Continuing to inspire and connect designers with the world’s best commercially available wool fabric and yarn manufacturers, The Woolmark Company has unveiled its latest edition of The Wool Lab, for the autumn/winter 2018/19 season
The Wool Lab autumn/winter 2018/19 presents seven fashion-oriented themes within a collection of the latest commercially available wool fabrics and yarns. In addition, The Wool Lab Sport and The Wool Lab Denim will return this season – each of the popular books is updated to include the latest innovations and technical fabrics.
Each edition of The Wool Lab is created in collaboration with the world’s most innovative and quality-oriented spinners and weavers to present an inspirational sourcing guide available for designers and brands to view. This edition marks six years since The Wool Lab first launched, with each edition well received by trade and generating more than 60,000 swatch requests.
Each season, more and more fashion designers and brands look forward to seeing the latest offering, as it provides the opportunity for them to explore an actual sourcing guide for commercially available products.
The Wool Lab autumn/winter 2018/19 themes
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The rigour and clean shapes of tailored suits take place in unexpected landscapes, creating a new world in which anything is possible. Escape from reality with sophisticated irony.
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Elegance in simplicity. A game of contrasts of materials in monochromatic layering. Fluid fabrics for sophisticated dresses are combined with bulky knits and soft coats with different volumes, completing the feminine figure.
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Shapes and colours inspired by the European art movements of the early decades of the 1900s that were the expression of a crucial moment in the 20th century focus on the interaction between technology and culture. Form and function are represented in geometries, colour contrasts, and inserts of colour in unique pieces and in jacquard knitwear.
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Inspiration from the colours, patterns and techniques of South American cultures are blended with the most traditional fabrics and textures for a contemporary ethnic style. An international urban vernacular.
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Evoking the fascinating and dark British atmosphere during the industrial revolution. Jackets with fitted cuts inspired by the end of 18th century clothing are paired with loose-fit trousers for a modern mysterious time-traveller dandy.
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Living spaces are designed to bring people together. A generation of young people who have common interests share their workspaces – their dining rooms are their facilities and create a new sense of community. A new and essential way of life more oriented to the inner being than to appearance.
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A new way in fashion, old techniques, experimental technologies, fresh minds all mix, to create and transform materials into unique products. It is the new generation of artisans that creates their own style, like modern alchemists in their laboratories.
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The Wool Lab Denim
The Wool Lab Denim returns this season, updated to include a selection of the very latest Wool Denim fabrics and yarns. New technologies allow fabric to be naturally dyed indigo. Garments in 100% merino wool or wool blended with cotton acquire a modern look, keeping all the natural qualities of this fibre.