As more and more things are becoming environmentally friendly and "cruelty-free," fashion is of course being affected. Vegan leather became an alternative to leather not too long ago but has really taken off lately with influential designers such as Stella McCartney campaigning for animal free designs and grassroot companies becoming more popular. Look to see the use of real leather decline and vegan leather pop up in more places - Hannah Exner
Hologenix, manufacturer of Celliant, a responsive textile technology for apparel, bedding and veterinary products, has announced the formation of a Science Advisory Board.
The company 3M, a technology and material product producer, has created a new material called the Scotchlite Reflective Material. It has visibility-enhancing properties and has been "of key interest" to the activewear sector and is now starting to pop up in the fashion sector and all the active-inspired garments that have been seen on the runways lately. - Hannah Exner
Plastic material (Rick Owens). According to Style Sight, the new trending fabric for spring/summer 2013 is plastic. The base for this fabric is cellophane. This fabric creates a new, transparent layering effect that will update the looks next spring. Emma Johnson.
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Tadashi Yanai- Tadashi Yanai, a clothing retailer from Tokyo, is excited about the new fabrics his team has invented. One is a "warmth-generating Uniqlo cloth" called Heattech and the other is a "cooling fabric" called Airism.
Fibers engineered to be silky and wet to the touch are becoming popular for activewear, especially swim and water wear. Usually shiny and iridescent as well - Hannah Exner
Metallic yarns are becoming popular for fall and winter as the perfect accent and pop to warm, chunky knits. Whether it's a frosted silver or warm gold, it adds a little bit of luxury to a simple sweater or scarf.
3M Scotchlite Reflective Materials. According to Style Site, this reflective material, mostly seen on active wear, is being turned into yarn and fabrics for casual wear. This reflective material can be screen printed onto fabrics or spun into yarn. This material puts a new spin on casual wear. Emma Johnson.
This is a cellulose fiber which is an example of a Natural fiber that is one of the two types of fibers (natural and manmade). A Natural fiber consists of animal and plant fibers. These fibers are used to make different types of weaves to make clothing. This is important for forecaster's to understand which fiber's are being used to determine what will be used for clothing based on what is popular. - Brooke M