"Held from September 17-19, 2019, latest edition of Premiere Vision in Paris showcased innovations for F/W 2020-21. Well-attended by top international buyers and insiders, the show held a number of meetings and networking activities. Focusing on sustainability, the fair displayed several new age materials and products in its Smart Creation area. One of them was Reda Flexo, a new merino wool fabric with an eco-friendly stretch fiber added to it. "
Held from September 17-19, 2019, latest edition of Premiere Vision in Paris showcased innovations for F/W 2020-21. Well-attended by top international buyers and insiders, the show held a number of meetings and networking activities. Focusing on sustainability, the fair displayed several new age materials and products in its Smart Creation area. One of them was Reda Flexo, a new merino wool fabric with an eco-friendly stretch fiber added to it. Also on display were cotton fabrics produced with Supreme Green Cotton, a variety of OGM free cotton grown by Greek manufacturer and cotton grower Varvaressos, whose cotton fields are irrigated according to a pioneering satellite-powered drip irrigation system using Israeli innovative technologies that customise water pouring and help save up to 40 per cent water.
Tanned leathers and biodegradable fabrics
Innovations by leather manufacturers and tanners included Evolo by Sciarada. This is a new variety of leather which is tanned by reusing raw materials without additional chrome. This reduces the level of water consumption and recycling leather from the tanning process. Other tanners who offered their environmentally friendly leathers included Dani, Chiorino and Raynaud.
Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn showcased 100 per cent Naia fabrics that are more biodegradable. The brand also offered new blends with other sustainable fibers such as cellulosic fibers, wool, bamboo and silk, while offering sports mesh entirely made with Naia.
Sportswear and outdoor brands displayed their performance and eco-friendliness fabrics. Prominent among these was Polartec, the polar fleece specialist, which showcased a special material that aims to be more sustainable as it is trying to cover its fleece with two matelassè strata that prevent the microplastic fibers to be released when washed.
Wool and other fabrics for winter
Sensitive Fabrics by Eurojersey offered a wide selection of prints, which though similar to checked and herringbone wools, are doubled with other Sensitive Fabrics on the inner side to enable them to be used for winter jackets and coats also.
Estethia G.B. Conte, a division of Marzotto Group, launched new line technical wools known as Wool+ which can be worn during commuting and other daily activities. . Redaelli Velluti presented its Super Velvet three-layer waterproof fabric and also a selection of Primaloft eco-friendly materials that are worked as fake-furs, are super soft and as beautiful as natural ones.
Schoeller launched it Proearth collection of biodegradable textiles designed for lifestyle, fashion and outdoor categories. These textiles are made with virgin polyester optimised for biodegradation and tested to biodegrade at faster and better rates than competitive offerings. For this fall the offer includes fabrics for jacket, pant and lining material qualities with various color options.
Bio-technical treatments on display
Denim exhibitors displayed innovative bio-technical treatments such as those developed by M Blue including Avocado Finish and Lanolin Finish adding softening properties, and Stay Fresh, adding odor-control properties to garments. Shinjentex presented a special enzyme wash that requires no further garment washing after the treatment. Also new was the selection of denims offered by Hemp Fortex that also uses fibers like hemp, wild silk and yak hair.
Innovations also ruled the products displayed by shirting specialists. Canclini, for instance, offered Canclini 1925, a series of more casual shirting fabrics available in different weights, patterns and weaves, such as checked fabrics for over shirts and leisure time shirts, and in chambray and lightweight indigo denim alternatives.