No matter happens in any of the other fashion weeks, Paris is a totally different animal. This is the place where anyone remotely connected to the fashion industry (including the wannabes) comes to see or be seen. The stage here not only focuses the spotlight on French designers, but most of the important designers around the globe. For here is where you show with the hopes of being internationally recognized.
This is the market most known for tossing out conceptual suggestion which are then picked up by others designers, manufactures, stores, textile professionals for reinterpretation. What you see is not always what you get. Designers will use the stage to show off their creative talents, all the while making the sales with more standard clothing at an off-site showroom. And though you will find many of the same trends spotted in NY, London and Milan, the direction of these shows will, sometimes, abandon the ship and swim in a totally new direction.
Again, it's all about fabric. In fact your material is more important than the silhouette of the garment. Look for fabrics with small black and white "noise" prints: swirls of short strokes, nubby textures, horizontal lines and irregular dots....all in monochromatic tones of dark+light.
If you cannot find the pattern you're looking for, get out the paints and create your own! What's interesting in this group are the signature prints featured at Sonia Rykiel. The dress to the left is simply "Moi" hand inscribed over and over. The "cross hatch" panes are assembled into a "statement" jacket.
And while on the subject of the 1960's, the cape is back. Simple to make, whether long or short, this is a garment that adds dash to a slim pants, short dresses or skirts.
Basic silhouettes are shaken up a bit with asymmetrical detailing like handkerchief points or uneven necklines or simply an organic wrap around the body.
And then there is Haider Ackermann, a designer known for his layering, and for making incredible clothes. You will not be able to duplicate this look (as is) for the doll. However the take-away is to incorporate craft touches...like macramé to the fashions. We love the safari jacket over the cargo pants or even the pleated skirt. But we really love the workmanship in the top and dress.
It's not over just yet. Stay tuned. Paris Part 2 is coming right up!
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