The talk about tactility has been all around over the past seasons. With an increased focus on the sensation of touch and the skin, we have seen designers exploit new strategies to address touch through their choice of fabrics. The trend is now being adapted by the market. We can see more commercial interpretations within subtle surface designs of small creases and bubbles, brushed yarns to create a super-soft effect and plissée as an all-time favorite to resonate fluidity and elegance at the same time. Another stable trend is quilting that references a cocooning experience and prevails due to its comforting and soothing qualities. On the SS 22 shows, texture is stable by number of outfits, but textures are more 3D and experimental. More creative textures increased by +55% on the runways.
Shirring is a technique that allows to create a more 3-dimensional surface as well. With different stitches different effects can range from soft to sharp and edgy. Lastly, the taste for the 00s has resurfaced the popcorn and bubble styles. The look is bold but offers interesting qualities to adapt to various shapes and work on currently demanded one-size and inclusive collections.
Take a look at how to interpret this need for texture moving forward: