As I told you this week, I visited the fabric fair Fabric Start in Munich on Thursday for work. Our main aim was to find out about the fabric trends for spring/summer 2012. So let me walk you through what is happening at such a fair. At the entrance there was a long row of large Gütermann spools, each containing a different trend colour. From these spools every visitor unravelled some thread in order to have them readily available when needed. Although the image above is from last summer, it illustrates what it looked like.
The image below actually shows this year's fair and what the booths looked like. Even though we do not order fabrics directly from fabric suppliers, the fair is important to get a first impression of the new trends. Whenever we liked a fabric, we ordered a swatch, which we will use later on as inspiration or order through one of our apparel suppliers if we want to actually use it.
The fair was quite an experience for me and I had a great time although most suppliers seemed to show the same stuff over and over again. And concerning the trends for 2012, there really did not seem to be anything different from what is being shown in stores right now. Lots of flower prints, big and small, old-fashioned or abstract, I was really sick of flowers at the end of the day. And of course lots of animal prints. Overall, there was not much in between flower and animal prints. Some fruit prints inspired by Stella McCartney and Prada and an assortment of digitally printed fabrics which stand out through their sharpness of print and riot of colours. Below you find a little mash-up of these trends.
Fabric trends for SS2012, all fabric images from alfatex.de
Maybe the lack of new ideas means that the crazy fashion cycle is finally slowing down a bit. What do you think? Do you even care about fabric trends or do you just buy whatever you like? I would certainly like to hear your thoughts on this :)