AW18: Pitti Filati Tradeshow Takeaways
Autumn/ Winter 18 tradeshows have kicked off with Pitti Filati, showcasing the latest yarn and knitwear advancements for next winter. Although there were many new and exciting compositions and blends being demonstrated, the key overriding messages from the show were natural fibres and tactility.
Fine quality cashmeres, plush silk blends, superfine alpaca and superkid mohair were in abundance at Pitti Filati in extra soft handles. These luxury naturals focused on tactility with fluffy and plush textures adding to the overall aesthetic. A commercial takedown of these yarns would be to blend 5% cashmere or mohair into wool or synthetic blends, for that added touch of luxury.
Winter Cotton Blends
Continuing the natural message were cotton blends, an unusual yarn message for the winter season. These cottons came in beautiful stitches such as honeycomb, ladder and reversed cable stitches which created a chunky, comfortable and voluminous aesthetic.
Tactile, soft textures such as Astrakhan furs in luxury naturals of mohair, alpaca and yak, mohair blended boucle and chenille yarns were hard to miss at this season’s Pitti Filati. The influence of velvet and fur from the wider apparel market has clearly inspired knitwear manufacturers to replicate these plush textures through brushed, tufted and boucle techniques. AW18 knitwear encourages wrapping up in these cosy, soft textures, continuing the Danish trend of ‘hygge’.
Active lifestyles and the continual popularity of ath-leisure has inspired knitwear manufacturers to deliver to these customer demands, stimulating new developments in technical yarns. One of the latest advancements being showcased at Pitti Filati were silicone coated nylons which were heat insulating, absorbent and offered antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties. Merino and superfine wools created a luxe, lightweight base for these performance effects, again creating a soft and tactile garment.