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The London Textile Fair

Bright colours, sparkling metallics and bold floral and animal patterns were the major themes for 2013 at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

BZ Jacquard

The trend for sparkling metallics plays a major role in this Turkish mill’s new collection, sometimes as shiny Lurex, glittery glued finishes or foil-bonded designs. Three-dimensional fabrics add interest, with extra-crease finishes standing out.

Contact: 00 22 42 43 33 06

Schwarzschild Ochs

A fondness for animal skin prints comes through at this eveningwear specialist, with velvet-printed snake patterns and new leopard prints overlaid with a layer of transparent sequins. More sequins come in new patchwork-effect designs and delicate and colourful embellished florals.

Contact: 020 7387 2775

Joseph H Clissold

The first thing that catches your eye is colour – with linen blends in a spectrum of rainbow tones, balanced with commercial neutrals. Various styles of stripes are key, alongside checks and plaids updated in bright shades. New Donegals also look strong, carrying on autumn 12’s flecked trend.

Contact: 01274 721455

British Millerain

Known for its coated and waxed finishes, British Millerain flourishes in winter but new spring styles will work for the warmer months. A waxed appearance fabric comes in a much lighter weight, while new sheen finishes look good. Winter shades are given a summery makeover in a palette of primary brights.

Contact: 01706 716370

Just Fly by Lisa

Focusing on printed cottons, polyesters and silks, this latest collection is a vibrant affair. Typical spring florals come in bold designs, with large blooms in watercolour tones. Geometrics have a tribal feel worked in bright greens and blues. Animal patterns are also important, with an abstract snake, leopard and tiger patchwork looking fresh. Contact: 00 39 031 93 07 30

A Gratacos

A surprising number of neon shades caught Drapers’ eye in this spring 13 collection, coming as colourful wovens and even giving a modern update to florals. Sequin embellishment is also key, with patterned sequins creating an abstract, dappled effect.

Contact: 00 34 93 238 73 53

AGM Manifattura Tessile

Lightweight summer tweeds impress at this Italian company, where traditional woven styles are updated in a huge selection of bright, summery shades. Metallic and sheen finishes, which promise to be a big spring 13 trend, also stand out.

Contact: 00 39 05 74 60 03 71

B by Milior

A large amount of double facing is still seen as part of this spring 13 pre-collection, with rubberised bonded options prominent. Thin, double-layered styles are noted, with semi-transparent layers sewn over prints. Metallics also feature as a foiled snakeskin print.

Contact: 020 7636 6660


Shine on

Spring 13 will be a season of shimmer and shine, with metallic finishes, rubberised and waxed looks all on the menu.

Animal instincts

Prints and patterns look to animal skins for inspiration, with spotted leopard and tiger, while snakeskin prints are most popular.

New neons

An unexpected trend of bright summer neons demands attention, often worked with fresh white or modernising florals.

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