In the midst of the summer heatwave, the autumn 14 season kicked off last week at The London Textile Fair, where mills revealed their latest collections.
The two-day exhibition drew large crowds of designers, buyers and product developers to The Business Design Centre in Islington.
Early trends suggest a season of bright colour, fluffy handles and hairy finishes, alongside the prominence of blended compositions that balance quality with competitive pricing.
Italian mill Twelve showed at The London Textile Fair for the first time this season, offering a mix of new styles and reworked bestsellers. Key emerging trends include hairy surfaces and furry brush yarns, lighter tweed-look cotton jersey/wool blends and the continued dominance of double-faced surfaces. Colourful oversized checks, ethnic geometrics in a dark palette and a diffused, abstract camouflage all catch the eye.
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Suffolk silk weaver Vanners offered something fresh this season, introducing compositions to appeal to more mid-range customers. New options include cotton, polyester, and nylon and silk blends, alongside signature 100% silks. Uplifting sparks of colour update classic florals for autumn 14, with a three-colour multi-jacquard blending polyester (32%), wool (48%) and silk (20%) standing out.
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Molloy & Sons
Based in Ardara, on the northwest coast of Ireland, Molloy & Sons has been weaving premium Donegal tweeds since the 1800s. The father-and-son team source everything from within a 20-mile radius of the mill, with yarns spun and dyed locally and everything else done in-house. A merino and mohair blend is new for autumn 14, while herringbones and punchy colour combos dominate.
- Contact: 00 353 87 670 9253