At one of the worldâ€™s most influential trade fairs, PremiÃ¨re Vision Paris, which took place last week, The Woolmark Company showcased its latest edition of The Wool Lab along with recent innovations in Merino wool and highlighting the fibre as the premier ingredient in luxury apparel.
The Woolmark Company presented a key selection of innovative wool fabrics, highlighting the fibreâ€™s extraordinary benefits and vast potential. New innovations pave the way forward for the Merino wool industry, allowing it to be a dynamic one that is forever changing.
According to The Woolmark Company Global Strategic Advisor Peter Ackroyd, despite the world continuing to become increasingly casual in clothing choices, they are still experiencing a rise in premium apparel, across both knitwear and wovens.
Among the companyâ€™s exhibits were warp-knit Merino fabrics that extend the range of options for using Merino wool in sports, casualwear and business casual. Warp-knitted fabrics, possessing the stability of wovens with the elasticity of knits, appear an ideal compromise between wovens and jersey weft-knits, as per the company report.
Since the launch of Wool Denim woven fabrics â€“ presented at last yearâ€™s PremiÃ¨re Vision trade show â€“ The Woolmark Company has worked with its partners to develop a wool denim-like yarn to create Knitted Denim. Knitted Denim is popular for womens wear because of its figure-hugging properties and next-to-skin comfort. The fabric can also be used for menâ€™s trouser bottoms in a higher density fabric.
Peter Ackroyd said that France has long-remained the epicentre of womens wear fashion, luxury and excellence. It has always been one of the most important countries for presenting fabric designs and innovations to the global wool community. The Wool Lab remains one of The Woolmark Companyâ€™s most significant tools. It inspires and informs the textile industry, connecting buyers with suppliers of the worldâ€™s best commercially available fabrics and yarns.
For Autumn/Winter 2016-17, The Wool Lab presents seven inspiring themes, four of which are dedicated to womens wear, as wool fabrics continue to become increasingly popular outside of traditional menâ€™s tailoring.
In Normdecor, a contemporary and cosmopolitan woman redefines her concept of elegance through wearing structured but comfortable clothes with deluxe touches; Metropolitan Chalet presents a comfortable and classy style for metropolitan women; Androgyne leverages from the tradition of made-to-measure suits for a classy women; and finally, wool accessories become the key item of the wardrobe in Complements.
Wool Denim (woven) represents a more traditional approach to denim fabrics than Knitted Denim. In Wool Denim the undyed weft yarn is replaced with machine-washable extrafine Merino wool yarns, adding warmth, comfort and improved moisture management.
Mottled Merino woven fabrics feature a special yarn that has been created by randomly mixing untreated and anti-felt treated regions This creates a highly textured and mottled aspect after fabric or garment milling.
Made from 100% Australian Merino wool NEULANA Air is a premium woven fabric, which is said to offer warmth without the weight. By using special treatment technology, a loose-yet-full structure is formed inside the yarn, raising the ratio of fabric volume and weight. The end result is an air-like, soft fabric with voluminous characteristics and an exquisitely soft handle.
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