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Redefining clothing care: P&G innovates in the face of the growing lifestyle and fashion athleisure trend that is dominating consumers' ward

Global brands Ariel and Downy/Lenor are on a journey to redefine clothing care, to help keep like new for longer the fabric qualities that define the style, comfort and performance of the growing global athleisure trend in fashion.

BARCELONA, Spain - Thursday, December 3rd 2015 [ME NewsWire]


       The athleisure trend looks set to continue into 2016 and beyond, and according to experts is on its way to establish itself as one of the fastest-growing fashion segments by 2020. In fact, to many it is more than a trend, but rather a cultural and lifestyle shift that reflects the changing attitudes, and for some, an obsession with healthier lifestyles and wellbeing.

Ariel and Downy/Lenor, alongside renowned designer and P&G Fabric Care Global Fashion Consultant, Giles Deacon, explored the athleisure trend and the fabrics associated with it, in a limited edition washable capsule collection, revealed exclusively at the P&G Future Fabrics event in Barcelona, 2nd December 2015.

Giles commented: “I’m inspired by women that dress with confidence, that exude self-assurance and poise in their style. Here, I wanted to create designs that take this spirit and meet it with an athletic, energetic attitude. This collection is about being unique and individual, about women feeling comfortable in themselves and their clothes, never restricted and always ready to perform at their best”


By merging style with the comfort and functionality of sports clothes, athleisure is setting new standards for ready-to-wear fashion, resulting in clothes that celebrate the best of both worlds: body-aware but not constricting, high stretch and comfort, washable and versatile, stylish and casual.

A recent global survey commissioned by P&G Fabric Care*, on behalf of Ariel, Lenor and Downy, explored the popularity of the athleisure trend, revealing that:

    Nearly three out of four consumers (71%) consider active-inspired clothes as part of their “normal” everyday clothes
    Over one in four (27%) say leggings are their most favoured article of clothing for day to day wear
    Many wear active-inspired attire to run errands (56%), to travel (47%), to go shopping (41%) and even when going out to dinner (16%)

This new trend brings a challenge when it comes to clothing care. Today, 60% of loads contain laundry garments other than cotton. Athleisure garments include knitted fabrics, polyester, Lycra™, new wools, and many other fabrics, meaning that laundry loads are now more varied than ever. People are currently faced with 900+ wash combinations, factoring in the diversity of fibres, fabric construction, load size, soil and staining and water quality.


Understanding the relationship between the wearer and their clothes is key to the redefining clothing care. P&G Fabric Care brands Ariel and Downy/Lenor have embarked on a series of studies with leading Cognitive Psychologist, Dr Lawrence Rosenblum of the University of California Riverside, to delve deeper into the phenomenon of “Enclothed Cognition”. This term describes the subconscious effects of our clothes on the way we perceive ourselves, the way we think, our moods and behaviour.

Existing research shows that people perform better when they are wearing clothes that are associated with the important aspects of the task they are performing. In addition, early experiments suggest that cognitive performance is improved when wearing clean clothing. A massive 70% of people claim wearing fresh, active-inspired clothing can make them feel more energetic, and 62% say it increases confidence*, demonstrating the true importance of caring for clothes properly.

Dr Lawrence Rosenblum, Cognitive Psychologist, University of California Riverside comments: “There are definitely cognitive consequences of wearing formal clothes versus casual clothes. Our clothing changes the way we perceive ourselves, but it also changes the way the brain works, how it forms concepts, and the kind of decisions we make as a result. Our clothes affect us on an entirely different level that exists without other people telling us how we look and feel.”

Comfort, style and performance, have become the ubiquitous qualities associated with athleisure, and retaining a “like new” quality is at the forefront of research and development of all Ariel and Downy/Lenor clothing care products.


Ariel formulas provide advanced cleaning that delivers unbeatable clothing care for the latest natural and synthetic fibre mixes in athleisure wear, via a process of Ariel Fibre Purification and Ariel Fibre Preservation. This advanced Deep Clean Complex allows for washing at lower temperatures, helping to protect the colours and the fibres of fabrics, especially a fibre like elastane which is extremely common in athleisure and can be prone to damage.

Thanks to its proprietary blend of advanced cleaning technologies, Ariel removes seen and unseen impurities embedded deep within fabrics while also preventing them from re-depositing back on fibres to stop their build-up, as they can cause damage and premature aging of clothes (a process P&G clothing care experts call “grey veil”).

Ariel also helps protect the feel of comfort of athleisure clothes through FibreSCIENCE technologies specialized in optimising the wash conditions to help protect fibre integrity and preserve that “like-new” feel.


Downy’s/Lenor’s formulation helps preserve the texture and construction of athleisure garments and provides an uplifting perfume experience.

Inspired by the link between people’s emotions and scent, Downy/Lenor enhances garments and moods with sophisticated scent technology and perfume oils that provide an irresistible freshness experience and long-lasting fragrance throughout the day. Each delicate Downy/Lenor perfume is made up of more than 60 scent components delivering rich, complex fragrance profiles.

Furthermore Downy/Lenor penetrates deep in the layers of fabrics to condition the fibres and reduce friction between fabrics. Thanks to the process of Downy/Lenor Fibre Protection, a visible difference can be seen after just 5 to 10 washes, with less bobbling and pilling, helping to protect the in-wear fit and “like-new” feel of your athleisure garments. Every drop of Downy/Lenor contains billions of softness agents that help to reduce friction at a fibre level during the wash, as well as during day to day wear, minimizing the chances for fabric bobbling and pilling which cause damage and premature aging of clothes.

In just one bottle of Downy/Lenor, there are enough softness agents to cover 37000m2. That’s enough to fill the site of the Sagrada Familla** in Barcelona approximately three times***.

Keep your athleisure clothes like new for longer with Ariel and Downy/Lenor



*Survey results from an online survey of 1,017 adults aged between 18-50yrs globally in five key markets: United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, India and Egypt. Survey was undertaken on behalf of all of P&G’s fabric care range, including Ariel, Lenor, Downy and Tide.

** Sagrada Familia plot size is approximately 12,800 square metres.

*** 2.89 times

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About Giles Deacon

Giles Deacon is a celebrated fashion designer renowned the world over for his playful, show-stopping designs.

After graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 1992, Giles chose to travel and gain experiences at different fashion houses. He spent two years working with French fashion designer Jean Charles De Castelbajac before returning to London to work for a number of High Street fashion houses. It was during this time that Giles met the owner of Bottega Veneta, and from 1998 until 2002 Giles was the head designer at Bottega Veneta and the Gucci Group.

In 2004 Deacon launched his own label GILES at London Fashion week to international acclaim. His collection received numerous awards including “British Designer of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 and the prestigious French ANDAM Fashion Award in 2009. GILES celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014.

About Dr. Lawrence Rosenblum

Dr. Lawrence Rosenblum is an award winning Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of the book See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses. His research has been published widely in scientific journals and has been featured in Scientific American, The Economist, and The New York Times. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and BBC Horizon.

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