The New York Fabric Show – Tech + Texture, Inspirational Trends for 2020 DIY

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Rainbow Leather, Metallic psychedelic flowers, Digital printed 3-D pink cubes’s New York correspondent reporting exclusively to you from the New York Fabric Show, Metropolitan Pavilion, on West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, NY.

As a trade show, the incredible fabrics and trims that were on view were available to apparel and home décor manufacturers and not open to the public. This means that in 3 to 6 months you might come across a dress, a handbag, or a pillow created using some of the fabrics you see here. Now you can be ahead of the curve with the latest trends out of New York. Prepare to be inspired.

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Rainbow Leather, Manadala Tiles, Digital print, leather. Digital print with gold flakes, natural cork.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? This is leather? Yes, the jaw-dropping fabrics above, are from Rainbow Leather of New York and designed by Ivaylo Angelov, Product Designer extraordinaire. This company uses the most cutting edge technologies such as digital printing, cutting, metallic foiling, embossing and custom painting to fashion the world’s most innovative leather and natural cork fabrics. Their hundreds of stunning designs can actually take your breath away. While you’re still breathing, get inspired by these high-tech prints. DIY: Grab some fabric markers and plain leather at the craft shop and start designing.

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Jose Maria Ruiz, couture embroidered fabrics, handcrafted in Spain

Princesses and queens are draped in the exquisite couture fabrics produced by the House of Jose Maria Ruiz when they walk down the aisle on their wedding day or attend a formal affair. So why not you too?

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Hand embroidered beaded diaphanous tulle is a floral dream turned into the sheerest of siks by Jose Maria Ruiz. Truly swoon-worthy.

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Sales agent of Jose Maria Ruiz displaying a hand embroidered silk

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Textures everywhere. This was the second important trend spotted at the NY Fabric Show. Seen in the sumptuous silk couture fabrics of Jose Maria Ruiz, as shown above, bold, dramatic and dimensional texture tells a story. These are the fabrics chosen by the world’s top designers, so watch for them on the runways. If 295.00€ per meter, or more is a stretch on the family budget, DIY! Purchase a few meters of sheer netting and embroider tiny flowers, found at the craft store, onto the bottom in a casual, carefree, random pattern. Hang on the window and let the sun shine through your gorgeous creation. Brilliant!

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Subbarow Fabrics, based in India stood out at the NY Fabric Show with their joyful burst of colors, pattern and textures.

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A dizzying multitude of organic, geometric and lavish ethnic prints were on hand to dazzle the manufacturers of future apparel. Crafted by women in India, Kantha fabrics were traditionally used to make blankets. Layers of old saris are layered on top of each other and then meticulously sewn together using a graceful running stitch called Kantha. The black ground floral fabric above and the yellow circle fabric are Kantha fabrics. DIY: Find a beautiful fabric and some contrasting thread and stitch a basting stitch across the fabric, in rows. Use the fabric to create a fabulous pillow.

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Viva Mexico! fabric by Dear Stella

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Sharkfest, Dear Stella

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Olé, Dear Stella

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Fawned of You, Dear Stella

Funky, fun, quirky and altogether modern, these are the fabulous Dear Stella fabrics, out of New York. If you are a sewer, your mind is already starting to think … “Now how can I use that, maybe a skirt?” If you are not a sewer, but love the fabric, DIY: Wait for a sale at the craft store, buy a pretty frame, place a piece of this glorious fabric inside and hang on the wall. This fabric literally is art! They are watercolors.

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Silver antiqued face button by Benno’s Buttons

All fabric shows also have vendors presenting their trim and buttons, along with the fabric offerings. All are essential to the apparel manufacturers. What is a blazer without buttons? The answer is: unfinished. To complete a garment in style and make it go from average to OMG! A fabulous button is the key. The amazing buttons available from Benno’s Buttons, out of Dallas, Texas have any style you can imagine and hundreds more that you’ve never thought existed.

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Flying Saucer button, Benno’s Buttons

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Vintage glass button, Benno’s Buttons

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How adorable are these? Benno’s Buttons google eyed animal buttons

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Benno’s Buttons, Antique silver, stylized Irish Coat of Arms button

For your apparel, home décor, jewelry, (why not make earrings out of some fantastic buttons?) think about the wow factor choosing unusual buttons could provide. It’s not necessary to DIY these buttons. The minimums are so low, in most cases one dozen and the prices are so reasonable, (starting at less than one USD each), that you can purchase them yourself. No need to fly to Dallas, Texas for a set of Irish Coat of Arms buttons. Ask for Jerry and he’ll ship them to you.



Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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