UK: New Fabrics With A Cosmetic Connection
By just-style.com | 5 May 2000
The worlds of toiletries and fashion fabrics converge in the latest ranges issued by Welbeck Fabrics - which not only include cloths with micro-encapsulated fragrances but with skin softening aloe vera gels as well. To underline the cosmetics connection, many of these new season's fabrics are dyed to skin tone shades ranging from creamy white through to the taupes of the permanent suntan favored by international jet-setters.Welbeck is a specialist warp knitter that concentrates on servicing the lingerie trade in which it is particularly celebrated for its mesh fabrics. Recently, however, the company has been looking to expand into the active sportswear market using microfiber polyester blends with Lycra to give a figure moulding finish. It is also experimenting with blends of Tactel with Lycra. To date, the principal outlet for these double face fabrics, which have an in-built wicking action to carry moisture away from the centers where sweat is most likely to be produced during vigorous exercise, have been specialist producers of garments for aerobics enthusiasts, particularly sleek fitting crop tops and matching footless tights. Meanwhile outdoor sports enthusiasts will increasingly be seeking out garments with the Thermostat brand mark denoting cloths with in-built temperature regulating mechanisms which currently form part of the M Sport collection from Milor, which earlier this year found itself in the fashion limelight at the spring Premiere Vision when it introduced a men's wear range using ultra fine threads of stainless steel as a component.At same event Milor produced a range of piece dyed fabrics combining an ultra-fine silk warp with a Lycra/cotton weft which, two months on, is reported to be one of the company's best selling spring 2000 introductions.Links:http://www.dupont.com.tactel
Join now for increased access
There are various access options to choose from. All provide instant access to the latest news, insight and expert analysis.
If you're already a member, login here.
More articles related to this one
Brazilian bikinis make a lasting impression
Brazilian beachwear is becoming more and more popular abroad, and for the first time is showing a more sophisticated side. Sapna Arora reports.
UK: Airowear Launches Rugby Apparel Range
Protective equestrian wear brand Airowear is entering the rugby apparel sector with a new collection of protective apparel.
Première Vision shows an increasingly global flavour
Première Vision remains the active, innovative and creative face of the global textile industry, and the latest show in September was no exception says Sapna Arora. The traditional textile strongholds staged a strong and defiant comeback in terms of design and innovation in the year their markets were thrown open to cheaper and unrestricted imports from the Far East.