Hyosung, the largest spandex producer in the world and owner of the creora® brand, reveals its key points for intimate apparel in 2018. Starting with Picture Perfect, a trend that presents different degrees of optical effect, from a matte powdery touch and subtle iridescent through to semi-glimmer. Fabrics have an enhanced fit thanks to the use of creora® elastane and both natural and synthetic fibres can be used, ensuring a variety of effects from smooth and soft to metamorphic brilliance.
On Revamped, creora® Power Fit is used to attain the ideal compression and bring shapewear to a new level. Matte yarns contrast with bright tri-lobal yarns within a fabric or through insertion at the garment stage, and additional value comes though the insertion of cosmetic or cooling yarns. There is an increased interest in cellulosic-based shapewear enhanced with creora® eco-soft (low heat settable spandex) and colour also plays a key role, with shades of blue, greys and pink tones becoming more popular.
A move away from traditional smooth fabrics to a more tactile and textural approach can be noticed on Unruly, which features ruffles, ripples, raised jacquards, erratic openwork effects and blistered surfaces alongside a more subtle offering of flat/fancy ribs, plisses and precise openwork. Innovative bi-coloured yarns create optical 3D fabrics, and plain knits are either embellished or printed for optical results.
Last but not least is Calibration, following the growing interest of the public on active intimate apparel that focuses on comfort, fit and support. Featuring from moisture management to cool touch, UV protection and thermal regulation, punch out, mock mesh, true mesh and modern pique all work alongside lightweight circular knits and power stretch warp knits. Fabrics range from soft natural touch to high power synthetics catering to yoga aficionados and professional athletes.