The Spring 2016 Women’s Performance Collection of outwear for women from Antigua is highlighted by combinations of poly and spandex in some interesting jewel tones, unique prints with the silhouettes so successful from previous years.
“The addition of multiple outerwear styles has been a turning point for us in the women’s collection,” says Danielle Dellios, head of women’s design at Antigua. “I have found there are so many different types of outerwear that it was easy to expand the offering by adding in shell pieces along with knit pullovers that act like layering pieces.”
Style Expression uses a polyester/spandex heavy interlock fabric and with draw cords at the side seams allowing the wearer to decide how much cinch she wants or the garment can be left fully extended and wear it as a basic solid pullover. Style Serenity is an all-over tonal jacquard pattern mid-weight pullover in a lightweight but dense feel fabric due to the heavy brushing and the nature of the jacquard pattern. These properties make a versatile pullover that will keep the wearer warm while still breathing.
“Lastly, there seems to be a call-out from the consumer for a lightweight water-resistant shell style, which is where Adventure comes in,” says Dellios. “Adventure features neutral color bodies with a pop of color accents. Elastic shirring at the elbow provides ease of movement. Contrast silicone print details at the neckline and princess seam offer a fun take on traditional styling.”
Antigua’s use of color for Spring 2016 women’s outerwear focuses on saturated jewel tones. “We felt the neon colors were slowly fading away and the more basic, primary colors were coming into play,” says Dellios. “Color direction in the sportswear market has been stagnant, so we took our cues from high fashion and made our our version of a primary palette. For the first time in years, we decided not to run pink, but instead picked a bright clean red called Fire.” Other colors include a true kelly green called Verdant, a vibrant royal blue named Hypnotic, a sunshine yellow aptly named Sunburst, and lastly a step away from the traditional purple with a more berry color called Mardi Gras. These primary jewel tones are paired with black and white throughout the collection.
Again for next year Antigua is using their DESERT DRY moisture-wicking technology in a product family that includes any garment using a fabric weight of 150 gsm or heavier. Typically fabrics over 150 gsm offer more body and improved drape for the customers who don’t like the ultra-lightweight “clingy” fabrics currently in the market. DESERT DRY XTRA-LITE (D2XL) combines Antigua’s exclusive DESERT DRY moisture-wicking feature with specially constructed ultra-light fabrics for maximum wicking performance and optimum comfort. The D2XL product family includes any garment using a fabric weight of 150 gsm or lighter. These fabrics have been specially engineered to be lightweight while not being overly sheer. This is possible through the use of ultra-fine yarns which gives a fabric more body while not dramatically increasing the weight.