It’s no secret that high fashion has taken a sharp turn towards comfort over the last couple seasons, with athleisure prominently featured by even the highest and mightiest of fashion houses. Once known for its function, Lycra fabric has found a home in many collections crossing the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan because of this change in style. For a little inspiration for your designs with the versatile fabric, here are a few trends you’ll find in many Spring/Summer 2019 lines.
Trends to Incorporate Into Your Fashion Designs
1. Bicycle Shorts
Arguably the biggest shock of Spring/Summer 2019 Fashion Week was Chanel’s collection clad with this cropped athleisure staple. A trend that began late last summer on Instagram influencer feeds everywhere, high-waisted bike shorts and leggings were an unexpected choice by lead designer Karl Lagerfeld, who has famously condemned similar casualwear. To take this classic spandex look to the realm of high fashion, opt for a high-shine Lycra fabric to mimic black leather, bold patterns on the outer seams, as seen in Fendi’s collection, or even a playful floral print, like the ones found on the runway of Stella McCartney. To take an extra leaf out of Chanel’s book, consider a loose matching top with those patterned pants.
The throwback trend doesn’t stop at bicycle shorts—the classic psychedelic print also got the runway treatment. Stella McCartney once again dominated comfy-chic with pastel tie-dye skater dresses, T-shirts, even jumpsuits in her collection. Prada made a similar splash with midi-skirts and structured handbags donning neon hues, and R13 leaned into a Deadhead aesthetic with rainbow tie-dye blazers over skull-clad graphic tees. With a variety of tie-dye Lycra fabric to choose from, you can make pieces of any kind or color in this bold print.
Speaking of Prada’s SS19 collection, highlighter shades are another daring choice inspiring many designers this season. Brandon Maxwell took a retro pop pink hue and transformed it into a striking long-sleeved short dress, complete with a smart, thin V-neck and popped collar. Other collections from Prabal Gurung and Gucci also harnessed this standout of the season with stunning evening wear in lightning yellows and greens. The mission of the neon trend is to deliver something unexpected from the palette of 80s athletic wear, so think less of hot pink leggings and more of strategically hued streetwear when bringing the concept to your Lycra fabric designs.
Graduating from last year’s mustard trend, this sunnier yellow will brighten any day come spring. Oscar de la Renta nailed the it-color at fashion week with a marigold gown and cocktail number on an apropos rooftop runway. Brandon Maxwell’s collection shined in this shade as well, featuring a showstopping floor-length, belted, button-down gown, long sleeves and popped collar once again included. If you’re looking to go this route, study De la Renta’s collection, in particular, which also boasted a deep V playsuit—a style begging to get replicated with the right selection of Lycra fabric.
To recreate the hot items of the season, make sure you turn to a trusted Lycra fabric supplier. Spandex House, Inc. has been the go-to Lycra wholesale distributor in Manhattan’s Garment District for more than 25 years, known for their commitment to customer service and wide selection. Whether you need a specific color, a bold print, or even sequined fabric, they will help you find the right material for any project. To learn more about their wholesale pricing and to order samples, visit them online or call them at (212) 354-6711 to request a quote.