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Blending in: emerging trends from Premiere Vision, Paris

Our junior fashion editor Graeme Moran reports from the Parisian textile trade show.

For anyone wanting to know anything and everything about the world of textiles, Premiere Vision is your one stop shop. It opened the doors to its latest exhibition on Tuesday, enticing large crowds of designers looking for the best new things on offer for the spring 14 season.

One key trend Drapers has noticed is the amount of blended, bonded and altogether techy fabrics on show. As Pascaline Wilhelm, the trade show’s Fashion Director recently told us: “This is the beginning of the end for the love of 100% of wool, 100% of cotton, 100% of cashmere.” And she’s right. Although the 100% wools and cottons are still present, new and interesting bondings and blends have been cropping up right across the show.

There have been blends that mix fibers together to create new characteristics. Unexpected things have come bonded side by side to create new double facings, combining the natural and the synthetic. Elsewhere, seemingly every day fabrics have been revealing deeper technologies, including examples that are waterproof, water repellant, fast-drying, stain resistant or even thermo-regulating.

So it seems one of the key messages so far is to get the bonds and the blends in in order to stand out next season.

For all the details on this and the other trends, read our full report from Premiere Vision in the February 23rd issue.

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