Velvet is a fiber type that has come and gone over the years but it made a resurgence over the summer in the festival scene with many women mixing velvet separates with other casual pieces. This created a feminine but edgy look which will we continue to see more of as we go further into fall and winter. - Hannah Exner

Velvet is a fiber type that has come and gone over the years but it made a resurgence over the summer in the festival scene with many women mixing velvet separates with other casual pieces. This created a feminine but edgy look which will we continue to see more of as we go further into fall and winter. - Hannah Exner

Fur as an accent has popped up on many runways for Fall 2012 and is being touted as the "most modern way to wear fur" by Style.com. Designers used fur as sleeves, skirts, trims, or hems adding a little bit of luxury and warmth to mostly simple designs. - Hannah Exner

Fur as an accent has popped up on many runways for Fall 2012 and is being touted as the "most modern way to wear fur" by Style.com. Designers used fur as sleeves, skirts, trims, or hems adding a little bit of luxury and warmth to mostly simple designs. - Hannah Exner

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

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

A new fiber type called Celliant has been created which offers clinically proven benefits to the human body. According to Stylesight.com, effects range from "non-invasive pain reduction, increased oxygen levels in tissue, better blood circulation, and balanced body temperature." This fiber is the beginning of a new market of "well-being" fibers. - Hannah Exner

A new fiber type called Celliant has been created which offers clinically proven benefits to the human body. According to Stylesight.com, effects range from "non-invasive pain reduction, increased oxygen levels in tissue, better blood circulation, and balanced body temperature." This fiber is the beginning of a new market of "well-being" fibers. - Hannah Exner

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

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.

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.

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. - Mary N.

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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. - Mary N.

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

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. - 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. - Hannah Exner

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.

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.

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