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Jan 18, 2018

LYCRA® brand has issued its annual global legwear trends and fashion directions for Autumn Winter 2018-19. LYCRA® brand customers have exclusive access to this highly anticipated report before its released to a wider audience. This trends forecast has become an important source of inspiration and insights that can lead to exciting new business opportunities. It’s one of the many value-added benefits available to customers of the world’s most recognized brand name fiber.

Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovations

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The LYCRA® brand has worked with trend forecasting agency Stijlinstituut Amsterdam to predict the must-have legwear looks for the season. Each look in the fashion-forward capsule collection is made possible by the latest advances in LYCRA® brand fibre innovations. The legwear garments are designed with lasting comfort, style and fit in mind, and take full advantage of the brand’s entire portfolio of fibres for socks and hosiery.

Each look showcases the benefits of a fibre that has been carefully selected to meet forecasted trends and consumer needs. Whether its all-day comfort, compression, warming or cooling technology, The LYCRA Company fibres deliver lasting performance consumers can depend on. When developing each season’s capsule collection, careful attention is also paid to garment design and construction. These eight dynamic and versatile looks for AW18-19 are designed to enhance any wardrobe:

Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovations

This thigh-high plays with transparency and texture to celebrate the inherent beauty of skin. Depending on the skin tone, its slightly raised graded stripes in opaque yarn either merge subtly, or contrast sharply for a more expressive impact. Made with LYCRA® 3D technology, this hosiery offers greater comfort and enhanced freedom of movement, a uniform appearance and a softer, smoother hand. Offering an essential aesthetic, this look strips back all complications to find a sense of calm and quiet amongst all the noise. 


Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovationsSELF IMPROVEMENT
With the continued rise of athleisure, consumers are wearing activewear-inspired apparel all-day long, and opting for comfort and performance benefits over garments only offering fashion appeal. This daywear hosiery is inspired by colour blocking used in activewear and is showy, organic and curvaceous in blues and blacks. This garment fits superbly and is ultra-comfortable thanks to its top made with LYCRA® FREEF!T® technology, which reduces rollover and slip down.


Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovationsCOMFORT SEEKERS
Performance features continue to be a key driver in garments that are worn close to the body like this pair of tights made with LYCRA® SOFT COMFORT technology. This innovation delivers exquisite comfort and superior fit, yet still stretches freely to accommodate movement for women who are constantly on the go. Drawing its inspiration from ‘70s high-heeled, over-the-knee-boots worn over opaque hosiery, this look combines these two fashion features into one stylish garment engineered to deliver lasting performance.


Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovationsPERFECT HUE
Known for its ability to slim and instantly make anything look more chic, black is arguably the most loved colour in fashion. These vibrant tights feature LYCRA® BLACK technology for durable, true black colour without unsightly grin-though or glitter. This intense black is the perfect base to allow other colours to pop—capitalising on the trend of using bold patterns and colours for dramatic effect. Splashed by a shocking splat of yellow that is fully engineered into the garment, this fun hosiery also contains many functional benefits that will appeal to consumers. THERMOLITE® technology is engineered to help keep the wearer warm and dry, while LYCRA® LEG CARE technology provides graduated compression to help energise tired legs.


Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovationsMAKE IT MINE
This look celebrates body adornment from ethnic-inspired folk motifs and abstract patterns, to contemporary sports accents. The foundation is the skin, or in this case, the hosiery, which acts as a canvas for decorative embellishment as seen in body painting or tattoo art. The hosiery gives the illusion of perfectly even skin tones thanks to LYCRA® LIVING LIGHTS technology, which also delivers more saturated fashion colours. This rhythmic herringbone pattern is printed onto semi-sheer hosiery in a dynamic, linear pattern that confuses the eye and creates the effect of a fast-moving animated blur due to translucence and layered graphics. This hosiery also provides smoothing and shaping properties thanks to LYCRA® BEAUTY technology.


Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovationsCONSIDERATE CONSUMER
This trend is aimed at a more mindful consumer who considers sustainability when deciding which garment to buy. They have turned their back on fast fashion to focus on slow fashion, which is better for the planet and features more timeless and longer lasting aesthetics. These ultra-soft socks have a laid-back appeal—relaxed in look as well as in wear. They also keep feet cool, dry and comfortable thanks to COOLMAX® EcoMade technology. This unique innovation is made from 97% recycled resources including plastic bottles. This means consumers can enjoy a clear conscience and lasting performance.


Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovationsFLEX DENIM
Still tapping into the athleisure trend, a new wave of ‘comfort casuals’ is flooding the High Street. Sportswear brands are marrying comfort, performance and fashion-forward looks that emphasize form-fitting, but non-constricting materials. These seamless denim leggings made with LYCRA® HYBRID technologyfeature multidirectional stretch and are as comfortable as track pants, as fashionable as traditional jeans, and as versatile as hosiery. The worn-and-torn look at the knees of these leggings is obtained by an openwork knit effect that is engineered to stand up to repeated washing and wearing. These breathable leggings also move moisture away from the body to the fabric’s surface where it dries quickly to enhance wearer comfort.


Each look made possible by cutting-edge LYCRA® brand innovationsSERIOUS SPORTS
Designed for serious athletes, these knee-highs are all about delivering hard-core performance and taking the game—any game—to the next level. For sportswear brands that want to attract a more dedicated demographic, create socks using LYCRA® ENERGIZE™ brand. Its graduated compression supports muscles and improves blood circulation. Supporting, compact knit effects are engineered onto a silver-sheen background. Graphic armour-like patterns map out the leg’s anatomy, showing strips and bands framing raised striped areas. The curved cuff is soft and cushioned for added comfort.


LYCRA®, FREEF!T®, ENERGIZE™, COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® are all trademarks of The LYCRA Company.


The LYCRA Company Sybille Bald Global Segment Director - Hosiery +49 1718618856 Berlin Germany