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Young Couture


Proving that womenswear fabrics can be youthful and yet still exude couture flair is the weaving mill Philea. At this French mill they are expert at dealing with viscose and similar silky fabrics and initial samples for Winter 2012/13 have confirmed the increased importance attached to good fabric quality in ready-to-wear.

This is a perfect match for the collection which fascinates here with warp knits blending polyamide and MicroModal, crepey, light viscose/polyamide/wool blends and elegant cotelés with polka dot flock prints plus lace jacquards that despite their finesse look simple and almost rustic. Flowing crepes with a satin reverse and lacquered acetate with viscose stripes also casually combine elegance with youth. Anyone with their eye on the French fashion label Kooples will know what we are talking about. They already featured skirts in Philea fabrics over the summer.

Green Couture

Kaska Hass

Cheerful, pert and refined – this is what the wedding and couture fashion by Kaska Hass Couture from Berlin aims to be.

And already the first High Eco Fashion collection launched by this label for summer 2012 embodies this independent style with a sense of humour, which does not come as a surprise knowing the designer Kaska Hass and her love of the theatre and affinity for the stage. The basis of this collection, however, is very sound comprising certified eco silks and organic cottons made by renowned Swiss weaving mills. We wish her lots of success!


Ever heard that old German nursery rhyme? “Green, green, green are all my dresses….” Today this applies to a pretty substantial proportion of textile and fashion items. And more and more people are looking to a sustainable and environment-conscious lifestyle… Reason enough to network and strengthen the green areas of MUNICHFABRICSTART to an even better and greater extent.

This is why the ECO Village is moving to the Room K3 right next to Lecture Room K4 (TRENDVISIONS) on the ground floor next to the main entrance of Hall 4. This means it will be located right opposite the organicselection Forum in the entrance area of Hall 4 – allowing visitors to capitalise on pooled “green power” in and near Hall 4.

At the Competence Centre ECO Village you will – as usual – find well-versed international experts from non-profit organisations and certifiers consulting you on any issues related to environmental friendliness, social compatibility and eco standards.

The experts at the ECO Village at the MUNICHFABRICSTART AUTUMN.WINTER 12/13 are:


  • Institut für Marktökologie IMO is an independent certifier for all controlled areas from production through to retail.
  • The International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN) pools the interests and concerns of all actors in the natural textiles sector.
  • Textile Exchange is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of sustainable textiles along the entire textile supply chain, especially organic cotton.
  • bluesign focuses on developing a standard for the textile industry that covers all the aspects of environment, health and safety.

Featuring for the first time:

  • MADE-BY supports fashion brands and dealers in the development and implementation of sustainable strategies to improve the social and ecological conditions within manufacturing chains.
  • CERES is a certification body for ecological agriculture and processing of ecological foods as well as ecological textiles (acc. to GOTS and BEST) and sustainable organic fuels.

organicselection: The central information pool of the trade fair for certified ecological and sustainable fabrics presents over 400 trendy fabrics made by some 60 exhibitors. MUNICHFABRICSTART’s proprietary classification system guarantees an assured, high standard of the fabrics submitted while providing a rapid overview of the scale of this sustainable approach.

New! The GREENZONE as a forum in the BLUEZONE. It provides an overview of ecologically oriented and sustainably produced denim articles but also denims certified according to the organicselection concept. Above and beyond this, you will also find interesting and market-driven “green” approaches in the areas of denim and flat wovens that would not (yet) comply with the “strict” rules – but are of interest and relevance to the market.