Our selection of the most beautiful linen shown at Milano Unica and Premiere Vision; from the Linen Dream Lab stands to the exhibitors featured in the Linen Itineray, here are the not-to-be-missed S/S19 linen innovations.
DENIM & CASUAL
Raw vs patinated: rough, natural, textured aspects, slubbed and tweeded yarns; basketweavelike
effects in linen and recycled cotton. Eclectic combinations of weaves, shaped stripes, tubular
weaves ; washed, stone-washed, plastered handles. Light linen-wool with felted finish; mélange,
faded, patinated, used colours, pigment dyes in soft and sophisticated denims, or in jersey version.
Solidity and strength: linen is highly suitable for creating hard-wearing canvas, standing up to
mechanical treatments as well as washes and fading.
SPORT & TECHNICAL
Performance and naturalness: the right Sport / Fashion / Technical combo. Stretch jersey, piqué,in pure linen or blends: linen-organic cotton or supima, linen-tencel, linen-nylon, recycled linen-polyester. Mechanical Stretch, natural-synthetic hybrids, compact and resistant textures, waterproof / water repellent coatings between stiffness and suppleness, paper touch, lacquered,wet effects. High performance outdoor finishes. Technical textiles with structural or semi-structural function in 100% flax / linen and in blends associated with resins.
Driven by universal “athleisure” trend, sport goes upmarket thanks to linen and its technical qualities.
Laboratory-tested, linen gets the best results for moisture management – absorption & wicking – equal to viscose and far ahead of cotton and polyester (Source: Cetelor Lab). Flax fibres are natural composites, with remarkable qualities – durability, strength, lightness… – for new application areas in search for bio-sourced materials, footwear, luggage, eyewear, sport
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