Trend alert: The hottest new fabrics for spring

From vibrant colours and punchy patterns to subtle tweeds and shirt stripes, here are the fabric collections stealing the show for SS18.

MODERN COLOUR

Paola Navone is the mastermind behind Rubelli’s latest, and strikingly colourful Kieffer collection. The thread that weaves the variety in the fabrics together? The unique imperfection of handmade items.

The collection includes lightweight fabrics such as gauze, cotton texturised by raffia inserts, linen mixed with jute fibres, cosy tweed and super fine velvet.

Toile de Jute 17266, £102 per metre.

Leaning on the pop positive trend, the TOILE DE JUTE (pictured above and below) sub-collection is ultra colourful, the pop vibe aiming to transform day-to-day objects into modern icons. The fabric is made from a combination of linen and jute that enhances the untamed nature of these fibres. Apparently rough and with a lived-in appearance, the fabric is super soft and has that worn feel.

Toile de Jute 17266, £102 per metre.

The ALLOVER sub-collection is inspired by the retro geo trend. A great multi-tasker, Allover has an understated micro jacquard texture which creates raised areas and therefore the effect of a rippled surface. It’s particularly pleasing to the touch thanks to the use of chenille alternated with cotton weaves.

Allover 17265, Guro 17269, Outmap 17264, Netnet 17252

The BOUTIS G.L fabric has a bohemian edge to it. Romantic, lyrical and informal atmospheres combined with velvety surfaces and colours create a fairytale look across the colourways. The fabrics have a cosy and soft look and feel, when layered together they look ethereal.

Boutis G. L. 17271, Allover 17265, Lin Bombé 17244, Défilé 17227, Kusa 17250, Velours Tresse 17229. £232 per metre

The 1970s are a constant source of inspiration. Underground creativity and Afro-American street style influences the ALOHA sub-collection. The use of raffia plaited with cotton references ancient techniques and has an ethnic feel. In Aloha, the jacquard pattern, deliberately interrupted and fragmented, creates a sort of patchwork effect and an irregularity in the style of a handmade fabric.

Aloha 17268, Guro 17269, Outcross 17260. £122 per metre.

Although this family of fabrics is born out of imperfection as a quality, source of inspiration and amusement, they all look pretty darn gorgeous to us.

DESERT CHIC

Launching at the end of March, Zinc‘s latest collection, Geronimo, is bursting at the seams with powerful patterns and colour.

Wall hanging and bench in Loco, Rainbow, Z539/02, £119.00 per metre. Cushions in Chepi, Rainbow, Z559/01, £125.00 per metre, Wigwam, Rainbow, Z545/06, £119.00 per metre, Geronimo, Mud Cake, Z538/04, £139.00 per metre. All Zinc Textile

The collection has a distinct desert-chic vibe, with plenty of Navajo inspired motifs and colours.

Trippy patterns and vivid colours give a fresh twist to the Navajo theme whilst chunky fabrics formed of jute and subtly refined linen refer to the more rustic origins of this important trend, adding textural intrigue to the collection.

Chair in Peyote, Ember, Z541/04, £90.00 per metre. All Zinc Textile.

The prints are rendered on to diverse cloths through a range of print, weave, and embroidery techniques.

Sofa in Wigwam, Klein, Z545/03, £119.00 per metre. Cushions in Algonquin, Klein, Z535/04, £119.00 per metre, Ganado, Klein, Z542/04, £119.00 per metre. All Zinc Textile.

Although they’re lovely on their own, they’re even better when thrown together.

JEWEL TONES

Epitomising the decadent spirit of the 1920s, Zoffany have just launched their The Muse collection of lush, plush fabrics and wallpapers.

Curtains: Wydham 332898. Wallpaper: Oblique Mini 312767. Sofa: Gala 332956. Stool: Brook 332916. Cushions: Wydham 332898, Birodo 332417, Tashio 322647, all from Zoffany at Style Library

Encapsulating the sophistication and decadence of this exuberant era, ‘The Muse’ combines modernist style with rich materials to channel cosmopolitan hotel luxe.

Curtains: Hepworth 332899 £78 per m. Wallpaper: Tashio 312748 £295 per panel (check code). Sofa: Brik 332880 £78 per m. Stool: Brooks 332918 £98 per m. Chairs: Leighton 332702 £115 per m. Cushions: Siddal 332887 £89 per m, Hennings 332884 £98 per m, Hepworth 332899 £78 per m, Ozias 332921 £68 per m, Quartz Velvet 331625 £112 per m. All from Zoffany at Style Library

Just as Orientalism captured the imagination of the era, there is a distinct Far Eastern thread running through the collection. The striking designs, opulent in both colour and texture, are bold and captivating, beguiling and sensual.

The collection builds on previous signature Zoffany collections, Phaedra and Boleyn, with a sumptuous palette based on the brand’s ‘Alchemy of Colour’ – a palette of colours distilled down to their original ‘essence’ and based on jewel-like colours found within the Zoffany archive.

URBAN VELVETS

Blackpop‘s maximalist patterned velvets punk up the rich tapestry of the past, to create opulent yet random anarchic and kaleidoscopic patterns. Blackpop have added their signature twist to the Rosetta design, mixing influences of ancient
iconography and Dutch Delft design to create a kaleidoscopic style print in clashing colours.

Rosetta, £144 per metre from Blackpop

The patterns also come in a punchy turquoise, Dizzy, with flashes of hot neon pink, or darker murkier Monk.

Dizzy, £144 per metre from Blackpop

TWEED

Ashley Wilde‘s Riverford fabric collection features dappled tweeds and textured fabrics embroidered with brushstroke designs, alongside modern geometric patterns and organic textures.

Bed upholstered in Nix Indigo, cushions upholstered in Linton Sky, Betula Sky and Ettrick Indigo, all from Ashley Wilde

Inspired by landscape paintings, the collection celebrates the relationship between art and nature, fusing the traditional with the contemporary. Ikats, tweeds and botanical prints have never looked so harmonious.

Ottoman upholstered in Nix Indigo, curtains upholstered in Linton Sky, cushion in Rye Sky, all Ashley Wilde

HISTORIC

Arley House has collaborated with the V&A to launch four designs from the museum’s archive, translated into new colourways and textures onto soft rich velvet or classic cotton linen.

Chaise Longue upholstered in Pagoda in Mocha, Arley House

Pagoda is taken from an original design by avant-garde designer Frederick Vigers; and Heraldic Birds, Rolling Leaves and Lacewings are reinterpreted from patterns by Lewis Foreman Day, a designer best known for his textiles, ceramics, wallpapers, and writings on the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Lacewing and Pagoda have been given a luxurious finish on velvet. Heraldic Birds and Rolling Leaves are available on cotton linen, giving a classic look to curtains and blinds.

Curtains upholstered in Lacewing in Duck Egg, Chair in Lacewing in Gold, both Arley House

SHIRT FABRIC

Launched during Design WeekDedar‘s latest collection of fabrics is based on men’s shirts and ties.

Chairs upholstered in Alumnus, colour Tomato Soup, available from Dedar

The design inspiration of these fabrics are based on men’s fashion, particularly ties and neckwear.

Sofa upholstered in Alumnus by Dedar

The Long stripes, figurative patterns, small geometric designs make them perfect for curtains, retro-curtains and upholsteries but they can also be used for bedroom linen due to their fine and delicate yarns.

This is the Alumnus in Celadon, from Dedar

The finely woven flame retardant Trevira fabrics feature various stripes and check patterns, and look striking on curtains and upholstery.

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