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London Textile Fair

One of the best places for predicting next season’s trends is at textile fairs, where mills and manufacturers show their ranges to designers who are busy thinking a season or two ahead.

Last week’s London Textile Fair was no different, pulling in 175 exhibitors to its new home at Islington’s Business Design Centre. See below and online for our pick of the best collections. The key words for autumn 13 are velvet, flocked lace and purple.

Halley Stevensons

Scottish waxing expert Halley Stevensons has speeded up the aging process of textiles for autumn 13, with a treatment that creates an authentic vintage-style look. The range is available in custom colour dyes, alongside a selection of house colours and patterns (the green tartan was popular), while a waxed indigo denim turned heads.

Contact: 01382 645225

Konak TÜl

Lace specialist Konak Tül has gone decadent for autumn 13, with a trend for flocking updating simple lace styles. Baroque-inspired flocked patterns come in golds and deep jewel shades, alongside flocked florals on thin gauzy netting. Other options include layered and bonded laces, which are applied to fabrics including jersey and silks, the favourite being a printed silk overlaid with flower flocked lace.

Contact: 00 90 212 422 10 90

John Hanly & Co

All produced in Tipperary, Republic of Ireland, John Hanly & Co’s autumn 13 collection is a burst of cosy coloured lamb and pure wools. Various checks and plaids come in a rainbow of colours, with shades of purple making their mark as a new colour trend. Neps and flecked styles continue from past seasons, bringing colour to neutral bases or jazzing up simple herringbones.

Contact: 00 353 67 24278

Malhia Kent

Parisian manufacturers Malhia Kent are often the highlight of my textile shows, continually creating collections full of fun and interesting creations. For autumn 13 the key colours are purples, greens and dark oranges, while stripes and metallic finishes will also be important. Repeat pattern jacquards and patchwork style patterns that incorporate different textures also stood out.

Contact: 00 33 01 53 44 76 76

Ploughboy Organics

Making their worldwide debut at the London Textile Fair, Ploughboy Organics unveiled its new eco-friendly dying system which is produced from the waste product of tobacco plants. Coming from North Carolina, one of America’s biggest tobacco states, the low impact dye creates a wide selection of colours for blends and natural fibres, including silk, cotton, hemp and wool. The company is also in the process of developing fibres from the tobacco waste product, which can be used to create a broad spectrum of textiles.

Denholme Velvets Ltd

This autumn 13 promises to be a good season for velvet specialist as a trend for luxe fabrications popped up across the show. Denholme Velvets had some of the strongest examples, from embossed three dimensional effects and decadent brocade and curling floral patterns, through to shaved striped varieties in a wide range of colours. Brand new styles include an embossed version with a gold foil finish and iridescent option.

Contact: 01274 832185

British Millerain

The predictable English weather means waxed and waterproof coated textiles are sure to be a hit again come autumn 12, and British Millerain are experts in this area. New for this season there were light fabrics that are designed to be garment washed, while a large selection of double faced styles came as rubber coating bonded to cotton backs. As well as even more colour options for the basic styles, a new option saw another British mill, Abraham Moon, provide a wool herringbone that has been waxed by British Millerain for a showerproof finish.

Contact: 01706 716370

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