In the past few seasons, fabric compositions have played an increasingly central role in the move toward circularity, with a product’s end-of-life anticipated from the outset with the choice of the fiber. The elimination of stretch in denim or casual fabrics as well as mono-material compositions in synthetics or natural fibers feature among key steps taken in the quest for recyclability. This season’s proposals are more diverse, with blends that are compatible with recycling, hybridizing natural fibers as well as plant-based materials with artificial cellulosic developments.
One-hundred-percent natural blends add a noble touch to summer essentials. Cotton-silk mixes lend themselves to knitted T-shirts and polo shirts as well as shirting fabrics for refined tops, while suiting fabrics in wool/linen blends are perfect for fresh and elegant tailoring designs. Elsewhere, linen and hemp vie with denim and casual cottons for premium streetwear pieces.
In silks geared to dresses or flowing tops, artificial filaments of viscose, lyocell and Cupro combine with finely slubbed linens and cottons for sophisticated plains that marry a satin luster with the irregularities of plant fibers.
These blends of natural and artificial cellulosic fibers, or plant and animal fibers, are mutually enriching, giving fabrics a more vibrant surface aspect and handle without hampering recycling possibilities. A direction that pays testament to the transformation underway in our industry, promoting an approach to value-added fashion that is rooted in sustainability.