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Survey of the European fabric fairs for spring/summer 2024
published in Issue 219, June 2023
The European fabric fairs for the spring/summer 2024 season were held in a hesitant spirit, reflecting pressures facing all sectors of the textile and clothing industries in Europe. In particular, the industries are being challenged by increasing legislative pressure as lawmakers push to enforce industry-wide regulation. They are also being challenged by persistent inflationary pressure--in part, as a result of the war in Ukraine, which caused European gas prices to soar to record highs in 2022. As a result of these developments, the mood across Europe is sombre and this is reflected in the key colours for the spring/summer 2024 season--which, for the most part, are dark. Prints and patterns are important in the designs of collections for the spring/summer 2024 season. Marbling, painterly brushstrokes and mark making are prevalent. So are gingham, nautical stripes, animal prints, and tropical imagery. The designs which are most popular, however, are dreamlike, ephemeral, and otherworldly--and many of the collections for the spring/summer 2024 season are influenced by alternative universes, fantasy and utopia. Also popular in the designs of collections for the season are fancy and novel fabrics--echoing a joyful spirit, which is a welcome contrast to the sombre mood reflected in the key colours for the season. In addition to fabrics, there was a notable increase in the number of artificial leather materials on display at the fairs compared with previous editions--reflecting demand for bio-based and plant-based alternatives to real animal leather and synthetic leather. Several exhibitors at the fairs demonstrated significant advances in the aesthetics and performance of artificial leather materials, despite criticism from many in the industry that such materials do not show the levels of durability and strength required to compete with real animal leather.
List of contents
Munich Fabric Start
Première Vision Paris
Prints and patterns
Artificial leather materials
APPENDIX: INFLATIONARY AND LEGISLATIVE PRESSURES FACING THE EUROPEAN TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES
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