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Step back in time

Clashing colours on hoodies harked back to the 1980s, while technical fabrics, preppy styling and vintage sportswear were revisited for spring. Drapers asked four buyers to sum up the biggest trends on show at streetwear exhibition TBC.

1980s

Neons were an important story for block and geometric designs, which featured heavily on sweatshirts and track tops

Michael Hayes, manager of Sa-kis in Sheffield - "We'll be buying into the 1980s story, but not too obviously - we'll focus on blasted lightweight denim. It's hard to know what route to take because every range touches upon every trend, so you have to go with a lot of looks."

CONTACTS

Boxfresh 020 7749 1902

Copy 01273 682111

Girls from Omsk 01273 682111

Live Mechanics 01536 485080

Pa:nuu 01273 682111

Qwst 00 414 3818 2900

PREPPY

Skinny-fit pastel cardigans and finely striped collarless shirts heralded another season for the preppy look

Mark Shepherd, owner of Boola in Darlington - "I stock a mix of streetwear brands and more contemporary labels, so I'm looking for brands that will complement both. The preppy story handles this middle ground well. Subtle detailing and clean lines are definitely where it's at."

CONTACTS

Akademiks 01536 485080

Blood & Glitter 01785 211775

Craig Markus 07841 327905

MAS 020 7357 0022

Rough Justice 020 7437 1127

Trovata 020 7434 2462

VINTAGE SPORTS

Polo shirts with contrast collars sat alongside 1970s-inspired sportswear

Mark Lovett, owner of Traffic Clothing in Chelmsford - "We've been buying into the retro look for a long time, but it's definitely a look that's here to stay. For spring 08 we'll be focusing on the cleaner fabrics, cleaner lines and cleaner designs that are dominating the trend."

CONTACTS

2 Angle 01536 485080

Aertex 0161 833 1184

Clerk & Teller 020 8970 6250

Farah 01376 502345

K-Swiss Apparel 01458 449301

Kudo 07837 946603

TECHNICAL

Lightweight outerwear in coated cotton and nylon was key for bomber-style jackets and macs

Nigel Binnie, owner of Northern Threads in Tyne & Wear - "We've been buying into technical heavily, focusing mainly on track tops. A lot of ranges are inspired by it, from Sergio Tacchini to Lyle & Scott. Heritage brands like Farah and Aertex look interesting."

CONTACTS

Crosby, Hallen & Cobb 020 7209 7289

Dickies 0161 237 5505

Money 020 8995 8189

Pharmacy Industry

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Sealkay 020 7613 1111

Velour 020 7209 7289.

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