Fabric designers are making mathematics look easy with a strong emphasis on geometric prints for Spring ’97. Indeed, today’s textiles offer discerning manufacturers a complex equation of colors and motifs, including squares, rectangles, circles, cubes and spheres in a popular palette of bright green, yellow and orange. For more fabric trends, which will be showcased at the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition, due in New York on October 21-23 and the Los Angeles International Textile Show , due October 28-30.

Once again, these textile shows will offer manufacturers an abundance of fabric choices, straddling the seasonal fence between Spring and Fall ’97. Geometrics (from simple squares to optical patterns) will share Spring ’97’s spotlight with the continuing strength of ’70s patterns (flower power, stripes and mod motifs). For manufacturers who want a sneak peek at autumn, textiles will move toward luxurious, plush fibers, including rich mohairs, hairy wools, spongy boucles and deep velvets, while prints will range from traditional chalk stripes to paisleys and plaids.