L.A. International Textile Show at The CMC by Jennifer Sharee
 
I attended the first day of the L.A. Textile Show at The California Market Center (CMC).  Designers, Buyers and Manufacturers filled the Penthouse Floor of The CMC excited to view the premier textiles for Spring/Summer 2012 collections.   Geared towards the Contemporary audience, this show provides fashion direction, design services and a vast fabric collection, trend appropriate for the season.  A complimentary seminar program is administered for the full days of the entire show, comprised of notable companies that are the experts in trend forecasting, sustainability alternatives, fabric sourcing and marketing fashion businesses.
 
Let’s get into the summary of what’s trending for S/S ’12!  Don’t be surprised to see the influence of maps on fabrics and in the home.  Apparel, thermal mugs, wall paper, to name a few, will have maps/atlas patterns in this season. The number one color is dark blue and blue colors in general will be prevalent throughout color palettes in collection themes.  Other trends to note in womenswear are watercolor floral patterns, bright colors, neutrals with an emphasis on textured fabric and paired with core colors, and bold geometric prints.  In menswear you’ll see camouflage prints resurface, traditional preppy, edgy styles explores color palettes of plum, rust and teal.   This information was presented by trend and color forecasting company Design Options.  Stylesight, another trend forecasting company, expressed mood themes for womenswear S/S ’12.  The moods are Analogue – Minimalist Theme (skin tones, basic colors and materials), Soul – Celebration of African & Caribbean Cultures (colors of red, olive, turquoise; earthy base reconnects with nature), Manifesto – Celebration of Glamour (feminine, watercolor floral prints, colors of green, pink, red)  and Rebel – Rock & Roll – Rough (neutral color palette infused with tarnished metallic colors, tattoo influence, leopard prints).  Stylesight’s comprehensive presentation elaborated on the colors, moods, materials, prints and silhouettes by each of these themes, supplementing attendees with concise trend direction.  This trade show is rumored to be the fashion industry’s West Coast destination for resources in textile design & production and seminars to inform and inspire the design process.  In my experience, it holds up to its reputation!

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