• Textile View Magazine #121
  • Textile View Magazine #121
  • Textile View Magazine #121
  • Textile View Magazine #121

Textile View Magazine #121


We have crossed the frontier. 2018 will see major growth in the use of Artificial Intelligence as a tool to re-shape the fashion business with major AI innovations to be expected in predictive forecasting, capacity planning, merchandising, automated production and delivery. However, the possibilities with AI go much further than that as developments move its potential way beyond the mechanical into the creative. For example, Amazon is on the verge of creating the first AI designer, with the development of an algorithm that designs clothes by analysing images, copying popular styles and using them to build completely new designs. Meanwhile, enriched data will allow for new opportunities in customer relationship management, improving customer insights and, last but not least, much more reliable demand projection thereby reducing forecasting errors. Twenty percent of executives who took part in the Business of Fashion-McKinsey Global Fashion Survey believe that the use of AI to “reinvent design, merchandising and marketing” will be an important trend. However, there is still a significant number who remain dubious about AI’s lack of flexibility and intuition for it to be a major player in fashion’s deep creative process. This division of thinking is at the forefront of our A/W 19/20 forecasts where we ask the question: “Should the fashion industry be led by algorithms?” and make a strong case for accidental fashion. Above all, we look at fabrics as tools serving fashion as a whole, enabling designers as well as users to mash up looks, to create their own interpretation of garments.



Publisher’s view
There’s a growing appreciation of human-centric behavior that we now look at, asking how deeply this trait runs and analysing its impact on fashion.

Fibres & fabrics
Parts of the industry – the woolen industry in Yorkshire for example - often in small scale and with small start-ups, are not only surviving, but thriving. So a key challenge for 2018 is to attract more young people into the industry – and quickly.

City view
Our city of the moment is Vancouver. This city, associated with an outdoor lifestyle and the launch of athleisure-wear the world over, is undergoing somewhat of a luxury boom.

Season in review: Autumn/Winter 2018/19

From Winter to Winter
Infographics of the development in men’s and women’s retail bestsellers. We analyse the winners of this winter and predict how they will be doing for next winter.

Menswear r-t-w designers
Menswear loves uniforms, literally and ideologically. This explains the ever-commercial popularity of military looks, workwear and sportswear that act as communal, comforting dressing.

Season in focus: Spring/Summer 2019

Womenswear inspirations
The season sees a strengthening of the movement towards responsible design, marking out a transparent production trail and asking ethical questions along the way.

Womenswear colours
Our new summer colours continue to echo the mood of change in fashion and offer a palette that can explore different aesthetics and is adaptable and fluid enough to meet differing needs.

Womenswear Key Looks
There remains an atmosphere of change and the fashion industry needs to be watchful of peripheral influences. Our attention for S/S 19 is drawn to both high and low stimuli at opposite ends of the design spectrum.

Womenswear fabrics
The past is walking with the future in a huge array of textiles from the beginning of time to the future – all aimed at bringing us a more balanced approach to our place in the world and the role of textiles.

Womenswear trimmings and accessories
Stories are intense, bursting with vitality and chemistry, seeking comfort in recollected memories and provoking change for times yet to come.

Casualwear colours and styling
How do you feel? Really. How do your emotions affect your daily interactions, your choices, your life?

Menswear styling, colours and fabrics
We explore themes that range from the melancholy and sensual, the nostalgic and child-like to untold tales found in historic interior references. We end with a vibrant and joyful theme that is indicative of hope.

Forward view: Autumn/Winter 19/20

Womenswear and menswear fabric and colour forecast
Should the fashion industry be led by algorithms? We make a strong case for accidental design, wherein a designer wishes his or her work to achieve a specific goal, but ends up achieving another.

Print design forecast
Design is the essence of fashion. Colour is the expression
of “Sein”. The capital of beauty should not be scraped o the floor of social media, but whole heartedly embraced and invested in. Felt, smelt, touched and heard...

Knitwear forecast
Forms follow structures and natural shapes emerge from an interplay of ribs, and multi textured stripings re-delineate classics.

We live in turbulent times. The transition is continuing and is edging towards a tipping point. However, this only increases resistance, as well as tension. Old systems dig their heels in, blocking and frustrating access to renewal.

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