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Première Vision: How was it for you?

Buyers thoughts on the autumn 14 edition.

Sid Bryan, designer of knitwear brands Sibling and Sister by Sibling

Première Vision is like a twice-yearly school reunion where you catch up with everyone you’ve missed. Other than that it’s pure, hard draining work. Friends tell me it’s mentally exhausting looking at fabric after fabric but I’m sad and I love textiles - yes I am a geek, so for me it’s a great sensory overload. This trip was about meeting my manufacturing
base and making introductions to new ones, which was very successful because everyone is here in one place.

Oliver Spencer, designer of the eponymous menswear brand

It felt really busy, there were lots of industry people on a mission and the mood was upbeat. Trends were bang on from most of the mills. Quilting, texture and colour stood out.

Katherine Hillier, senior womenswear designer at lifestyle retailer Joules

There were some really exciting things happening in outerwear fabrics with beautiful double-face wool coatings. The other lovely developments were surface textures ranging from bouclé finishes, brushed surfaces and slightly longer-haired, drawn finishes. Autumn 14 is definitely a coat season. There was also a feeling that key sportswear fabrics had been adapted and developed to suit many more markets. For example, it was great to see real fabric innovation on lightweight taffetas coming through and developments involving bonding neoprene with woven coating fabric. These fabrics have started to look much more commercial than before.

Kestin Hare, creative director of menswear brand Common People

I always enjoy attending Première Vision and I thought it was actually the busiest show for a while. There was a really good atmosphere, I saw all the right mills there and also all the right designers, which shows it is still taken very seriously, with everyone from Asos to Barbour. There was not a huge amount that seemed completely new to me, but there were some nice extensions and developments of existing trends such as knitted wovens and tech wools.

Andrea Wicks, buyer at River Island

Most of the stands I visited were very busy, with some only seeing customers who had made appointments. The trend areas were popular with a definite buzz about them. Checks, plaids and tartans were seen everywhere, including print versions on denims and sweats.

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