not just fashion-related, it is a major lifestyle trend that is visible in all parts of our lives. In the fashion context, that describes the coexistence between slow and fast fashion. They are working in parallel with each other and what is interesting is that slow fashion has been the catalyst for fast fashion, yet at the same time it is also a consequence of it.

At the moment, there is a real and growing movement towards mindfulness and slowing down. An appreciation of the handmade, the special, the one of a kind is forming again, people care about the production of the clothes – they should be both ethically and environmentally sustainable. Mass market models are being questioned, alternatives are explored in experimental collections. There is a strong reaction against the anonymous, throw-away items that are being produced nowadays: We are seeking the human touch again, pieces that have personality. The process of creating is as important as the natural and organic fading and decay of things – these natural processes add to the quality of a piece instead of diminishing it.

This shows in textured fabrics like rough weaves, chunky knits, natural leather and suedes as well as crackly finishes. Denim plays a big part – it is aged, gets worn, is later overdyed and mended – a pair of jeans turns almost into a journal of somebodys life. The shapes focus on practicality and simplicity. There is a pride in the workmanship, which shows through handstitched details. It is a celebration of the artisanal, of the traditional.


At the same time, new ideas emerge from the pristine, pure workspaces of sciene labs. Old ideas and conventional constraints are forgotten, completely new things without any relevance to something already existing are created. Technologists are working across multi-disciplinary fields, they fuse medicine and art with food and science. Traditional product categories become less relevant, everything is intertwined. Wearable tech will play a bigger part in our lives, and it is all about connecting everything. People with other people, with their technological gadgets, and especially the reality with the virtual world. It is a about making our lives as easy and as fulfilled as possible.

Graphic colour combinations and sharp contrasts play a big part, as well as the colours of light and luminescence. Transparency is mixed with neon colours, translucency is achieved by using new fibers, which have their origins in high-performance gear. Comfort meets sport and is fused together. 3D-printing is used more and more. There is a sense of weightlessness and freedom, shapes and fabrics blur the line between work and play, as well as between genders.


But it’s all not so simple. Designers try combine both slow and fast fashion and this results in clothes that exeed limits rather than fit within them. They create their own spaces and have an aversion to categorisation. You can feel a certain discourse, an interdisciplinary fusion. There is a very open, but at the same time questioning and thoughtful attitude. The boundaries of design are being stretched – also in terms of gender, typical mens- or womenswear still exist, but are often replaced by unisex fashion – or rather get completely mixed up. Women wearing menswear is nothing new, it’s men wearing feminine pieces that opens up new possibilities. There is a lot of movement and change at the moment and it will be interesting to see how it will all develop in the future.

Reference: Textile View issue #111, pictures via pinterest


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