The 18th edition of Mode Lingerie and Swim, CURVEXPO New York, took place from July 31st to August 2nd, 2016 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Hundreds of exhibitors shared their Spring/Summer 2017 collections and more on the show floor! This season’s show featured a great variety of garments, rich in bright colors and tropical patterns to celebrate the aesthetic of warmer seasons.
Swimwear for 2017 is beaming with multicultural imagery with patterns inspired by cultures across the globe, created primarily by Brazilian brands. African designs like Moroccan and Kenyan prints are very trendy this season, but there is no shortage of traditional beach imagery like Hawaiian palm leaves and nautical stripes. The demands of full-bust customers have prompted many swimwear brands to implement cup-size technology into their bathing suits, making beachwear that is both gorgeous and supportive for a wider range of body types.
Men’s underwear is on trend, promising to bring many of the vibrant summer colors and prints into men’s closets. These new collections feature highly expressive visuals on functional materials like compression sports fabrics and high-grade cotton. Old school Polynesian designs and peppy prints like pineapples and palm trees are evident in menswear, keeping this segment of the industry in sync with the season’s favorite styles.
Sports and wire-free bras as a category could be today’s most influential trend in intimate apparel. The athleisure trend has brands creating more fashion-forward sportswear that can be worn all day as part of casual outfits. Bralettes are also extremely popular this summer for their breathability and comfort and this tradeshow guaranteed that it isn’t just a passing fad. Expect even more options in stores next summer as companies use their latest technology to bring these modern trends to new heights.
The plus-size consumer is clearly a valued voice in the market as all types of garments are being made to serve her. Each season shows increased efforts by brands to expand their size range, specifically to include this substantial market in their customer base. Trends like bralettes and strappy embellishments are being made available to a wider range of body types in an effort to keep all women in the loop of the latest lingerie looks.
One intriguing trend we saw at Curve this season were garments that portray full environments. These creative prints take you to a different place in a fashion that’s direct, yet imaginative. The latest developments in digital fabric printing makes these types of designs possible, which is very exciting for the future of fashion. Which trends are you looking forward to most for Spring/Summer 2017?
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