Jim Atkinson Fabric sourcing manager for NextAsia The fashion industry always works a few years ahead of the current season - which means that Jim Atkinson, for example, is already planning for 2005. He visits the European fashion fairs twice a year to keep on top of the most fashionable hottest trends in fabrics. This is what we can expect by the end of this year: 'We can expect to see more finishing on fabric to give basic fabrics a new angle. Fabrics will have a variety of different coatings, such as silicon and wax, and will be dyed or printed - things such as pigment dyeing. All of these processes will alter the touch, texture and look of the fabric. There is a trend to create a washed or faded-out look for casual or formal styling. Denim is starting to look cleaner and less extreme in the washing, with more emphasis on getting a new fabric or pair of jeans to look authentically old. There is also more awareness concerning what people want from their sports clothing. Whether it be for the gym, yoga, skiing or football, people are looking for garments that will help them perform, so there is a focus on fabrics with properties to achieve this - such as sweat management, temperature regulation and breathability. Punk will be a strong influence in clothing for women and girls' and guys' clothing will see a strong military influence. But if war does break out the military theme may well get interpreted in an anti-war way (see No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, left).'