APLF Colour & Material Trends Spring-Summer 2023

by Olivier Guillemin [o,o] in collaboration with the Comité Français de la Couleur.

An optimistic season that leaves room for an enormous creative freedom. Vitality and energy stimulate and inspire us. 

Nature and the environment remain at the heart of our preoccupations and encourage us to be more responsible. 

The virtual world becomes more evident… The Metaverse revolution is on the way!


A luminous range to escape the everyday with your head in the clouds.

Diaphanous neutrals and celestial variations are shaken up by an insolent coral.

Lightweight, supple quality materials


Leather with classic grains / Plunged lamb / Leather with rubbery hands / Geometric perforations / Thick, matte, smooth cow leather / Patent leather / Lizard skin / Double-faced leather and neoprene/mesh / Padded, wadded metallics / Stainless steel chain mail / Two-tone mesh / Washed denim / Recycled nylon / Heat-formed fabrics / Organic sunburst pleating.


Celestial and bleached clouds motifs / Classic geometric prints / Holographic kinetic transfer prints / Printed logos in shiny silicone / Painted, tone-on-tone metal accessories / Waterproof zippers / Tubular foam lacings / Matte rubber finishes/ Sneaker charms / XXL plexiglas buckles.


A range that plays on earthy, natural colours.

Precious, timeless variations of browns and greenish tones lightened up by a subtle gold.

Textured, authentic, refined materials


Bubble-effect sheepskin / Eco leather / Vegetable-tanned leather with motifs / Cowhide leather / Leather made with metal-free tanning / Braided leather / Rough fish skin / Plant-based “leather” made from pineapple, grape pulp, mushrooms / Coated canvas / Recycled canvas & thick linen canvas / Cork, straw and natural raffia / Multi-material braiding / Patchwork of denim, canvas and nubuck / Folklore weavings.


Rattan motif or embossing / Abstract vegetation prints / Motifs made of brushed rivets / Accessories in wood and rattan / Buckles in leather / Accessories in recycled resins / Functional trekking accessories / Handles and braids in woven leathers and cords / Shamanic amulets and charms / Semi-precious stones


A delicate, fresh range where floral and acidic novelties contrast with a dark, fruity red.

Sensual, fresh, delicate materials


Bright or pastel nubuck / Ultra-shiny leather / Pearlized, metallic, iridescent plunged lambskin / Fine, supple nappa calf / Lacy suede / Stretch leather and suede / Coloured water snake / Pleated fabric and leather / Linen with metallic accents / Pastel macramé / Brushed satin / Summer cashmere/ Satiny, fluid, lightweight parachute nylon / Satin tulle and pleated organza.


Floral motifs / Pastel tie-dye / Enameled metal buckles and chains / Leather-sheathed accessories / Pearlized metal findings / Silk fringes / Iridescent rivets / Flower clips in patent leather / Liberty-print ribbons, satin bows / Beads, rhinestones, studs, sequins / Embroidery patches and insignias / Feathers, powder puffs and swan’s down ruffles.


A contrasted, joyous range to play and relax for either exercising or partying.

New brights to associate with white, a flash of silver or black lacquer.

Innovative materials made using audacious technologies


Box calf / Leather with saffiano and caviar grains / Metallic rainbow-coloured skins / Leather with quilted motifs / Water-based PU / Colourful python and crocodile / Holographic materials / Rainbow-coloured spinnaker nylon / Puffy mesh and neoprene / Vinyl and patent leather / 3D grids and nettings / Sequins and rhinestones /Terrycloth / Patent raffia / Fabrics with inset LED lights.


Colourful checkerboard prints / Pixelized motifs / Allover logomania prints / Kinetic holographic transfer prints / Colourful metallic findings in shot electric paint / Coloured rhinestone fringes / Glittery cords and laces / Brightly-coloured cabochons / Fluorescent pipings / Neoprene or terrycloth labels.

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


APLF Fairs follow Informa AllSecure, Informa’s approach to enhanced health and safety standards at events in the aftermath of COVID-19.

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