Fair showcases the latest trends in fabrics and garments, from sports products to street attire PRODUCTS REFLECTING the latest trends in outdoor and sports accessories will be on display at Global Sources' China Sourcing Fair: Fashion Accessories at AsiaWorld-Expo from tomorrow until next Tuesday. These include Nikko Sports International's newest line in high-performance garments and accessories for mountaineering, climbing and trekking, called the World Explorer Series. Nikko Sports strives to improve its range of products through the use of lighter and durable hi-tech materials and fabrics, which can comfortably protect the wearer against the elements and take the wear and tear of outdoor activities. Nikko Sports' new World Explorer collection, which includes apparel, shoes and accessories in a variety of styles and colours, show how far advances in synthetic fabric development are taking outdoor gear. The company's new weatherproof garments use premium, state-of-the-art synthetic fabrics that reach new levels in performance. These include the latest Gore-tex fabric, Gore-tex PacLite, an ultra-lightweight waterproof, windproof and breathable material which is easy to pack and resistant to oil and other substances that usually stick to fabric, and Microtex Professional, another vapour-releasing, waterproof synthetic fabric. Nikko's new range of garments is complemented by new waterproof footwear for trekkers, which also use Gore-tex fabric and high-density non-slip soles that can tackle all types of terrain. The new shoes feature a special nylon inner-sole which helps balance and stabilise sideways movement to allow wearers to trek for longer. 'Nikko Sports also provides other outdoor products, including backpacks [in sizes of about 50 to 80 litres], day packs [which can fit about 30 litres] and back-to-school bags [with about 20 to 35 litres]. 'We will display our back-to-school bags, travel kits and the latest in outdoor and functional garments [at Global Sources' fashion accessories trade show],' said Nikko Sports director Tracey Kim. Other suppliers will showcase high street fashion accessories in the China Sourcing Fair: Fashion Accessories, including bags, belts and hats. Hong Kong-based Maxxo has designed a range of products for the summer season with a worn-out look aimed at the fashion savvy. According to Cleeve Chau, development manager at Maxxo, belts have moved up from the hip and are now worn on the waist and mostly waist-cinching statement pieces too, while handbag styling appears to have moved over to belts with buckles, studs and deep cuffs set as one belt on another. The worn-out dirty look in khaki and dark grey fabrics is also becoming popular. 'In our range of belts, hats and bags we're using similar tones on materials such as canvas and denim. 'The trend this year is also leaning towards leather belts but with denim. I would say the stone-wash look is also back,' Mr Chau said. Embroidered prints, flowers and beaded items are also taking a lead on the runway in fashion accessories as consumers opt for a more Asian-fused western look. Handbags complementing the easy, feminine shape of clothes this season feature big, squishy shapes, natural materials, quilting, denim and bold prints. Details include big, bold gold chains and buckles, studs and patent leather.