TFL’s new leather trends in colour6 October 2017
TFL’s new colour trend catalogue for autumn/winter 2018–19 reveals the latest trends for leather garments, footwear, accessories and upholstery, dividing them into ‘wearing’ and ‘living’. Leather International gets a glimpse of what’s going to be hot in the cooler seasons.
TFL understands that advance knowledge of future colour preferences and trends helps designers, manufacturers and tanners to stay one step ahead of the market. The company also provides information about dyes and dye applications.
TFL’s SELLA range, meanwhile, comprises anionic powder dyes for drum dyeing all types of article. The products provide many advantages, such as brilliant and intense shades, good general fastness properties, and an excellent cost/ performance ratio.
The organisation also presents the TFL RODA Lite 07 casein-free range of finely dispersed, anionic water-based pigments. Good overall fastness and excellent covering power makes them ideal for shoes and leather goods, as well as upholstery and garments.
Wearing it well
Every imaginable trend finds a place in this refined, futuristic set accompanied by an infinite cascade of leathers.
From enigmatic soft brushed-off leather imbued with nocturnal charm and mystery (using dark acrylic waxes and emulsions), to kidskin and buffalo with deep, voluptuous glazed grains retanned with chrome and zirconium until they are so soft they slip through the fingers.
A new ‘rainbow’ look for crocodile, python and lizard with a water or solvent-based patent finish ensures a touch of opulent elegance that is enhanced by a brushing of exquisite pearls, as well as pop influences in the more extravagant, brighter shades.
Suede leathers have improved, due to a unique style created with a passion for colourful interplays and the use of different-sized leathers from various countries. Standouts include kidskin, lambskin and calfskin, in a kaleidoscope of dyed, chrome-free leathers.
Emphasising the contrast between glossy and matt finishes, nappa boots, shoes and bags accentuate the most finely milled grains, while clear and inspiring chemistry ensures that tipping finishes flatter the more ethereal prints, which have been embossed with rollers and plates.
The leathers are natural, with a faded look, but each contains innovative waterproof fatliquors with a full hand and clear, oily pullups fixed with high-performance polyurethanes. When not micro or macroprinted, the calf footwear leathers are treated with fine retanning agents and resins, and styled into elegant ankle, or plush riding, boots.
Living it up
Whether cosy or sculptural, deepest black or purposely powdery, milled nubuck is next winter’s leather of choice, and features in a wide range of interiors that are guaranteed to amaze with their exquisite detail.
When tinged with eastern influences, it lights up with acrylic effects in silk satin ecru, giving stitching the sculptural look of a 1950s dress.
Inspired by Central Europe, floral motifs are roller-printed or ink-jetted, and then dusted with a sprinkling of clouds of clear, powdery cationic wax. Nubuck also becomes white wallpaper with stucco-style finishes over the surface, creating a handmade look.
When it drapes softly like gleaming velvet, the effect is hypnotic in sapphire blue, amethyst purple, emerald green and rich burgundy, accentuating the ethereal processing achieved with enzymes and imperceptibly fine fatliquors.
With understated, yet sublime, skill, the nubuck half calf is complemented by the leather, as a polished gleam refracts the light from the finest Liberty-style oils and waxes or by a worn, vegetable-tanned technovintage vibe for grains created by embossing or delicate milling. Origami-like petals and crystals create luminescent refractions of worn liquid foils on bovine leather for multitasking accessories.