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Premiere Vision Fall/Winter 2005, 2006

Remember the saying, "Less is more"? Not any more.

by Ellie Joos (October 18, 2004)

This is a huge fabric show that also features color and print direction for 2005 into 2006, held at the Parc des Expositions outside of Paris. Attendees from the fashion industry include designers, art directors, and retailers, as well as executives from the cosmetics, home decor, and packaging industries, plus editors from a wide range of publications.

Overall impression from the show: Texture and soft, drapey surfaces ... Tweeds and houndstooth re-sized and re-colored, gold threads, fur including animal prints, lace, sequin, beads, faceted jewels, rhinestones. Anything goes, mixture of textures, layers, soft and lightweight used together and trims used with abandon, mixture of patterns with lace, fabric inserts, use of real textures with "faux" furs. Animal prints in new colors, new prints including snakeskin revisited.

Florals: mostly large-scale, brocades, mille fleur (calico types), filigree, paisleys, wool influence on prints, tweeds, herringbones, houndstooth prints on cotton, silk fabrics, and florals printed on faded backgrounds.

Fuzzy surfaces: fleeces, fake furs, animal skins, printed leopard on top of florals.

In the stores on Rue St. Honore and Galleries Lafayette: extravagance and more are the key words; mixing of fabrics and patterns ... trims on top of trims ... ribbons used with lace, used with fringe, and used with faceted jewels all in one garment. Fur trims ... gold threads.

Jewels on jackets, shoes, broaches, and hair clips ... "Fantasy" hair clips flower petals glued to hair clips with free floating petals, feathers, on fine wire extending from the clips (45 to 80 Euro or about $50 to $90!)

What a time to be a home sewer/crafter! It is easy to update your wardrobe by

A. adding a ribbon bow to a cardigan at the neck or waist;

B. making faceted jeweled pins to wear in clusters at the shoulder or hip;

C. adding a lace or tulle ruffled edge to the hem of a skirt, jacket, or sleeves;

D. making make a fabric handbag using tweeds or houndstooth checks and finish it off with jeweled or felted appliqus;

E. crocheting or knitting an easy poncho;

F. adding jewels to your shoes; g) adding rows of pearl buttons to the edge of a cardigan or giant buttons to the front of a jacket;

G. and just when you think you are done, add a little more to get the latest embellished looks of the season.

Note: Ellie is president of Ellie Joos & Associates, a marketing, pr, and product development firm. To read Ellie's reports on other industry-related shows, click on the titles in the right-hand column. To contact Ellie call 908-459-9269 or email eleapple@hotmail.com. To read previous Scene & Heard columns, click on the titles in the right-hand column.

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