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The Woolmark Company unveils the Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2016/17 at Pitti Uomo

16 June 2015

Continuing to present the best selection of commercially available wool fabrics and yarns, The Woolmark Company unveils The Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2016/17.

The Wool Lab bag

Continuing to present the best selection of commercially available wool fabrics and yarns, The Woolmark Company unveils The Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2016/17.

An inspirational tool, the latest edition of The Wool Lab dedicates four out seven themes to womenswear, as wool fabrics continue to become increasingly popular outside of traditional mens tailoring.

In Normdecor, a contemporary and cosmopolitan woman redefines her concept of elegance through wearing structured but comfortable clothes with deluxe touches; Metropolitan Chalet presents a comfortable and classy style for metropolitan women; Androgyne leverages from the tradition of made-to-measure suits for a classy women; and finally, wool accessories become the key item of the wardrobe in Complements.

Menswear is by no means left out, with two themes representing not only the versatility of the fibre but also the breadth of styles available in contemporary menswear. The world of distinctive elegance is matched with a fresh contemporary touch as found in the theme Posh; and a more relaxed style that embodies the desire to return back to nature and its resources, well expressed by the theme Into the Wild.

The theme New Makers gives rise to emerging talent, celebrating the eclectic mix between old-world ways and modern thinking. Just as the International Woolmark Prize finalists combine past with present, and innovative materials with traditional handcraft, this trend melds 3D geometries with a patchwork of textile ideas in a modern spin on artisanal design.

The Wool Lab is created by The Woolmark Company in collaboration with the most innovative and quality-oriented spinners and weavers from across the world. Each season, more and more fashion professionals look forward to seeing the latest edition of The Wool Lab as it offers the chance to explore a concrete sourcing guide for the best fabrics and yarns in the world.

After the exclusive launch at Pitti Uomo, The Wool Lab AW16/17 will be presented at the most important trade shows worldwide, and will be available through The Woolmark Company’s global network, along with one-on-one meetings set up with top designers, brands, manufacturers and retailers.

At Pitti Uomo, The Woolmark Company can be found at Stand F/2.

Technical Details
The Wool Lab AW16/17 presents seven inspirational themes.

1. ANDROGYNE
Inspirations
A modern man moves with the times in order to remain an expression of refinement and charm. The tradition of the made-to-measure ‘man’ suit is also fascinating for classy women who interpret perfectly this timeless elegance.
Materials
100% wool, wool/mohair, wool/silk
Structures & Patterns
Glenn check, pinstripe, houndstooth
Colours
Grey, blue, black and white

2. POSH
Inspirations
A new generation of young British men introduces a style that combines the distinctive elegance of the upper-class members with a contemporary twist. Formal jackets referencing the 1950s, made from traditional and refined textiles, are the essential element of this trend.
Materials
100% wool, wool/mohair, wool/silk, wool/cashmere
Structures & Patterns
Crossbred, cheviot, omrè, bird's eye, Glenn check, Saxony, Shetland, tweed, jacquard patterns.
Yarns
Mouliné, jaspè, two and three-ply
Knitwear
Very fine worsted wool knit, classic jacquard patterns

3. NORMDECOR
Inspirations
The mix-and-match between ornate fabrics and feminine silhouettes comes to be the rule to create a refined and fashionable style. By taking inspiration from different fashion eras and cultures, the contemporary and cosmopolitan woman redefines her concept of elegance through wearing structured but comfortable clothes with deluxe touches.
Materials
100% wool, also blended with silk, lurex, viscose, mohair, alpaca
Structures & Patterns
Jacquard, embroideries, prints, taffetas, fake fur (Byzantine), panno, voile,trimming
Knitwear
Jacquard, Milan stitch, compact knit

4. COMPLEMENTS
Inspirations
A celebration of accessories which define a clear-cut mood and become the hero of any outfit. It is a means to communicate different cultures and personalities, both local and global, through classical and original styles.
Materials
100% wool, wool/alpaca, wool/mohair, wool/cashmere, wool/angora, wool/yak, wool/camel, wool/vicuna Structures & Patterns From plains to jacquard, from light to heavy weight, checks, double weave, double face, jacquard, prints
Knitwear
Hand knit, jacquard, chunky
Yarns
Bouclè, melangè, slubby yarns

5. INTO THE WILD
Inspirations
The desire to return to a slower-paced life, where man takes shelter to find a more intimate and symbiotic relationship with nature. A conscious use of resources the earth provides, reusing philosophy as a means to a renewed ecology.
Materials
100% wool, wool/cotton, wool/linen, wool/hemp, wool/ramie
Structures & Patterns
Plain, Panama, twill, basic structures, viyella
Jersey & Knitwear
Heavy rib stitch, double jersey, vanisè, handmade
Treatments
Washed, worn look

6. METROPOLITAN CHALET
Inspirations
Drawing on mountain life and landscape, performance fabrics and wool blended with technical fibres create a sophisticated interpretation of chalet-style for city dwellers everywhere.
Materials
100% wool, wool/cashmere, wool/silk, wool/bamboo, wool/tencel, wool blends with technical fibres
Structures & Patterns
Padded, cordura, cavalry twill, whipcord, beaver, pilor
Jersey & Knitwear
Sophisticated knit, mélange
Treatments
Bonded, coating, technical finishing, UV protection

7. NEW MAKERS
Inspirations
Eclectic people combine new and old ways of being and thinking, looking for innovative forms and materials and at the same time drawing on traditional handcraft skill. This theme combines 3D geometries with a patchwork of textile ideas.
Materials
100% wool, wool/silk, wool/linen, wool/nylon
Structures & Patterns
Patterned fabrics, 3D effect, multilayers, laser cut, structures, thin and thick fabrics
Yarns & Knitwear
Slubby yarns, chunky yarns, patterned jersey, piquet
Colours
White shades, soft colours, grey and black