Innovation And Technology Drive US Fashion Fabric Exhibition
New York, NYOctober 24, 2002The eyes of leading designers, garment makers, retailers, and buyers widened in New York City this past week, as the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition proved to be the leading U.S. venue for textile resources. The final results were very positive, with a total of over 10,000 pre-registered attendees, and an increase in attendance of 23 percent over the past year. Over 400 booths showcased their goods at the exhibition, a total of 12 percent growth since the last show, this past March. The International Fashion Fabric Exhibitions worldwide appeal stems from its high-end creative and directional fabric, trim and leather exhibitor base. Designers and manufacturers fill the aisles searching for that new look that keeps them ahead of the fashion curve. "It is a great way to find new resources without having to travel all the way to Europe to find them," quips Betsey Johnson. D&N Textiles of Beverly Hills, a company known industry-wide for high-end novelty goods featured printed and brushed lace, stretch velvet in dynamic color patterns, and unique embroidery details across the range. African inspired motifs were prevalent throughout the show floor. As-Hro Fabrics, a U.S. resource, exhibited muds, prints, batik rayons, animal prints, patchwork, silk, and vegetable dye prints. Human designs, patched suede, and fabrics finished with cowery shells or lurex were some of As-Hros hottest items. MC Clols, from Barcelona Spain, featured innovative leathers and suedes. Their skins were inspiring for both garments and accessories. Indeed, the printed leather was especially eye-catching when it came to their denim and color changing finishes. Newcomer, Yildirimlar Tekstil, from Turkey, showcased "low maintenance" fabrics. Beautiful knitted fabrics and rayon georgette prints made Yildirimlars first New York show a huge success. Rex Fabrics, from California, proved to be a notable exhibitor, with the very fashion-forward lame foil and P.U. coated tricots, that splashed the pages of W magazine with the wet look, this month. The International Fashion Fabric Exhibitions resources have also proven to be perfect for designers and product development managers who are interested in mixing innovative technology with style. "The International Fashion Fabric Exhibition offers the most comprehensive textile and trim assortment in all of North America. Most importantly, however, is the abundance of technology that is brought to New York from all over the world," states up and coming designer Alice Roi. Ultrasuesdes newest line, The European Collection, creates special effects that result in faux fur, graphic prints, quilting effects, and lasered open work, which resemble knits. Toyoshima of Japan, introduced its "Easy Care Wool," heralded as the "worlds first" wool that can be worn the same day that it is washed. The Taiwan Textile Federation introduced its revolutionary process, HydraPore, which absorbs perspiration quickly and pushes it outward, allowing it to evaporate quickly. Saxon Textiles U.S. debut of Duponts new T-400 stretch polyester certainly came across as a show favorite. The International Fashion Fabric Exhibitions first of two shows is slated for this coming spring, March 11 through March 13, 2003 at The Jacob Javits Convention Center.