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Cultural Hotspots and Nature Inspire Fall/Winter 20-21 Trim Trends

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Fall/Winter 20-21 trims reflect new consumer habits.

Taking cues from consumers’ desire for bold personal expressions and their increasing awareness of fashion’s impact on the environment, the trims at Munich Fabric Start offered designers new and relevant ways to help brand their garments.

For the boldest trims, the youthful energy of neighborhoods in New York City, Sao Paulo and Seoul served as the “hunting ground” for self-expression and fashion.

Neons give way to confident colors like smiley face yellow, cobalt blue and fire engine red. Colors like pink and purple were amplified with iridescence and reflective coatings that create a molten metallic effect. Ombre rainbow color schemes and oil slick finishes continued to trend, while painterly swirl effects added a youthful look to enable buttons and zipper pulls.

Strong typography and visuals, like faces, arrows and traffic signals reinforced the urban theme, while texture added a sense of play to trims. Concepts spanned furry fringe zipper tape and matte silver buttons with colorful enamel centers, to 3D surfaces that mimic the look and feel of rope and chain. Buckles made with twisted wire contrasted with light and transparent materials, including upcycled plastic bubble wrap embroidered with delicate gold threads.

The use of sustainable materials was a natural choice for tactile trims. Trim suppliers presented eco-friendly alternatives like labels made with cork, recycled paper hangtags and recycled leather patches. Other labels were made from upcycled scrap materials of other labels.

Designs inspired by nature enhanced environmental stories. Leaf imprints decorated paper labels. Pearlescent shell-like finishes added luster to buttons. And wood grain added depth to buttons and patches. Leather covered buttons and Mother of Pearl buttons added a luxury touch, while shades of lilac, lavender and soft pink added a soft and cozy feeling to trims.

Companies also showcased new concepts that drive efficiency at the start and end of the lifecycle of trims.

Reca Group was awarded a Keyhouse Hightex Award for innovation for its “no burn” micro drill lasering technique to cut trims. The technology eliminates laser burn marks and discoloration to materials by using laser to drill small holes into materials like paper, fabrics and PU leather.

And to streamline the removable of metal during the recycling process, trim supplier Nilorn Germany presented stainless steel buttons that screw on and off.

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