field trip: 2014 paris trade show trends

Hello, hello! Your French-ish correspondent here with some tidbits from the Paris scene.

Paris Fashion Week has ended, sadly, but the the trade shows followed at its heels, wrapping just this past Tuesday. Yours truly was on hand to scope out some of the trends that will be taking over the runways next season. And the word is.... (dun dun dun!!!):

TAILORED TRIBAL! (I just coined that, so respect the TM, y'all.)

I'm seeing this look referred to as "derelict chic" which 1) is ripped off from "Zoolander," and 2) is depressing. While, yes, this recursion does seem somewhat inspired by the lethargic economy and global climate issues (those enormous coats are so on), what I saw in the big hangars downtown was a melding of tradition and innovation.

So what, specifically, should we be looking for, you ask? I mean:

  • Big, chunky woven textiles and knits (à la the Sami people of Finland)
  • Metallic accents and statement necklaces (primitive bling, anyone?)
  • Tailo red separates in graphic, textured patterns 
  • For coats:
  • either structured shells in dramatic silhouettes,
  • or big, "Almost Famous" level (faux) fur. You are the Abominable Snow Princess.
  • Color palettes:
  • rustic jewel tones: the deepest tones you can get from plant sources (indigo, maroon, saffron)
  • all silver-gray everything (see A.S.P., above) aka Intergalactic Tailored Tribal
  • Sorry I don't have more photos for you. My press pass didn't extend to the iPhone. Here are some photos from around the web to explain.

    These days you can also catch me writing for Fashion Republic Magazine (clicky clicky) and doing some social media for their FB page. You'll like it; you'll really "like" it. ;)

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