ECO-FRIENDLY AW 21/22 MUST-HAVES: Knits

05/10/2020

United by a strong desire to take a global eco-design approach to AW 21/22, Première Vision exhibitors focused their research on products with a low environmental impact, to satisfy the demands of all market segments.

Check out the Marketplace to discover our selection of eco-friendly product developments for AW 21/22 knit collections.

TOPS

The season's casual tops make the most of new smart blends that blur the division between natural and artificial materials by incorporating, among others, recycled fibers.

In synergy with nature, recycled polyesters are worked in friendly mixes with hemp, linen or cotton fibers, for comforting knits perfectly suited to second-skin styles - with or without snaps - and the season's micro bras. The shapes can feature various plays on ribs, and are freely layered together. Whether chiné, flecked or finely slubbed, knits showcase a deliberately diffuse, blurred appearance, as if laying claim to certain tranquil sensation. Necklines are open and sleeves are sometimes subtly cuffed with lace for sensual casual wear that disrupts genre and style codes. In keeping with a 360° eco-friendly product approach, lace manufactured using recycled yarns instead of the usual polyamide is growing more and more mainstream.

In a more citified version, tops are oriented to more-pared-down, seamless shapes with raw-cut finishes, calling for the hold and elasticity of milano knits in organic, traceable silks. These minimalist garments free the body from all constraint.

Sport & Tech tee-shirts meet the growing needs of a mobile urban lifestyle, and are worked in hybrid mixes with other segments to move towards more chic and versatile products. Shapes are simplified, quite fitted, and available in natural blends such as recycled or organic wool, hemp and linen. These natural materials also offer interesting thermal performance, with climatic, fast dry and other properties. Antibacterial and breathable properties are also sought-after. In the activewear sector, recycled synthetics are still widely used to make sheathing tops, for example.

BODYSUITS

Bodysuits are more essential than ever for next autumn winter, in all sectors. A perfect illustration of next season's hybrid genres, the bodysuit is a brilliant mix of comfort and seduction, without renouncing the search for sustainability. In a full-on cocktail vein, bodysuits are worked in all-over lace designs, or with lace details on deep V-necks. Laces made of organic cotton and recycled polyamide are enlivened by covering floral designs, or boast a subtle shine thanks to the use of recycled metallic yarns.

Much appreciated for its caring and sensual softness, velour knits, whether shorn or crushed, in polyamide and lyocell blends, are the perfect material for elegant bodysuits. Coordinated with wide loose pants in a traceable cashmere knit, bodysuits offer a smart and comfortable look to wear both indoors and outdoors. Ribs, a transversal theme, are found everywhere this season, and provide a more casual version in recycled cotton. The emphasis is on comfort and warmth, with long sleeves, mock turtlenecks or a slightly higher collars. Here they can be teamed with long flowing satin skirts, big, streamlined boots with exaggeratedly notched soles or sleek suede heritage sneakers.

SWEATERS

Sweaters branch out, mixing easily with pieces inspired by other fashion universes, for extremely personalized silhouettes. Hoodie styles, zipped or not, strive to provide a reassuring comfort, and meet the season's quest for protection.

Shapes flaunt exaggerated proportions - either very short and boxy to go with tight seamless dresses for a sensual take on homewear, or in an oversized version to pair with a very long, boldly sequined skirt for a more festive look. Cottons are still predominant. Whether organic or recycled, they are blended with other recycled artificial fibers to further the feeling of suppleness and refinement. Velvets made from FSC-certified recycled polyester and tri-acetate blends are just the ticket for luxurious sportswear with a soft, warm handle. This yearning for comfort also crops up in the season's fancies. Quilted textures are puffy and plush, with soft, warm surfaces. New variations on fleece in recycled polyester and hemp blends are cropping up, along with a shearling look made from wool and recycled polyester, or on longer-haired materials made of organic cotton. Narrow-waisted cuts reinforce the notion of clothing-as-cocoon.

Also find a selection of eco-friendly materials to build your jacket/coat collections for next Autumn Winter.

And don't miss our selection of articles zeroing in on the season's highlights in eco-friendly developments and innovations.

 

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