ARTS THREAD visits this September’s Indigo exhibition in Paris to see what trends are set to hit fashion collections next Autumn/Winter. The creative textile and surface design show exhibits textiles for cushions to dresses and wallpaper to scarves.
The show opened on September 17th and was one of the busiest openings yet with exhibitors easily beating last year’s targets. Prints this year, focus around disrupted florals and geometrics, especially herringbones.
Floral: A strong theme throughout all exhibitors stands and, as always, floral prints steal the show; but this year exhibitors experiment with new techniques and visuals, to bring a new dimension to this timeless trend. Longina Phillips Designs, introduces check florals and mixed florals, with abstract pops of colour and geometric patterns.
Geometry: Another strong trend was the use of geometric patterns, usually combined with other trends to bring a new element to designs. Design Studio Fluxus brings an exciting combination of illustration and geometrics, with a comic feel to stand out to buyers. Surface Print Source sold many smaller geometrics and photographic/digital florals.
Folklore: A continued trend, but a key one none the less for both Amanda Kelly and Bay and Brown, who found clients also loved blurred florals and snakeskins. Amanda Kelly also hit on this trend, stating that visitors are big on hybrids this season.
Print mixing: Many exhibitors have experimented with different techniques and combined prints this show. Paper & Cloth who specialise in mixed media illustration say their clients are all about the technique, but also love their Woodland themes. Jack Jones Design says small scale mixed flowers work well for them, alongside conversational pieces.
Conversational: Adelaide D’ Andigne who focus on children’s wallpapers, also explains that the clients main attraction was for their animal conversational pieces. Although not a bestseller for most, conversational pieces seemed to gain steady sales across the board.
Black and White: This colour trend seemed to split exhibitors with mixed feedback from clients. Abby Lichtman however told me all Europe wants at the moment is moody minerals, with a lot of attention towards her dark, inky, skeletal themed pieces. The Boggia Collection agreed selling a lot more geometric, graphic, monotone pieces alongside those textural fabrics with a summer fresh feel.
Pops of Colour: Looking at colour trends this season, many exhibitors talked about adding pops of colour to designs and patterns. These pops of colour often came in blues/greens, often referring to landscape pieces as well as pinks/purples and red as a strong accent colour here and there.
Textures: Knit- 1’s best seller by far was mohair and any pieces featuring fur, they tell me – it’s all about surface textiles this season. Also doing extremely well with textural designs was Caroline et Bettina who explains stain-effects are key this show.
Animals: Piece of Chic tells ARTS THREAD it is all about photographic prints and buyers love their beast/camel prints. Nancy Parker also impresses clients with their mix of animal plaids and specifically their snakeskins, which was a common theme across the stands. Musticstyle main trend is also close up animal faces and skulls in lace effect.
Figurative: Sublitex-Miroglio Textile has a clear set of trends, including many of the above, but tell ARTS THREAD that standing out for them are figurative collections, which have gained a lot of UK and Italian interest. Alongside are Circleline who are on a roll selling an eclectic range of fun figurative prints, focused around colour blurring and new techniques.
Unique: Alongside Circleline, Design Union do not follow catwalk trends but take their own inspiration from everyday life – a pattern emerging this year, with clients wanting something different and intriguing. Design Union also explores new ways of creating landscape prints.
Art Deco: Art Deco was a phrase heard often at this year’s Indigo, with a lot of William Morris inspired pieces. The Colorfield interprets the era through rich tapestry inspired paisleys. Other key trends for the company are menswear textures and abstract skins.
Look out soon for our ARTS THREAD report on Texprint and also our Indigo Brussels Home report filed earlier this month.