Spring/Summer 19

The Wool Lab Spring/Summer 2019 presents six fashion-oriented themes, presenting a collection of the latest commercially available wool fabrics and yarns. In addition, The Wool Lab Sport and The Wool Lab Denim return this season, with each of the popular books updated to include the latest innovations and technical fabrics.

Created in collaboration with the most innovative and quality-oriented spinners and weavers from across the world, The Wool Lab is an inspirational sourcing guide available for designers and brands to view.

Themes

GLYNDEBOURNE

GLYNDEBOURNE

Inspirations

Eccentric and aristocratic style inspired by Glyndebourne, a lyric opera festival held every year in England. The green of the groomed lawns is the backdrop of women’s long dresses and men’s smokers in perfect dandynian English style. Chic atmosphere of picnics adorned with butlers, silverware and champagne.

Materials 

100% wool, wool/silk, wool/mohair, wool/linen

Structures & Patterns 

Pinstripes, checks, flannel, Glen check, Prince of Wales, prints for feminine dress, jacquard

Jersey & Knitwear

Lightweight knit

Colours

Blue, beige, brown, pastel colour

ARTIST’S HOUSE

ARTIST’S HOUSE

Inspirations

The atmosphere is that of the influential group of English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists who influenced literature, aesthetics, criticism in the first half of the 20th Century. The artist and his more intimate places, opening a window to his soul. Influenced by different culture, oriental dresses are mixed in harmony with more contemporary pieces.

Materials 

100% wool, wool/silk, wool/tencel, wool/viscose

Structures & Patterns 

Satin, crêpe, embroidery, print, jacquard, tapestry inspired fabrics, sophisticated embellishment

Jersey & Knitwear

Very fine jersey

Colours

Watercolour pastels, intense green, teal, deep colours

LAYERING

LAYERING

Inspirations

Mixing patterns and materials in an overlaying puzzle to give new freshness to the basic garments by finding a new stylistic expression, balancing colours, volumes and surfaces.

Materials 

100% wool, wool/cotton, wool/silk, wool/modal, wool/synthetic fibres

Structures & Patterns 

Satin, crêpe, stripes, checks, graphic jacquard, pleats, fluid, plain, some classic patterns

Jersey & Knitwear

Fine jersey, rib knit, 3D effects, stripes

Colours

Grey, accent colours: green, orange, fuchsia, sky blue, acid yellow

ESCAPE

ESCAPE

Inspirations

The desire to flee from everything to places of rare and unspoiled beauty. Casual and comfortable clothing, (as well as) sophisticated but never dull, wide and soft. Sleek fit becomes the perfect romantic traveller’s dress code.

Materials 

100% wool, wool/cotton, wool/linen, wool/hemp, wool/raw silk

Structures & Patterns 

Chambray, stripes, vichy, small prints, placed stripes, mélange plain

Finishing

Lightly washed

Colours

Neutrals

RIBALD

RIBALD

Inspirations

Code word? Break the rules. Young and self-ironic: change doesn’t frighten them, they want to get out of the monotonous comfort zone. Weird colour combinations and unusual shapes from different eras. An experiment created by the assembly of different styles creating the potential for a fashionable renewal. This new style is a tailoring mix of different geometries made by a spontaneous and very personal attitude.

Materials 

100% wool, wool/cotton, wool/synthetic fibres

Structures & Patterns 

Classical revised, denim, canvas, plain, fil coupé

Jersey & Knitwear

Fleece, knit + colour insert, jersey

Dyeing & finishing

Raw edge, coating, bonding

Colours

Beige, denim, khaki, primary colours

Base & Mid-Layer

Base & Mid-Layer

Inspirations

Merino wool’s ability to absorb moisture vapour and then transfer it away from the body is a fundamental feature for base-layers, ensuring the best possible micro-climate conditions between the wearer’s skin and the garment. This works in harmony with mid-layer garments, whose key feature is to not only protect the wearer from cold or wet weather, but also breathe, preventing the body from feeling clammy and humid. Merino wool’s natural crimp makes it the ideal fibre for creating comfortable insulating fabrics which are light in weight and soft against the skin. Wool has outstanding moisture buffering properties - a combination that cannot be duplicated by any other fibre.

Materials 

100% wool, wool+ technical fibres, wool/tencel, wool/viscose, wool/cashmere, wool/cotton, wool/nylon, elastane for more stretch features

Structures & Patterns 

Plain for shirting, checks, jersey, jacquard knitwear, ADF technologies.

Colours

Neutrals, bright colours

Outer Layer & Specials

Outer Layer & Specials

Inspirations

The outer-layer comprises weather-protective fabrics which can be made from either 100% Australian Merino wool or Merino laminated as a lining to synthetic hard-shell fabrics, usually in combination with membranes or coatings. The Specials section is an area for products such as footwear, where wool’s natural breathability, elasticity and anti-odour benefits come to the fore.

Compositions

100% wool, wool+ technical fibres, wool/tencel, wool/viscose, wool/cashmere, wool/cotton

Structures & Patterns 

Flannel, checks, twill, Panama

Finishings

Laminated, bonding

Colours

Neutrals, accent colours

The Wool Lab Denim

The Wool Lab Denim

Inspirations

The Wool Lab Denim is a collection among the most beautiful wool and wool blend denim fabrics, collected from across the world. Wool Denim fabrics represent a new approach to improving the aesthetics of traditional denim and this trend is becoming very popular from casualwear to luxury wear.

Materials 

100% wool, wool/cotton

Structures & Patterns 

Twill, plain, jacquards, popeline

Jersey & Knitwear

Fleece

Colours

Indigo blue, black