Two Strong Textile Trends for Fashion Designers

Proenza-Schouler ethnic patterns

Last week we sat in on a short and sweet Spreecast event put on by Source4Style, where they shared some thoughts on global textile trends that they’re seeing in fashion. Two trends seemed to dominate….

Menswear Fabric

A continuing favorite of designers, menswear fabrics are reliable, serious, and classic.  They provide a great foundation on which to build. Some strong examples are Herringbone, Tartans, and Box Plaids.

“Ethnic” Patterns and Prints

They have a sense of novelty and can easily be made your own. There has been a real response from the consumer when it comes to these styles, especially ikat which we’ve seen designers rework into digital prints.

Proenza Schouler consistently does ethnic wovens very well.

A few other trends to keep in mind: Metallics, more Plaids, and Leather Manipulation.

Do you design with trends in mind?

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!