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Romance Was in the Air at Première Vision NYC

Bohemian. Botanicals. Barbiecore. Fashion’s biggest current and future trends were on full display at Première Vision Jan. 17-18 at New York City’s Center 415 in Midtown.

Première Vision, a French textile and fashion trade show organizer, returned to NYC with more than 150 exhibitors representing 18 countries, bringing together players in raw materials and services for the fashion industry in what served as a hub of business-minded meetings and creative inspiration.

Jens Alsterklint, owner of Brooklyn-based print shop Fated Print Agency, noted that large monotone geo prints are taking hold.

“Anything with a lot of movement when it comes to geo, anything really colorful and vibrant has been doing really well for us,” he said. “So just one- or two-color prints has been a big hit for us. Anything really romantic and botanical has been a big trend and any sort of print mixing is another huge one.”

Boho is making a comeback going into the summer season, he noted, as well as conversationalist prints and fun placements.

The trend of romanticwhimsical and dreamy fabrics works well for Eragh Mihalakis, the creative director of her eponymous textile print design studio based in Dublin.

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“That’s the main kind of prints I do anyway on a general basis; that would be my inspirations, bleeding into that, a lot of feminine kind of things,” she said. “I’m seeing more coming through especially with the whimsical conversational [prints].”

Mihalakis founded her studio in 2020 after working for various companies doing swimwear design, lingerie design and print design for names including Asos and Topshop.

PromoStyl, a Parisian trend forecasting and styling company known for its Trend Books, predicted what it sees ahead for Spring/Summer 2024 styles.

Ferrari Fall/Winter 2022/2023. Photo courtesy of Pietro D’Aprano/Getty Images

Up first was neo-athleisure, a trend bridged between the virtual and real worlds, inspired by nature, flowering gardens and the metaverse. Neo-athleisure was also influenced by women becoming increasingly interested in environmental concerns and body positivity, creative director Sébastien Renault said.

“This aesthetic of nature expressed as digitalized or artisanal are this trend’s key concepts,” he said. “The aesthetic of the beautiful nature of flowering gardens [with] fantastic digital technology, with an unlimited power of creativity, make[s] it possible to recreate the aesthetic of this beautiful nature as in the past.”

Neo-athleisure is equally comfortable as it is technical, with tracksuits featuring corseting details, said associate creative director Malaïka Ewande. Think jerseys, cotton blends and innovative fabrics like nylon alternatives.

Collina Strada Fall/Winter 2020/2021. Photo courtesy of Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

PromoStyl’s second trend was sunkissed and crafted, focusing on themes of free spirits, escapism, and cottagecore meets festival.  

“It’s all about letting go and finding fun in simple things,” Ewande said. “We’re going to have great craftsmanship, celebration, and we also draw inspiration of other cultures without falling into cultural appropriation and as for the color palette, we find very joyful demonstrations of very solid colors but they’re quite muted.”

Off White Spring/Summer 2023. Photo courtesy of Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Ultimate business casual was the third trend, focusing on the hybridization of working remotely and going to the office. It’s technological, minimalist, stylish and elegant while still comfortable and easy to wear.

“There’s also a sense of reshaping in the way that we can experiment, we’ve definitely taken more liberties when it comes to tailoring, even for the office,” Ewande said, referring to blazers with geometric cutouts and organic tailoring.

Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2022/2023. Estrop/Getty Images

The last trend was girls’ night out: loud and a little trashy while still fun and feminine a la Samantha or Carrie of “Sex and the City.” The Y2K-focused trend is full of vibrant pinks, sequins and sea-scape-inspired prints. Going-out tops are officially back, with rhinestone details complimenting kitschy shorts.  

“It’s like living out your Barbie doll or Bratz doll fantasy,” Ewande said. “It’s all about going back out, having fun, and expressing yourself as loudly as you possibly can.”