Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone have closed their last edition held from 24 to 26 January 2023 in Munich, MOC and Zenithalle.
Despite the widespread market situation and a transportation strike started on the second day of the show in Berlin, Munich Fabric Start kept its position as a key meeting point for fashion and denim insiders.
A positive and busy mood pervaded the show and a festive atmosphere enlivened the crowded party held on at the closing of the first day of the show, taking place in the exclusive nearby Motorworld location.
“Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone have been very well attended, and we had busy days full of serious business talk, decision-making and of course about trends, new fabrics and materials for s/s 2024,” commented Sebastian Klinder, managing director, Munich Fabric Start.
Lots of interesting trends and material innovation were disclosed during the show. The SPIN OFF picked the key topics presented at the show.
Among most significant trends and innovations in sportswear fabrics and denim presented within the show for s/s 2024 there was, for instance, a strong return of denim added with studs, pearls, crystals and other decorations and shining elements as presented by Strom Denim, Isko, Isko Luxury By PG. Lurex is also a strong trend - either woven or added as a permanent coating on the surface of the fabric - as presented, among others, by Berto and Isko Luxury by PG.
Interesting surface effects, evident agings, fringes and patchwork effects are a not to be missed aspect as developed by Elleti, Rudolf Hub 1922 and Cotton Fashion, this last one in particular made by using organic cotton and entirely manufactured in Greece, through a traceable value chain.
A trend running through the show was the chic reinterpretation of some classic country-inspired and modern ethnic denim pieces as presented by Berto and Evlox, along with others releasing special jacquard motives on the garment’s surface, like Elleti.
For many players within the market, regenerative cotton and other natural fibers are becoming the new must-have fiber as they are a valid alternative to organic cotton, they cost less and there are relatively higher quantities available.
Among some of the newest developments, Evlox presented a series of denims all made with Regen, a Made in Spain denim using regenerative cotton certified by Regenagri.
Orta also presented a selection of fabrics made with 100% Gen-R, regenerative cotton fabrics.
Circularity makes its way
Circularity continues to play an important role in developing new solutions for the industry, as discussed during a round table powered by Isko and hosted by Textilwirtschaft in collaboration with the show.
Dyed with love
Officina39 has developed Smart Black, an innovation meant to revolutionize the bleaching process of black-dyed apparel that allows to obtain light colors from black-colored textiles without the use of caustic soda. The process can be achieved at temperatures like 50°, much lower when compared with the 70°-80° average that the standard processing requires. Moreover, as its application involves only one step of maximum 30 minutes instead of the traditional three-step process, it helps save energy significantly.
Rudolf Hub 1922 has developed new chemical agents that can replace traditional stone washing. The company has launched Rucolase DWS, a high-performance abrasive auxiliary for denim that contains Bioscrape, a biological bio-abrasive made entirely from natural waste and entirely free of sand.
New washing ways
Evlox has introduced DryStone, a selection of denims that look like they are stone washed denim, although no washing is required.
Le Faxx Jeans has presented Knotwashed, a new washing technique that, instead of pumice stones, uses special knots made with recycled plastic fibers. According to this method, manufacturers can save water up to 50% and reduce chemical waste as the knots don’t release any harmful microplastics.
Among other innovation presented during the show there was Brother, the well known manufacturer of sewing and embroidering machines, that presented a new special technology for 3-D Printing on denim and jersey, underlining how important customization will be for long.