The South American mill is introducing Eco Recycle, a range of fabrics that incorporate waste yarn which is recycled back into the spinning process to create new yarn.
The line, available in stretch and rigid variations, achieves a uniform and consistent look despite the challenges that recycled yarn can often present.
“The number of eco styles is continuing to increase and Vichuna is reflecting this trend by continually further developing new technologies, using every piece of BCI cotton and using extensive recycling including new dyeing and finishing procedures. This is eco power at its best,” the mill stated.
Other key stories for S/S 17 include lightweight shirting for looser fit silhouettes. Category trends call for irregular slubs in the warp, fabrics with patchwork effects and coated dobby and herringbone textures. Other fabrications have a paper-like finish ideal for prints.
The mill is also seeing a demand for wide widths to create vintage-inspired silhouettes. The uptick in orders is likely to make costs more competitive, according to the mill.
Performance will continue to be a hot topic. Vicunha is focusing on Dryarn technology, a high-performance denim with temperature control effects. The technology is geared toward performance sports, as well as casual sportswear. Meanwhile, the mill’s dual-core technology denim with superior recovery is refreshed in summer blues.