Letter From Paris: Interfiliere July 2015
“Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive and excited as well. She looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree trunks; she could still see the open doorway of the wardrobe and even catch a glimpse of the empty room from which she had set out.” — The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis.
Kathryn is the co-founder of Pink Bra Bazaar, a charity dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer. She is also founder of Paris Lingerie Tours and offers exclusive lingerie tours as an unusual alternative to the regular tourist attractions.
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Like the mythical land of Narnia, the enchanting world of Interfilière Paris is visible to anyone who believes in the magic of imagination. This past weekend, alongside Mode City, Interfilière Paris inspired new concepts for industry professionals in the lingerie, swimwear, activewear, and accessories sectors. Interfilière is where the creative elite go for inspiration and to select the fibers, yarns, fabrics and laces to create collections imbued with emotion. Textiles and fashion are so intricately linked that the interplay of texture, color, and drape influence how our bodies move, breathe, and feel.
As Interfilière celebrates its 30th anniversary, here are TLJ’s Top 3 Select of an extraordinary showcase of innovation and creativity. Happy Birthday Interfilière!
1. Sustainability & Design
Sensitive® Fabrics shape body contours and provide support without constriction.
« Sustainable development » is no longer a lofty goal discussed at conferences or part of long-term strategic objectives. A spotlight on two companies, Eurojersey and Asahi Kasei, reflect a growing committment to maintaining high quality and production standards while actively changing the textile landscape and preserving the environment in the process.
Eurojersey: Selected Designer of the Year 2015 by Interfilière and Paris Capitale de la Création, this Italian company was founded in 1960 and is internationally recognized for its warp-knits patented Sensitive® Fabrics. The knitting process involves connecting the loops either in the warp (vertical) or weft (horizontal) direction. Eurojersey’s exclusive patent involves wrapping microfiber around a Lycra® fiber to create a single thread. (The generic name for Lycra® is spandex and is what brings stretch and gentle shaping to fabrics.) The resulting thread reduces thickness by 50% and creates a compact, ultralight, flat and smooth surface compared to traditional knit fabrics.
High resolution digital printing creates textures and refined details.
Exclusive print technologies provide high degrees of definition. Digital Printing optimizes colors and graphics with the innovative 3D Print creating the illusion of three-dimensional fabric. The EcoPrint technology uses a pigment for contrasting effects that saves considerably on water, energy, and emissions compared to conventional printing methods.
Eurojersey’s commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected in their energy-efficient factory as the water that cools the plant is re-used, allowing 30 million litres of warm water to be recovered every year. This creates an energy savings of over 200 TOE (ton oil equivalent). In high demand, Eurojersey produces more than 36 million feet of fabric per year.
Cupro can produce both staple (spun yarn) as shown on the left, and continuous filament fibers as shown on the right for a wide range of applications.
Asahi Kasei: A Japenese yarn supplier recognized for their innovative fiber products ROICA® and Cupro. Offering premium stretch, ROICA® is a family of versatile spandex fibers. The high elasticity and strong recovery properties of ROICA® enhance quality and comfort to a full range of fabrics suitable for the intimates market, such as lingerie, hosiery, and yoga wear.
Luster and softness in this lightweight satin-woven body made with 100% Cupro filament yarn.
Launched at Interfilière, ROICA® Eco-Smart is the world’s first eco-friendly stretch yarn to offer soft shaping and enhanced light weight comfort. The manufacturing process recycles more than 50% industrial waste materials.
Cupro’s 4 stages: Jar #1: Cotton plant; Jar #2: Cotton linter, the short, downy fiber around the cotton seeds that is ususally discarded is gathered and removed of all impurities; Jar #3: Ready to be spun into yarn with man-made technology and Jar #4: Cupro is biodegradable.
Cupro is a regenerated manmade fiber made from cotton linter, part of the cotton plant which is ordinarily discarded. The origins of Cupro date back to the 19th century when the German company J.P. Bemberg commercialized a new textile technology called the cuprammonium process. In 1928, this technology was introduced to Asahi Kasei and the company built a plant and worked to improve the quality of Cupro and expand its applications. Soft and smooth to the touch, Cupro doesn’t irritate delicate skin. A highly breathable fiber, Cupro quickly absorbs and releases moisture into the air, making it comfortable to wear all year round.
2. Trends AW 16/17
Uncompromising comfort and aesthetics isn’t a trend, it’s a lifestyle. As a result, seasons continue to become less important as consumers apply the same philosophy to their apparel selection.
From left to right: Charmed fabric selection, AW16/17 Color Card and the AW16/17 Forum.
The trend forum revealed four main themes — Enchanted, Charmed, Liberated, and Empowered. Jos Berry, Director of Concepts Paris, designed the fairytale space to highlight the interplay of light and shade, details, beauty, and humour to offer designers a variety of interpretations and directions for finding inspiration.
3. Momenti di Passione #2
A creative look at trends for Summer 17.
An ode to beauty, a celebration of pleasure, and a sneak peak at Beachwear trends for Summer 2017. Inspired by the theme Vitality, the collaboration of ten international stylists created a rich and diverse atmosphere for exchange and discovery.