From vibrant colours and punchy patterns to subtle tweeds and shirt stripes, here are the fabric collections stealing the show for SS18.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Launching at the end of March, Zinc‘s latest collection, Geronimo, is bursting at the seams with powerful patterns and colour.
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.
The prints are rendered on to diverse cloths through a range of print, weave, and embroidery techniques.
Although they’re lovely on their own, they’re even better when thrown together.
Epitomising the decadent spirit of the 1920s, Zoffany have just launched their The Muse collection of lush, plush fabrics and wallpapers.
Encapsulating the sophistication and decadence of this exuberant era, ‘The Muse’ combines modernist style with rich materials to channel cosmopolitan hotel luxe.
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.
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.
The patterns also come in a punchy turquoise, Dizzy, with flashes of hot neon pink, or darker murkier Monk.
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.
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.
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.
The design inspiration of these fabrics are based on men’s fashion, particularly ties and neckwear.
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.
The finely woven flame retardant Trevira fabrics feature various stripes and check patterns, and look striking on curtains and upholstery.