Embellishments and prints to rule at Textile Forum

For this March’s Textile Forum there will be an even greater choice of embellished and textured fabrics for designers looking to be inspired

“Fabric designers have produced some of the most elaborate ranges we have seen at Textile Forum since the show was launched in 2002,” says co-founder and organiser Linda Laderman. “Suppliers have moved up a gear when it comes to creativity in texture, pattern and colour and are keen to introduce British quirkiness in design and artisanal techniques, to provide exciting collections to tempt fabric buyers.

“While there is an overall mood of optimism among the majority of exhibitors, there is no doubt that trade is going to be more difficult this year and prices have risen a little. With the decision to leave the EU and the uncertain consumer market, innovation, matched with exceptional service, are going to be the keystones for winning business.”

At Bella Tela, the Koh-i-Nor diamond and regal florals found within the British monarchy regalia, have provided the inspiration for its spring/summer 18 collection. Called Ethereal, it features 100 new designs and has used traditional artisan techniques mixed with delicate laser and intricate embroidery, with colours inspired by the fragmentation of light that occurs through the stone.

James Hare is responding to the return of colour in bridalwear with two new pastels - spring rose and blue prism - introduced into its chantilly lace group and a rose to co-ordinate with its crepe backed satin and chiffon palette. Lace continues to be strong with a new intricately patterned guipure for a traditional gown with a modern twist.

Michael’s Bridal Fabrics, which has also extended its range of laser cuts with 3D effects, has a guipure with laser cut panels and another with embroidery and beading. It has also introduced its first print designs, including one on silk organza and will also have some new Italian jacquards.

As more brides now realise that the back of their dress is as important as the front, Michael’s Bridal Fabrics is offering a back panel design with a crystal/beaded motif on each shoulder area, which is linked together by several layers of looped crystal or clear beaded bands.
Best known for its plain styles, Pongees has recognised the importance of prints in spring 2018 and has pulled together a wide range of plain fabrics that are prepared for digital printing. These include crepe satins, double crepes, crepe de chines, chiffons, georgettes and habotais, twills and jerseys.

For menswear, shirtings specialist Ringhart Fabrics is again opting for British style with traditional Tattersall checks in updated shades, along with textured plain fabrics aimed at younger men looking for an investment piece.

The event takes place this week at its central London venue, One Marylebone, 15-16 March 2017 - make sure you’re there!


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