INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA brand and one of the world’s largest integrated producers of fibres and polymers, has unveiled its global legwear trends and fashion directions for AW18/19.
Issued annually, the trend report is developed for the exclusive use of LYCRA brand mill customers before being released to a wider audience.
INVISTA worked with trend forecasting agency Stijlinstituut Amsterdam to predict the must-have legwear looks for the season, which have been brought to life through an inspirational LYCRA capsule collection featuring cutting-edge trends and technologies.
The legwear garments are designed with comfort, style and fit in mind, and take full advantage of the brand’s entire portfolio of fibers for socks and hosiery.
“As we develop each season’s capsule collection we pay particular attention to garment design and construction to create dynamic and versatile looks that will enhance any wardrobe,” said Sybille Bald, global segment leader for Hosiery.
“Each look showcases the benefits of a fiber that has been carefully selected to meet forecasted trends and consumer needs. Whether it’s all-day comfort, compression, warming or cooling technology, our fibres deliver lasting performance consumers can depend on.”
The LYCRA brand’s Fashion Directions have become a valuable source of inspiration that creates value for brands and retailers and presents knitters with insights that can lead to exciting new business opportunities.
INVISTA’s eight legwear trend predictions for AW18/19 are:
This look plays with transparency and texture to celebrate the inherent beauty of skin. Depending on the skin tone, its slightly raised graded stripes in opaque yarns either merge subtly, or contrast sharply for more impact. Made with LYCRA 3D technology, the garment has been designed to offer greater comfort and enhanced freedom of movement, a uniform appearance and a softer, smoother touch. Offering an essential aesthetic, this look is uncomplicated and minimalist.
With the continued rise of athleisure, consumers are now wearing activewear-inspired apparel as everyday wear. Consumers are also opting more and more for comfort and performance benefits over garments that only offer fashion appeal – they want the best of both worlds. This daywear hosiery is inspired by colour blocking used in activewear and is showy, organic and curvaceous in blues and blacks. This look is made with comfort and fit in mind thanks to its top section made with LYCRA FREEF!T technology, which means less rollover and slip down.
Performance features continue to be a key driver in garments that are worn close to the body, like this pair of tights made with LYCRA SOFT COMFORT technology. This innovation is designed to deliver exquisite comfort and superior fit, yet still stretch freely to accommodate movement for women who are constantly on the go. Drawing its inspiration from ‘70s high-heeled, over-the-knee-boots worn over opaque hosiery, this look combines these two fashion features into one stylish garment, engineered to deliver lasting performance.
Known for its ability to slim and instantly make anything look more chic, black is arguably the most loved colour in fashion. These vibrant tights feature LYCRA BLACK technology for durable, true black colour without unsightly grin-though or glitter. This intense black is the perfect base to allow other colours to pop, capitalising on the trend of using bold patterns and colours for dramatic effect. Featuring a shocking splat of yellow that is fully engineered into the garment, this style also contains many functional benefits. THERMOLITE technology is engineered to help keep the wearer warm and dry, while LYCRA LEG CARE technology provides graduated compression to help energise tired legs.
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This look celebrates body adornment from ethnic-inspired folk motifs and abstract patterns, to contemporary sports accents. Instead of using the skin as a foundation, in hosiery acts as a canvas for the decorative embellishments that would usually be seen in body painting or tattoo art. This look gives the illusion of perfectly even skin tones thanks to LYCRA LIVING LIGHTS technology, which also delivers more saturated fashion colours. This rhythmic herringbone pattern is printed onto semi-sheer hosiery in a dynamic, linear pattern that confuses the eye and creates the effect of a fast-moving animated blur due to translucence and layered graphics. This garment also provides smoothing and shaping properties thanks to LYCRA BEAUTY technology.
This trend is aimed at a more ethically-minded consumer who considers sustainability as part of their purchase decision making process. They have turned their back on fast fashion to focus on slow fashion, which is better for the planet and features more timeless and longer lasting aesthetics. These ultra-soft socks have a laid-back appeal: relaxed in look as well as in wear. They are also designed to keep feet cool, dry and comfortable thanks to COOLMAX EcoMade technology. This unique innovation is made from 97% recycled sources including recycled plastic bottles. This means consumers can enjoy a clear conscience and lasting performance.
Still tapping into the athleisure trend, a new wave of ‘comfort casuals’ is flooding the high street. Sportswear brands are marrying comfort, performance and fashion-forward looks that emphasize form-fitting, but non-constricting materials. These seamless denim leggings made with LYCRA HYBRID technology feature multidirectional stretch and are developed to be as comfortable as track pants, as fashionable as traditional jeans and as versatile as hosiery. The worn-and-torn look at the knees of these leggings is obtained by an openwork knit effect that is engineered to stand up to repeated washing and wearing. These breathable leggings also move moisture away from the body to the fabric’s surface where it dries quickly to enhance wearer comfort.
Designed for serious athletes, these knee-highs are all about delivering hard-core performance and taking the game to the next level. For sportswear brands that want to attract a more dedicated demographic, INVISTA advises them to create socks using LYCRA ENERGIZE brand. Its graduated compression is developed to support muscles and improve blood circulation. Supporting, compact knit effects are engineered onto a silver-sheen background. Graphic armour-like patterns map out the leg’s anatomy, showing strips and bands framing raised striped areas. The curved cuff is soft and cushioned for added comfort.