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Première selection

Spring 13’s leading trends include neon and metallic textiles, interesting sequin patterns and a fresh take on traditional floral blooms.

Alan Litman

Sheen and shine were key at Alan Litman, with autumn 12’s metallic foils carrying through for spring 13. Double-faced options were also seen, with a plastic-look finish catching the eye. Stretch lace, essential for the season’s lingerie-inspired trend, came in bright summery colours.

Contact: 0115 970 8992

Dutel Création

The season’s neon trend was evident at Dutel Création, where traditional floral blooms were given a modern update in vibrant highlight shades contrasted with crisp white and beige. Elsewhere, soft wovens and tweeds were strewn with threads of neon and shiny silver metallics.

Contact: 00 33 47 20 14 720


Many of the season’s leading trends cropped up at Frizza, with the plastic look coming through strongest. The importance of linen continued to grow, updated here with a double-faced sheen finish. Light and airy styles were also spotted, with one semi-sheer fabric that encased neon threads getting lots of interest on the stand.

Contact: 00 39 03 03 48 561

HOH – Hoferhecht Stickereien

An interesting and inventive use of sequins caught Drapers’ eye here, creating new and unique designs. Some were stitched in patterns to create sequined pinstripes or polka dots, while colourful contrast stitching created a distinctive look. Neon colours were worked throughout the range.

Contact: 00 43 55 77 82 52 50

John England

Northern Irish linen specialist John England used a selection of coatings and finishes to update its spring 13 collection. Waxed and bonded finishes gave an on-trend plastic sheen, while also creating water-resistant fabrics. Metallic coatings added trend-led sparkle, and loose weaves created a summery feel.

Contact: 02890 736990

Sfate & Combier

Tropical jungle florals were seen at Sfate & Combier, offering a fresh take on spring blooms in bright colours. More of the season’s key trends – metallics and neons – were combined in sparkling summer brocades that looked invigorating in fluorescent shades.

Contact: 00 33 47 49 22 052

Liberty Art Fabrics

The spring 13 collection from Liberty Art Fabrics is titled Flower Show, and encompasses a selection of floral designs and nature-inspired styles that update spring florals. These include digital bloom mash-ups that mix together floral styles to create abstract jungle gardens.

Contact: 020 7573 9435

Stephen Walters and Sons

Prints and patterns from the 1930s archive made for a great floral selection, with a quirky paint-by-numbers design looking good. A more textural trend was also seen through the use of 3D fabrics, or styles that featured multi-weaves and loose threads.

Contact: 01787 372266

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