Eco-friendly threads make catwalk impact for students

LINEN is shaping up as the summer fabric of choice, says TAFE NSW Lidcombe fashion head teacher, Fiona Lloyd.

Offering the Review an insight into this season’s fashion, Ms Lloyd says natural fibres such as linen are preferred because of their lightness and breathable qualities.
“A trend for more sustainable and eco-friendly threads has also contributed to its popularity,” she said.
“There has been a shift in the fashion industry to focus on more sustainable fabrics, considering Australians are buying more than 27kg of clothing a year, making the country the second largest consumer of textiles in the world.”

She said the ‘grunge look’ that dominated the 90s, is also making a comeback.
“You can expect to see more oversized shirts and jackets making their way to retail shelves throughout January and February,” Ms Lloyd said.
“When it comes to patterns, we’ll see everything from a feminine floral right through to futuristic looks, which includes straight lines, mesh and metallic materials.
“Colour pallets for the summer season are going to be quite neutral with pops of burnt orange and navy, and yellow and khaki are still highlights in the pallet and won’t lose their popularity any time soon.”
Ms Lloyd says students can explore textures and fabrics in a range of colours and apply pattern-making skills to make their own designs with a Certificate II and III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology at TAFE NSW.
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