Preview S/S 23 : Sport & Tech

For spring-summer 23, Sport & Tech deepens its performance features and strengths with an economy of expression.

The eco-design of textile and accessory products slips quietly but firmly into compositions and finishings. The newest proposals are also taking aim at the release of dangerous micro-plastics.
While visuals refrain from excess, the same can’t be said for the season’s surprising handles. They’re captivating, with a dry crispness, a crepe-like grain and a dynamic snap, promising sporty city apparel with an ultra-sensory minimalism.

Appealingly dry handles

One’s first reaction? Astonishment! The hand lingers over the surprising feel of these materials. Crepe grains? For sport fabrics? Tiny-grained surfaces and featherweight products with an almost arid feel upset the typical tactile experience. These super-light, technology-charged fabrics generate a high-performance fluidity whose unique feel is sure to be a game-changer. Dry and springy, they flap like sails in the wind, with an eye-catchingly turbulent, dynamic elegance.

Broadening the uses (of knits and wovens)

For several seasons, knits and wovens have been swapping identities to expand their potential uses. Knits have deftly grown more stable, and wovens more flexible. Their traditional attributes are freshly called into question.
Fine, dense knits – at once stable and extra-flexible – are a prime choice for distinctly outerwear uses. Wovens take on the bi-stretch flexibility of jerseys. Their unrestrained comfort makes them right for pants as well as tops and smaller items.

A feeling for discretion

Urban mobility and sporty energy, elegance and performance continue to cross-hybridize their DNA. But this season, elegance clearly wins out in terms of visuals! Fabrics and accessories have a chic neatness, a minimalism enriched with cutting-edge functions. Structures are invisible, texture is scarce, but there’s a strong presence of fine, high-density poplins and canvas. Homage is paid to cotton, which edges away from its outdoor-wear connotations, flirting instead with shirts and trench coats.  Featherweights and technical transparencies give way to a lightness that’s more opaque and above all stronger. High-resistance products vie for fineness and evenness, a far cry from that “virile” look they formerly embraced.

Accessory selections with a pared-down technology

Accessories team pared-down forms with a light-handed technology. Matt gums and resins coat braids and ribbons with an enveloping mattness; rings and fasteners are sharply colored and ultra-neat; and zippers play on a graphic visibility. Ribbons and zips draw their inspiration from carbon fiber and technical textiles, while transparent components, buckles and buttons are sculpted from a solid mass.

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