Invista showcased the latest Lycra Beauty branded shaping fabrics in New York

Invista showcased the latest Lycra Beauty branded shaping fabrics in New York

The first garments using Lycra Beauty branded denim fabrics will launch this autumn, US fibre maker Invista has said, as it recently showcased new fabric options for boyfriend jeans and new performance fabrics.

Exhibiting at last month's Kingpins denim show in New York, Invista showcased the latest Lycra Beauty branded shaping fabrics from around the world. It also showed the latest performance offerings with Coolmax and Thermolite fabrics, including new options for the boyfriend jean using lastingFIT technology by Lycra.

According to Jean Hegedus, Invista’s global business director for denim, response to the Lycra Beauty branded denim fabric has been strong. "Today we have over 200 certified Lycra Beauty branded denim fabrics and the first garments will appear at retail later this fall. By sourcing fabrics that meet Lycra beauty quality standards, brands and retailers have the tools to develop garments that provide comfortable shaping, resulting in a high degree of consumer satisfaction."

Rounding out the global fabric collection at the Invista stand were the latest Coolmax and Thermolite fabrics for the growing category of performance denim. "Today’s consumers are looking for garments and fabrics that 'do' something - offer some kind of added value, whether it be shaping denim like Lycra Beauty fabrics, or Coolmax fabric with cool, dry comfort, or Thermolite fabric that helps keep you warm," Hegedus added.

An Invista study earlier this year conducted by Strategic Insights showed more than 80% of women across the US, UK, France, Germany and Italy were interested in purchasing denim garments that could shape or enhance their body, and wanted the denim fabric itself to do the shaping rather than wearing a shaping undergarment with their jeans.

To help address these needs, Invista employed a scientific process and body scanning technology to determine the ability of a fabric to provide comfortable shaping. Based on months of testing, the fibre maker developed fabric quality standards. Garments made with fabrics that pass these standards are eligible to carry the Lycra Beauty logo or hang-tag.