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Janet Prescott

Expert Opinion

8th October 2018, Paris

Knits at PV – colourful, complex and sustainable

Jersey in cotton, wool, linen or Tencel picked up the comfort trend. © Janet PrescottKnitted fabrics for Autumn/Winter 2019/20 gave more than a nod to sustainability. A mix of different fibres, weights and constructions, with knit and weave complementing each other, contributed to the cheerful visual in Premiere Vision Paris in September. The trends show the versatility of knit as a medium which responds quickly to technical advances and design.

Although aimed for winter, many jerseys and lightweight knitted fabrics were semi-transparent, like Eusebio’s in the trend area, in small stitch graphic micro designs and very fine yarns. Woollen knitted fabrics tended to be more chunky, substantial designs in large dramatic jacquards and large gauge loops and bouclés in warm ginger and dark red colours. Menswear jackets from knitted fabric are versatile, fit for both work and play, cool for work and casual enough with jeans; trends seen at Pitti Uomo and London Fashion Week so there was an increase in semi-formal knitted fabrics; double-face soft grey wools for coats and jackets, e.g. by Toki Sen-I Japan or Alberto Bardazzi, Italy, some in boiled wools or pin-striped smooth knit fabrics.

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