Predicting the fashion future is no easy task.
Fashion brands take a risk on what the popular colours and styles are going to be in the next 12 months and then they commit to some conservative stock holding and then hope they have got it right.
Stanley Stella's 2018's predictions seem to be loose fit and pastel tones with 11 new products for adults and 4 new colours.
Two new styles for ladies being the Stella Lazes and Fringes, and 2 two for men being the Stanley Trims and Bears.
Stanleys Stella Lazes
The 'Lazes' does just what is says. It hangs loosely and languidly from the female frame with an airy and oversized fit.
Made from a Slub fabric, this loose tee-shirt has dropped shoulder short sleeves, a neck collar in self-fabric with one needle topstitch, bottom sleeves rolled up and fixed with bartack, inside back neck tape in self-fabric, a back yoke with two needle topstitch, a round bottom hem with blind-stitch (back length longer than front length)
100% Organic ring-spun Combed Cotton, 120 gsm which is the lightweight end of the weight spectrum and designed to make it hang more.
The 'Fringes' is described as a 'boxy relaxed fit'.
It is made of 100% combed organic ring spun cotton and is a whopping 200gsm which puts it on the heavy end of the weight spectrum.
It has a short length in the body, a chunky thick ribbed neck and a twin over-lock stitch effect down the side seam.
The arms are a slightly longer length than usual which appears to be the emerging fashion trend, moving away from the shorter capped sleeve that has been popular in the last 5 years.
It comes in two colours, white and candy pink and is suitable for all print methods. Screen-print, digital, embroidery, vinyl and transfer printing.
Fair Wear and GOTS accredited with the usual soft hand feel and high quality finish you will expect from this Belgium brand.
The 'Bears' is a mens or unisex T-shirt that is made of a 'pique' knit.
This is the type of construction you would find in a standard polo shirt where the surface texture has a visibly larger and more pronounced feel.
The neckline and the arm cuffs have the same thick knit chunky finish. There is a small 'v' shaped side vent on the bottom side seam.
Described as a medium fit, this 180 gsm cotton garment is suitable for screen-print and embroidery but be advised that the pique knit will affect the finish of a screen-print as it is a slight rough substrate to start with.
The 'Trims' has a unique, wider than usual neck trim we have not seen in a T-shirt before.
At 35mm wide this is at least twice as wide as your standard neck rib. Other than this there are no other unusual features which are notable.
The weight is t 155gsm which is standard for a value weight T-shirt you might get from Anvil or Fruit of the Loom.
It comes in your standard basic colours, white, navy, black, baby blue and heather grey.
The smooth, tight knit weave offers the usual high quality print surface that Stanley Stella products.Can be screen-printed and digitally printed or embroidered with a medium to low stitch heavy design.
Stanley Stella Reduces
Described as a loose fit Crop hoodie. It has a set-in sleeve drop shoulder and a raw edge cut bottom/hem. The draw cord is the same colour as the garment and it has metal eyelets.
A middle weight, 300 gsm fabric, made from 85% organic cotton and 15% polyester.
Great for screen printing and embroidery with the usual Fair Wear accreditation you expect from this ethical brand.
Relaxed fit drop shoulder crewneck sweatshirt with Set-in sleeve.
85% Organic ring-spun Combed Cotton, 15% Polyester suitable for screen printing and embroidery.
Middle weight 300 gsm
Comes in 6 colours, the basics like navy blue and heather grey but there are a couple of risky wild cards. Candy pink and baby blue. This is probably reflecting the unisex pitch of this product.
This Raglan sleeve sweat only comes in 2 basic colours, black and heather grey.
It is a lighter weight 260 gsm and the inside feel is not the standard brushed soft feel you normally find inside a sweatshirt.
The outside feel is a Heavy piqué rather than the soft-spun or brushed feel you find on a sweatshirt.
It has a slim 20 mm wide rib at neck collar, a 70mm wide sleeve hem and bottom hem.100% Organic ring-spun Combed Cotton makes is suitable for digital printing, if you are ok with the slightly rough surface, screenprint and embroidery
This Light padded windbreaker is made from 100% recycled polyester, has a Set-in sleeve, Lined hood with elastic tape binding, Nylon zip at front in matching body colour with deco puller and chin guard.
Comes in 3 basic colours, with side pockets have a sealed nylon zip and the sleeve hem and bottom hem have an Elastic tape. It is fully quilted on the inside and can be embroidered with the aid of an inside access zip and could be vinyl printed or transferred but this is a difficult product to screen print.
100% Recycled polyester and a lightweight 70 gsm which you expect from a wind breaker/ rain resistant jacket you can stuff in your bag as a fullback when the UK weather switches up on you.
This relaxed fit Raglan short sleeves dress has contrast binding at neckline and bottom sleeves in a reversed fabric.
The Raw edge effect at bottom hem and Seam that runs down the centre back length are unusual features along with the inside out neck and sleeve cuffs.
Feels 'skater', 'tattoo girl', 'surf girl' throws it on straight out of her wetsuit.
85% Organic ring-spun Combed Cotton, 15% Polyester 300 gsm
Jogging shorts for LA beach boulevards and Fistral liggers looking for boy booty.
Self-fabric waistband, matching 'body colour' round draw cords and metal end tipping and metal eyelets.
The inside pockets have a mind blowing contrast colour so when you get your phone out you get a flash of alternative colour.
Bottom hem has a narrow single jersey binding that scoops up at the side.
300 gsm, 85% Organic ring-spun Combed Cotton and 15% Polyester stops this being a GOTS accredited product but it comes close.
Can be printed or embroidered.
85% Organic ring-spun Combed Cotton, 15% Polyester300 gsm, beautifully standard Jogging shorts which everyone needs a pair of eventually.
They have a self-fabric waistband, matching 'body colour' round draw cords with metal end tipping and metal eyelets.
Freaky contrast coloured inside the pockets with side panels in self-fabric
A deco fly, which means you can't get your business out but it looks like you could.
Welt pocket at back for your retro flip phone as your modern smart phone will struggle with such a tight space.
Author: Arron Harnden.