Where do trendsetters, clothing manufacturers and fashion stylists look for textiles inspiration today? This question is being asked by the organizers of the International Textile Exhibition Intertextile Apparel 2023, which will be held in August in Shanghai. The answer is offered to be found here, having studied the new collections and current trends of the autumn-winter 2024/2025 season.
The exhibition is divided into two sessions: Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Autumn Edition and Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition. The first will focus on interior textiles, the second on fabrics for clothing and accessories.
The uncertainty of the modern world dictated the main theme of the exhibition, announced as “Controversy”. Exhibitors, which include about 1,000 international and Chinese exhibitors, are invited to immerse themselves in the exploration of how to use traditional values and new influences in the fashion world: to combine dreams and reality, the material and virtual worlds, yesterday, today and even tomorrow.
The Intertextile Directions Trends Committee consists of four trendsetters: Sachiko Inoue (Tokyo, Japan), NellyRodi Agencies (Paris, France), DONEGER | TOBE (New York, USA) and Elementi Moda (Milan, Italy). The concept of “Contradiction” translates four main theses-trends.
PURIST | What is purity
We are invited to retreat from the sophistication and luxury of high fashion, taking a step back – to silent simplicity and rationality, in order to enjoy peace and serenity. Natural purity and beauty of untouched nature, neutral and natural tones, discreet elegance, natural fabrics are the key concepts of this trend. It is illustrated by natural or undyed but delicately processed materials such as recycled and regenerated fabrics, high quality wool, cashmere or cotton.
NAIVE | Return to simplicity
The source of inspiration is in the craft traditions and production secrets of the masters of the past. Handmade charm, folklore motifs and life in harmony with nature come to the fore. The neo-retro palette is designed to evoke nostalgia and warmth, healing for the modern human mind. This trend will be presented at the exhibition with vintage fabrics, recycled materials, handmade leather, patchwork, jacquard, textile blends of various fibers, as well as novelties that skillfully combine tradition and modernity.
HYPNOTIC | Strength in magnetism
The world of fashion and trends is in many ways a fantasy world. Hence the interest in textiles that combine the ephemeral and the real. Fabulous images appear, amazing patterns and color schemes, peeped in the virtual world, textiles are decorated with beads, fringe and other decor. The trend is represented by a display of premium fabrics including silk, cupro, polyester and cellulose fiber.
SPECTACULAR | We create impressions
This trend is dedicated to the “breathtaking scene with an inexplicable atmosphere”, when genuine luxury, decorative elements and experimental aspects merge together, uniting the real and virtual worlds. In the world of textiles, the trend is represented by dense and dark fabrics with extravagant, dramatic, luxurious features and elements of sustainability. It is richly embellished jacquard, bold designer embroidery, thick satin, elegant tweed, metallic finish and layered gold.