Reports on shows, trends, and more
Premiere Vision Fall/Winter 2005,
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
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 appliqués;
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
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
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