According to Intertextile Directions Trend Committee, post-pandemic apparel fabric trends will focus on the theme ‘secure’. For SS 2022, four key trends will represent this theme: Essentials, Poetics, Paradises and Show-Off. Visitors can touch and feel how fabric samples deliver sense of security at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Spring Edition 2021. As the current society’s model is being challenged by the pandemic, trends for fashion are developing in two major directions: one catering to the need for comfort and reassurance, while the other about expressing oneself in a more joyful, optimistic style that is free from anxiety. High-performance and natural or recycled fabrics will be a focus, in order to meet the demands of everyday life and to be eco-responsible. The trends are decided by a committee of top forecasters from around the world: NellyRodi Agency (Paris, France), Elementi Moda (Milan, Italy), Doneger Creative Services (New York, US) and Sachiko Inoue (Tokyo, Japan). On-trend fabric samples submitted by exhibitors will be displayed at the Intertextile Directions Trend Forum at the fair. What can be expected of the trends is described below: Essentials: Focus on timeless, essential authenticity. A low-profile atmosphere where functionality and sustainability are more than ever at the heart of our values. Two clean, simple, timeless palettes mixed with touches of light, patinated greys and pinkish earth tones. High quality fabrics such as organic linen, cotton, silk and Tencel are preferred for a natural look. Patterns are sensitive and refined to bring out ‘less is more’. Poetics: An intense need to re-root ourselves in history. Nourished by local cultures and traditions, a melodic ballad in a new vernacular is invented. A delicate palette of soft, fresh, almost historical mid-tone pastels combined with the delicacy of simple vintage tones that appear to be faded by the sun. Fabrics reflect a pretty, refined mood in a romantic, grandma ‘trousseau’ style while textures are mixed with jacquards from delicate vintage archives revisited and modernised. Paradises: Driven by the belief in a better elsewhere, inspiration comes from lost paradises, like deserts or faraway islands with authentic culture, craft and inspirations. A palette poised between authentic craft neutrals conjuring the scorched earthy tones of islands and regenerative folk tones bursting with optimism. Handmade and authentic surfaces such as irregular jacquards and yarn-dyed finishes are desired, along with raw effects and imperfections in a mix of upcycled fibres or patched deadstock fabrics. Show-Off: Chromodynamics, opulence and energy expressed in a techno-luminous spirit. Clean lines and sleek silhouettes burst forth in vibrant colours and dynamic shapes influenced by 80s-90s design. Two main palettes with the first being a glam range featuring bright warm reds ranging from pinkish tones to more orange hues, and another colder range of deep greens and intense blues, occasionally taking a glittery direction. Fabrics made of new-age synthetics are fluid, slinky, silky and always shiny or matte.