The MarediModa Trend Board has unveiled its lingerie and swimwear fabric trends for Spring/Summer 2019.
The board, which is made up of fashion consultant David Shah and representatives from trend forecasting agency Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, will present the trends at the MarediModa trade show in Cannes, which opens on November 7.
The six trends are:
This trend defines a holistic approach to design, considering ethical sourcing and production methods. Fabrics are inspired by nature and mimic nature’s surfaces, such as smooth skin, fur or carapace. Patterns include tonal palm leaves, feathers, contemporary camouflage, animal skin and marble. The colour palette is made up of deep, natural shades, such as khaki and dense pine, while silhouettes are designed to shape and sculpt the body.
An ad hoc, dynamic design process allows consumers the freedom to mix and match, colour and layer. Modular outfits are combined and connected in new ways to morph from swimwear to sportswear, and fabrics are selected to provoke creativity and industrial ambition in design. Patters feature a mix of computer graphics, laser-cut holes, printed meshes and jacquard weaves, while the colour palette is made up of mid-tone brights and hazy pastels. Silhouettes are bold, sporty and graphic.
This trend combines traditional folk craft skills with high-tech computer graphics. Cotton-touch fabrics sit alongside crochets, piqués and honeycomb effects, while patterns are widly innovative, colourful and bold. Silhouettes are girly and sexy – think tiny bikinis and Brazilian swimsuits. Total looks offer coordinated or uncoordinated accessories for the beach or the city.
Into the cloud
Today’s fabrics reach for the clouds with futuristic prints and high-performance elements. Trend forecasters predict that consumers will use design tools such as Fablabs to co-create psychedelic patterns and multi-colour gradients used in swimwear. Expect colour combinations that add to these virtual designs, such as luminous brights and hyper darks. Silhouettes will also be experimental, featuring 3D printed details and accessories.
Under this trend, fabrics are ultra-light and fit like a second skin. Performance enhancement will come from coatings, surface treatments and intelligent knits. Prints are minimal but feature subtle molecular patterns, grids and geometrics. All shades of skin and metal are combined with cold blues and icy pinks to create the colour palette and 3D data modelling and prototyping will allow for extreme comfort and graduated compression.
Recycled fabrics will be injected with a touch of couture under this trend, with embellishments, fringing and lace taking centre stage. Patterns are floral and ornamental, while colours are warm and rich, with royal reds and blues combined with coral, gold and purples. Silhouettes are complex and vary from corsetry-inspired classics to activewear innovation. Riotous detail and lavish accessories play a huge role in celebrating couture, tailoring and artisan techniques.