For three days, MUNICH FABRIC START was the centre of the textile and clothing industry. Just over 20,000 visitors – designers, product managers and buyers of international brands and companies – came to Munich. The event also reached the record level of 1,050 exhibitors. Overall, the organisers can look back on a constant result based on last year’s comparable figures.
The latest edition of MUNICH FABRIC START from 4 to 6 September 2018 was a unique demonstration of perspectives, innovations, of what is possible and, more importantly, of what is feasible – translated into over 1,800 trendsetting collections for Autumn.Winter 19/20. Supplemented by the spectacular trend and colour forums for fabrics and additionals in the foyer of the MOC as very aesthetically staged product infotainment whetting visitors’ appetites for the collection ranges from the companies exhibiting in the yet again fully booked halls, atriums and studios.
Innovation and sustainability themes were once again among the key aspects at MUNICH FABRIC START. For instance, KEYHOUSE showcases new paths into the future for the sector: from state-of-the-art digitalisation applications and sustainable audience magnets in the Sustainable Innovations area to the smart and networked visions for the world of tomorrow.
Demonstrating the extent of interest in the issue of sustainability were the very well-attended ReSOURCE categories featuring sustainable fabric and additionals innovations, rounded off by expert lectures. Many visitors exploring this theme for the first time were curious and happy to be advised on this topic.
The premiere of the BLUEZONE Festival staged in a street-life setting in the outdoor space around the Zenith venue additionally promoted the trade fair as a community platform. Visitors found the setting here – with its Denim Atelier, stands displaying denim one-offs and street food trucks – ideal for relaxed exchange and inspiration among the otherwise very business-oriented conversations.
EXPERT CONFERENCE PATTERNS
The expert conference patterns x.0 on the digitalisation of the value chain was held already for the second time now – as a cooperation between b4b GmbH and MUNICH FABRIC START. Visionaries and movers and shakers at international companies shed light on new perspectives for the digital future heralding in a new era of the fashion systems. The speakers here included Hans Hoegstedt, CEO at Miroglio, Jan Wilmking, CEO at zLabels, Magnus Edholm, CEO at Siemens and Dr. Andres Brill, Managing Partner at b4b GmbH. Serving as the host at this high-calibre event targeting a high-profile audience was once again Holger Knapp, Managing Director at Deutscher Fachverlag.
The next MUNICH FABRIC START will be held from 29 to 31 January 2019. The BLUEZONE will run from 29 to 30 January 2019.
Kinky Boots, the award-winning Broadway musical, will land in Italy in November, debuting at MICAM.
Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots tells the story of a young footwear manufacturer, who through a truly “alternative” collection finds a way to relaunch his family business which is in dire straits.
Presented for the first time in Italy, featuring the music of Cyndi Lauper and the Italian direction of Claudio Insegno, the show tells the story of the strange friendship between the young Charlie Price and the drag queen Lola, whose musical shows become the inspiration for the design of a collection of sensual boots for women, which are, however, able to bear the weight of a man en travesti. Thanks to the collection, the young manufacturer is able to realise his dream of reaching Milan and, specifically, its fair dedicated to this essential accessory.
The desire for redemption, the ability to dare, friendship, and openness to that which is different are just some of the themes that this lightest of musicals, winner of six Tony Awards, presents to its viewers.
A story so unique and so strongly linked to the world of footwear, that it could only be welcomed with enthusiasm by MICAM, the very fair alluded to by the characters as their desired point of arrival into the world of international fashion.
For this reason, MICAM wanted to sponsor the debut of the show which, from the end of November, will entertain and move viewers at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan.
Kinky Boots will continue its dialogue with the public again during Fashion Week. On September 21st at 6pm near the booth in Piazza San Babila, passers-by will be surprised by a dazzling dance and will become part of a musical-inspired flash-mob with a group of magnificent Drag Queens led by Lola herself.
Under Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, Burberry is turning over a new leaf as it will cease its practice of putting unsaleable products into a landfill with immediate effect. Starting with the Italian designer’s first collection, which he will premiere at London Fashion Week on September 17th at 5 pm, the company will go fur-free.
“Modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible,” Marco Gobbetti, Burberry’s chief executive officer, said of the in-house mission to go greener. “This belief is core to us at Burberry and key to our long-term success. We are committed to applying the same creativity to all parts of Burberry as we do to our products.”
Chanel will be holding its December show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it will be showcasing its next Métiers d’Art collection. The show will be held December 4th, 2018, with further details about the show to be revealed soon. Introduced by Karl Lagerfeld in 2002, the Métiers d’Art show sparked the industry’s pre-collection hype and has become one of the brand’s most important deliveries to itself as a house and to the industry alike.
KENZO brought their latest short film to New York Fashion Week, where they debuted “The Everything” starring Milla Jovovich and Jay Ellis. Directed and written by KENZO creative director Humberto Leon, the film surrounds “a family of teenagers with unusual powers.” This is Leon’s directorial debut and first short film for KENZO with co-creative director Carol Lim. The film features Kenzo’s F/W 2018 collection and Kenzo – La Collection Memento N3.
Follow the link below to watch the full film.
Hedi Slimane, the designer, who has been appointed artistic, creative and image director of Céline in January, has unveiled the redesigned logo of the designer house. The new Céline logo has the “É” missing and is directly inspired by the original, historical version that existed in the 1960s. Furthermore, the spacing between the letters has been balanced out and the letters have been brought closer together.
In an Instagram post on the Celine account it was captioned “THE ACCENT ON THE “E” HAS BEEN REMOVED TO ENABLE A SIMPLIFIED AND MORE BALANCED PROPORTION, EVOKING THE CELINE COLLECTIONS OF THE 1960’S WHERE THE ACCENT WASN’T USED OFTEN.”
In the first week of October, Fashion for Good will open its brand new Fashion for Good Experience in Amsterdam. The Experience will be an interactive technology-driven museum focusing on sustainable and circular fashion and innovation. The museum aims to change the hearts and minds of visitors by helping them discover the stories behind their clothes, learn how they can take action and explore how they can have an impact on both an industry and international level. The museum will challenge guests to not only appreciate the aesthetics of fashion, but to actively contribute to making fashion good. Through a digital and personalised journey, visitors can learn about the history of good fashion, discover more sustainable products and explore future fashion innovations.
During the visit, actions and badges can be collected via an RFID-enabled bracelet, so that visitors are motivated to commit to personal change and positive action in the way they relate to fashion. This will be turned into a personalised digital Good Fashion Action Plan that visitors can take home.
Sapinda Holding B.V. has announced the appointment of Pascal Perrier as the Group Chief Executive (CEO) of luxury fashion brand, La Perla. The appointment of a new chief executive follows the acquisition of La Perla by investment firm Sapinda in February this year.
Commenting on his new role at La Perla, Perrier, said in a statement: “I am very pleased and impressed with the work done by Sapinda and the La Perla team in the last six months and the large potential that this business offers. I am also proud to now be an equity investor in a business with so much brand value and heritage, something that underlines my belief in the growth potential of the brand and the loyalty it has garnered from its customers.”
UK online retail sales slipped to their lowest year-on-year (YoY) growth in 2018 so far this July, as consumer spending slumped in the weeks following England’s FIFA World Cup exit, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. Online sales increased by just +10.0% (YoY) in July, well below the three, six and twelve-month rolling averages of +14.7%, +15.0% and +12.7% respectively.
Online retail enjoyed record growth in the first half of 2018, and this looked set to continue after the first week of July, with sales up by +14.4%. After England’s semi-final exit on 11 July, however, this took a dramatic turn, and even Amazon Prime Day could not prevent growth shrinking to +3.7%, +8.6% and +5.1% in the remaining weeks of the month.
As the world’s largest standard for sustainable cotton from Africa, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) now certifies around 40% of the cotton produced by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Demand from the textile industry for CmiA cotton is up on the previous year by around 79%. And the trend is set to continue in 2018. Additional companies now on board with Cotton made in Africa include Tendam Global Fashion Retail from Spain, Vlisco from Holland and Gudrun Sjöden from Sweden. Around 1,033,500 smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are currently working with CmiA and growing cotton in accordance with the CmiA sustainability criteria.