Innovative stretch denim solutions incorporating Lycra have been showcased by fibre producer Invista and Turkish denim mill Calik Denim in a bid to raise the bar on stretch fabrics.

The developments follow the launch of the Elastech concept last season to help jeans keep their shape and avoid bagging. Calik Denim has now taken this to the next level with Circular Elastech, a multi-angular stretch denim design powered by Lycra dualFX technology in both warp and weft. Lycra dualFX yarn incorporates Lycra fibre for super stretch and Lycra T400 fibre for recovery. 

"Our aim is to create a new standard in denim," explains Hamit Yenici, managing director of Calik Denim. "In the past, bi-stretch fabrics had a natural tendency to grow in the seat and knee areas after repeated wear. Circular Elastech with Lycra dualFX technology gives a genuine full range of motion, while conforming to the wearer's body to enhance their freedom of movement." 

Calik Denim has also unveiled its brand new Curve fabric concept which again uses Lycra dualFX fabric technology. Curve optimises the power of a high-elasticity jean giving a more balanced proportion to the body and helping the wearer achieve a more slender look. 

"Our consumer research continues to find that comfort, fit, and shape retention are key purchase motivators for denim garments," adds Jean Hegedus, global segment director for denim, at Invista Apparel. Invista is one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibres, and owner of the Lycra brand.