Leading international leather fair, Lineapelle, returned to the Rho Fiera Expo Centre in Milan with a host of tanneries and manufacturers showcasing the latest in directional trend-led leather and materials.
The fall/winter 2018-19 edition saw a reinterpretation of the classics. Core and neutral tones were reworked into unusual and unexpected colour combinations, mixed and matched with brights and darks, or translated directly from the SS18 season as lighter colours for winter came to the fore. Traditional tanning underwent a transformation with bold, eccentric or opulent interpretations and a renewed focus on textural surface techniques that showcased the creativity of the new innovations on offer.
Metallics are a seasonal staple and the Fall showcase was no exception. In a move away from the high gloss finishes and super-shiny foils of previous seasons, tanneries opted for a more muted and ultimately more sophisticated approach.
Images left to right: Caravaggio, Conceria di Urgnano, Martucci all Fall Winter 2018-19
Antique gold, copper and pewter tones were further softened with ultra-dry, matte handles that gave skins an almost dehydrated look while coloured metallics were given apared back feel with chalky, subtly whitened surfaces.
The Leather/Fabric Hybrid
Leathers and fabrics came together to create a range of innovative new hybrids. For the Fall/Winter season, chunky knit and felt textures dominated, bonded with leather or pulled through glove weight skins for a fresh take on embossing techniques. The matte/shine, smooth/brushed contrast created tapped into the overarching themes of unexpected and mix and match combinations explored throughout the show.
Images left to right: Conceria di Urgnano, Martucci, Sirte Conceria all Fall Winter 2018-19
Leather and materials embraced a luxurious sensibility for Fall/Winter with a focus on sumptuous feels and rich embossing.
Images left to right: Sciarada, Sciarada, Martucci all Fall Winter 2018-19
Velvet and satin emerged as key fabrications for both fabric mills and tanneries. Short pile velveteen textures and sheen finish silks looked especially new when utilised as a backing material for leather and suede. For surface design, baroque curlicues and antique wallpaper florals showed strongly, accented with a touch of glitter or flocking adding another layer of textural interest.
Alongside the Lineapelle show, the Trendstop team were invited to attend sustainable fashion brand Vegea’s bio-material showcase. Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard proved the perfect setting for a renewable fabric made using wine derivatives such as grape seeds and peels. A prototype collaboration with eco-designer Tizano Guardini demonstrated the range of premium quality fashion product applications this innovative material can be used for.
Images: Vegea all Fall Winter 2018-19
About The Show
Lineapelle returns to Milan in February 2018. Based at the Expo Centre in Rho Fiera, the show will once again feature leathers and materials from global tanneries and manufacturers as well as comprehensive coverage of components and trims for the accessories, apparel and home markets.