Interfilière, the lingerie and swimwear fabrics show taking place in Lyon this July, will focus on high-tech materials related to sportswear.
Inspired by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the show will bring together the biggest names and influential players in the sportswear market to present their fabrics, accessories, prints and fibres.
It will also demonstrate how the athleisure trend is boosting dynamism in the beachwear and intimates markets – translating into garments that can be worn outside the gym.
A dedicated swimwear and sportswear space named Momenti di Passione will highlight new products and provide a forward-looking overview of these markets, while a daily catwalk show will feature prototypes created by fabrics and accessories manufacturers working in these sectors.
The catwalk show, with its ‘glam pop & chic’, theme will feature live commentary from Jennifer Whigham of Concepts Paris.
The Innovation Forum will also focus on sportswear, presenting ingenious and innovative solutions for textile-apparel manufacturers.
It will feature an inspiration area, with innovations from other sectors, such as footwear and food, and highlight technical solutions, including adhesive strips and films for bonding and seamless applications.
Continuing the activewear theme, Interfilière will crown Brugnioli, a family-run Italian business specialising in performance fabrics, as the 2016 Designer of the Year. It will be recognised for its cutting-edge production.
Mode City, which will take place alongside Interfilière, will also become a playground for innovative and creative activewear as athletes prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the UEFA Euro 2016 final kicks off in Paris.
Sports-inspired graphics will showcase exhibitors’ products and help buyers understand sportswear trends, while arrows depicting athletic tracks will guide visitors around the show.
Eurovet announced in November that these trade shows will return to Lyon for the July 2016 session, as the timing of the exhibitions, due be held on July 9-11, clashes with the UEFA Euro 2016 final.
The decision to relocate the shows was made to prevent restrictions on transport, parking and hotel stays over the three days.
Mode City and Interfilère left Lyon for Paris in 2008 and in the meantime, Lyon has increased its hotel capacity and accessibility.
Lyon is a centre for textiles, arts and culture, hosting well-known international events, such as the Biennale de la Danse and the Light Festival.
It boasts museums designed with futuristic architecture, including the Musée des Confluences, which opened last year, thus offering various sources of inspiration for designers and buyers from all over the world.