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For many fashionistas a new year means a new look, but for others the more things change, the more they stay the same. As we move into 2014 there are some classic fabrics and finishes that are unlikely to fade away, although the chances are there will also be some less common fabrics whose popularity leaps. Here are just a few of the classic and up-and-coming textiles to be aware of in the coming year.
Not always a popular fabric, tweed has often been seen the reserve of the upper classes and older demographics. However, in the last couple of years it has slowly re-entered the mainstream – and with well-known characters like Doctor Who donning tweed suits to grace the homes of millions around the world, the fabric has definitely regained its “cool factor”. Expect this to continue long into 2014.
Similarly, female fashion collections for next season are reclaiming other fabrics that have traditionally been synonymous with the male wardrobe. This means pinstripes and Houndstooth (or dog-tooth), as well as check patterns and others that are commonly used in suits are likely to see a surge in demand as female fashion manufacturers jump onto the trend.
Linen trousers and even jackets have long been part of the classic summer collection. But as several Fashion Week displays have demonstrated in London, Paris and New York, the coming seasons are likely to embrace loose, flowing shapes and minimal tailoring. Linen lends itself to this kind of design beautifully, meaning it is likely to be a popular choice. Lighter colors are set to be particularly popular.
This heavy fabric is traditionally associated with the colder months and true to form, it looks as though it will be around for the icy winds of January and reappear in time for next year’s Christmas party season. Because of its weight it tends to work better in darker shades, but that doesn’t necessarily mean black – purples, blues, greens and even deep reds will grow in popularity.
Versatile, light and feminine, georgette works extremely well for floaty tops and dresses and is likely to remain a popular choice for evening and formal wear. Organza, taffeta and chiffon also work very well for these purposes and all three will be significant trends in Ladieswear this year.
The grunge look has been in and out recently, but it looks as though 2014 will see it continue to ride high. One of the look’s essential pieces is the flannel shirt, making this one to watch next year. Although they began with carded wool and worsted yarn, the fabrics used to make these items have diversified in recent years, meaning that wool, cotton and synthetic fibers are all now firmly in the mix.
Lace is one of those attractive, feminine choices that never seems to go out of style. With labor-intensive hand-made lace remaining costs, most high street brands are working with machine equivalents. As well as being more affordable, these textiles have other advantages: the precision that comes with computer-aided design means that patterns can be more elaborate. Traditional white and black are likely to continue selling well, but look out for bright, striking tones for the summer season.
The leather jacket has been a staple for the past couple of years and this shows no sign of fading away. But the trend has diversified too, opening up two skirts, trousers and a detail or trim on garments made in other fabrics. Genuine leather is at the top end of the price range and therefore more common in vintage styles – where the manufacturing processes have already been done and ready-made pieces can be bought at good prices – and higher-end products. More affordable and mass-produced items are usually made of PVC or similar materials.
The classic base materials for the world’s wardrobe are going nowhere. It goes without saying these durable, easily maintained fabrics that are simple to wear and to work with will remain vital to the fashion industry in coming months and years. With denim, blues, grays and blacks are likely to stay on top of the pile, but bear in mind that the popular trend of colored trousers and jeans will lead to a diverse palette.