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New Year at Calico Laine

As we look forward to the New Year here at Calico Laine and reflect upon the months gone by, the first task for our buying team is to decide which fabrics are likely to be the best selling of 2017. Just as soon as Christmas is over the fashion world will begin to focus on the upcoming spring/summer season and one of the best ways to stay up to date with upcoming trends is by keeping a close eye on fashion weeks. The first fashion weeks of the year will focus on what is known as pre-fall fashion and it is at these shows that designers reveal their smaller collections at less formal shows - these shows are particularly useful for our buyers as they are likely to indicate the designs, shapes and fabrics that will determine next years fashion.

Most designers pre-fall showcases will be held between September and February and are a great way of giving both our buyers, and in turn our customers, a head start on upcoming trends. This New Year at Calico Laine we have already begun to notice the recycling of fashion trends from bygone areas and in particular the wider leg trouser cut of the 70s. The flare made a comeback in the 2000s and was known as the "bootcut" before it was shunned again in favour of a skinny cut trouser, this is not to say that the skinny trouser is obsolete as yet however the wider leg trouser certainly looks set to increase further in popularity this upcoming season. Designers such as Narciso Rodriguez and Dianne Von Furstenberg have recently showcased a selection of wide legged trousers in varying styles and weights from casual crop length trousers in patterned fabrics to a more tailored look, ideal for formal events and evenings out. Here at Calico Laine we carry a variety of fabrics suitable for creating a wide leg trouser - our denim fabric is particularly useful for creating a more casual style of trouser and is available to purchase in a variety of weights from a 4oz denim suitable for a lighter-weight trouser right up to a 14oz denim ideal for bootleg jeans. Our bi-stretch fabric is the ideal choice for a pair of tailored wide-leg trousers; featuring a slight stretch on the bias this is a fabric which is particularly comfortable to wear.

pink Fuchsia is set to be a particularly in-demand colour this New Year.

When preparing for the New Year one of the most important aspects for Calico Laine buyers to consider is colour palettes. Every season we see a particular colour take precedence on both the high street and on the catwalk and it is inevitable that such trends will have a huge impact on the colours that will be in high demand with our customers during the upcoming season. Looking ahead to Spring/Summer the Paris catwalks have been awash with pink, however this is not the sugary, bubblegum shade of pink we have seen in previous seasons but a strong fuchsia - even Hermes who are famed for their classic neutral tones showcased a stunning tulle skirted evening gown in a stunning shade of hot pink. Pink is the perfect choice for fans of the colour block trend which has been popular on the high street the last few seasons however, for customers who may not be quite adventurous enough to swathe themselves from head to toe in fuchsia but prefer to give a slight nod to the trend, adding a splash of colour to your otherwise neutral outfit works just as well. Choose a pink jacket or a carefully chosen accessory such as a bag or shoes to stay bang on trend without overdoing it. We carry a wide range of dressmaking fabrics in shades of fuchsia such as our beautiful quality candy microfibre, ideal for creating smart clothing items and evening wear.

black-glitter-floral-print-fabric-crinkled Large floral print fabrics are set to be huge this New Year.

Here at Calico Laine our selection of printed dressmaking fabrics are always some of our best sellers whatever the season and judging by what we have seen on the catwalks so far, patterns are big news for the New Year. Models wearing bold, multicoloured stripes were all over the catwalk at New York fashion week with houses such as Fendi pushing the boundaries even further with their 60s reminiscent mix and match stripes of varying sizes and colour! For stripes, the bolder the better is the rule of thumb this season however more understated designs such as mini pinstripes were also seen and are the ideal choice for dresses and shirts. Of course, florals are always big news in the spring and the New Year looks set to follow suit. As demonstrated by Michael Kors big, bold florals are set to be on trend for the coming Spring/Summer season. We have recently added a selection of large floral print fabrics to our dressmaking collection - composed of 100% cotton these beautiful quality fabrics are ideal for a variety of dressmaking projects including skirts, dresses and blouses and are available to purchase in a variety of stunning designs. For customers who prefer a more figure hugging design, our cotton spandex prints feature a slight stretch from the added elastane and are particularly flattering and comfortable to wear.

We look forward to seeing your creations on our social media pages over the coming seasons. Everyone here at Calico Laine would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very happy New Year!