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PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:48 16 May 2016

Clothing for the future, the revolutionary new collection. Photo: Agnes Lloyd Platt

Clothing for the future, the revolutionary new collection. Photo: Agnes Lloyd Platt

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Whether it's the length of your skirt or a good yarn, see what's new in Hertfordshire's fashion scene

The extended range at BackstitchThe extended range at Backstitch

Don’t skirt around the issue

This season’s top length is midi. Technically, anything below knee and before ankle is midi, although it’s perfectly worn a third down your shin. It can be worn in a pencil-skirt style or loose and flowing.

It’s not an easy length to wear, but it can be very pretty and playful if styled correctly. The key is height – if you are tall, then this is a great length for you to show off your statuesque beauty. If you are more petite, then heels or a relaxed wedge are essential, as this style shortens the look of the legs. Cinching in the waist is also key to perfecting this look, as midi is cut from, and should be worn, high on the waist.

Available in dress or skirt form, there are many lovely versions of this trend on the high street.

Future of fashion

The University of Hertfordshire has announced a revolutionary new collection of wearable 3D printed clothing.

Sculptural couture printed garments have already graced the catwalk for designers including Noa Raviv and Chanel, but designs so far have been solid with little movement, making them difficult to wear. The MODECLIX prototypes, masterminded by the university’s Associate Dean for Business and Innovation Shaun Borstock, address this challenge by using printed textiles that mimic traditional cloth and are flexible. In collaboration with Mark Bloomfield, a 3D specialist and designer behind the electrobloom label, the breakthrough project ‘focuses on an interpretation of weave, stitch and knit’.

The design process creates clothes that are customisable to any size and shape and can be dyed a spectrum of colours.

Dr Borstock said it is only a matter of time before we see 3D collections on the high street, with 3D printing technology in stores. He added, ‘We’re pleased to be part of the movement that is exploring how this might become a reality.’

The collection of eight dresses and two headpieces can be viewed online from May 1 at herts.ac.uk/digitalhacklab

Good yarn at Backstitch

Fabric and haberdashery store Backstitch has extended its range to include knitting and crochet yarn, needles, patterns and supplies to meet growing demand for make-your-own.

Based at Burwash Manor shopping destination in converted farm buildings to the north of Royston near Grantchester, the shop has doubled the size of its premises, and will also be offering knitting and crochet classes in addition to its existing sewing lessons.

Owner Alice Synge said, ‘Many of our sewing customers knit and crochet too, and yarn and knitting haberdashery has until now been a clear gap in our offer. We’re really excited to become a one-stop stitchcraft shop.

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