It’s Time for Feel Fashion!
It’s Time for Feel Fashion!
The need to cocoon ourselves through difficult times will present itself in textures inspired by nature. From soft fabrics that bring us closer to the raw fibres to patterned surfaces that reflect those found in the natural world, we’ll be seeking solace in the feel of our clothes.
They say: “We’ll see the texture in the form of waffles and towelling; things to envelope and comfort us. The trend experts at Première Vision, one of the fashion industry’s biggest textile sourcing events, highlighted this as one of their biggest trends for autumn/winter 22 across sportswear, quilted jackets and puffer coats.
Colour makes me happy
On the other end of the spectrum, we’ll be celebrating newfound freedom with bold colours across the spectrum.
they say: “2022 is a colourful season. We are still wearing yellow as we are seeking happiness and comfort from brands and winter florals in orangey shades. It’s easy and fun to play with bold clashing colours for feel-good fashion; think of limes and mauves, and wearing monochromatic statement looks.”Head-to-toe sunshine yellow was spotted on the spring/summer 22 catwalks of Prada and Proenza Schouler. Fiery red dresses made a statement at the British Fashion Awards, one of the last red carpet events of 2021, making it likely to trickle down into the mainstream. Maya Jama, model Kristen McMenamy and designer Molly Goddard were all spotted in the bold shade to warm up the winter event with feel-good fashion.
An eye for detail
Many of us are still not quite ready to let go of our loungewear and minimalist chic but we will look to invest in higher quality versions of those pieces.
They say it’s all about the finishing touches: “We’ll see more details such as hardware, contrasting trims, sophisticated branding. It will be core pieces but in more luxe, elevated fabrics. The shapes won’t change much but it will be those little details that add value to a product.”
Sustainability is key in a lot of minds so we’ll be looking for longevity and quality over quantity. The design will be more considered.
Look to premium brands who do simple style made well like Cos, or hip sustainability-focused labels like Pangaia, Nudie Jeans and Asket who make wardrobe staples designed to last.
In harmony with nature
Fashion brands and shoppers looking to make more environmentally-conscious decisions continues to grow and it will affect the materials we buy. Roy says: “We are exploring a new future and fashion-forward thinking with sustainable fabrics and smart textiles leading the way.
Adidas, Stella McCartney, Lululemon and Kering (the conglomerate that owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and more), invested in Mylo, a new leather-like material grown from mycelium found in mushrooms in 2020 so expect to see these brands bringing it to market more widely.
For those of us for whom the bold, colour splash trend doesn’t appeal, the opposite end of the spectrum will also be just as fashionable thanks to the use of natural dyes.
We’ll be using more natural, sustainable dyeing processes as traditional dyes can be harmful in terms of water use and chemicals. So colours will be softer.
Natural dyes tend to produce less intense colours and earthy greens, browns and yellows are more common. These colours also have a calming effect on us, perfect as we seek comfort in our lives.
Sustainability is key to many minds, so we will look for longevity and quality instead of quantity. The design will be more valued.
There will be more focus on premium brands that deal with simple style, good workmanship, or sustainability-focused labels with key elements of a wardrobe designed to last.