Hyosung, the largest spandex producer in the world and owner of the creora® brand, reveals its key 2018 swimwear trends. Starting with Oceana, which takes inspiration from the ocean and its inhabitants to deliver performance swimwear featuring compact circular and warp knits, new microstructures to reduce drag and enhance glide and also offering superb longevity delivered by creora® highclo™ chlorine resistant elastane.
With lightweight, hydrophobic qualities featuring in the pro levels, there is interest in polypropylene with creora® ecosoft and fabrics are colour rich, moving away from the traditional black and injecting a streamlined and sylphlike inspiration in bases and prints.
Pin Up takes a look at the innocence of the past with a 1950s retro feel. The era of the hourglass figure is revamped through semi matte colours with a touch of glamour and creora® Power Fit is crucial to provide technology from the shapewear sector through to the swimwear sector. Geared towards the mature market on the shaping front, this direction can also be appealing to the younger end of the market that requires less compression.
As athleisure continues to grow in the activewear sector, it is only natural that this lifestyle trend will influence swimwear. Expect to see a surge in surf-inspired fabrics and styles, catering to a combination of faux surfers who just want the look and legitimate athletes who hit the high seas, both groups requiring differing levels of performance.
Utopia brings a relaxed faded mood with bright tones, aged a little as if from being too exposed to the elements. Recycled synthetics and natural fibres are featured and an additional aspect to the trend is the demand for related beachwear items on top of the more traditional swimwear styles.
Last but not least creora® presents Mischievous, where colour collides with a true textural appeal. Compact swimwear fabrics still feature, though are often enhanced by 3D printing for an optical appeal, whilst openwork, drop stitch and punch out on warp knits bring a new geometry to the beach.