Running in conjunction with Paris Fashion Week, the Paris Womenswear Trade Shows bring together the best international apparel, accessories and footwear brands. The Fall/Winter 2017-18 Tranoi Femme, WOMAN and Premiere Classe events showcase contemporary and directional design talent for a comprehensive overview of fashion’s largest and most influential sector.
This season tactile fabrics and cosy textures, the outerwear and knitwear categories were the natural heroes of the shows. Plays with proportion, unexpected colour combinations, new construction techniques and fabrications all served to reinvent these classics and bring fresh levels of innovation to the womenswear market.
Held across the two iconic venues of Carrousel du Louvre and Palais de la Bourse, Tranoi Femme is one of the largest Paris trade events. A predominantly contemporary womens based show with beautiful transseasonal collections at Nathalie Fordeyne, Lie and Ti Baeg.
Images left to right: Sprung, Lovafur and Unfleur, all Fall Winter 2017-18
From plush mink to cosy teddy textures, fur is an essential winter wardrobe component. At Tranoi Femme, exhibitors including furriers Sprung, outdoor fashion label Canadian Classics, and fashion-forward newcomers Unfleur showed uber tactile outerwear and daywear pieces in rich autumnal tones with rusty, burnt orange tones looking especially new. For those who prefer the faux option, Lovafur offered fun finishes and directional colour-ways with a luxury feel.
A busy, buzzy atmosphere at the Jardin des Tuileries venue set the stage for another successful Premiere Classe. Paris’ premiere accessories showcase featured a mix of established names and fresh faces with the jewellery category having a particularly strong showing.
Images left to right: Lost Property of London, Maison Vaincourt and Cafune, all Fall Winter 2017-18
Leather goods were of particular note with emphasis on contemporary classics. Bags and belts from labels including Maison Vaincourt, Cafune and Lost Property of London brought traditional leatherworking techniques bang up-to-date with pieces that combine premium quality handcrafting with modern minimalist design.
WOMAN’s new temporary venue at Place Vendome played host to a curated selection of directional womenswear and accessories brands. A collaborative Berlin Showroom area introduced German designers to Paris and added a new dimension to the show. Trendstop especially loved Agnes Nordenholz’ bags and Tata Christane’s vibrant printed streetwear.
Images left to right: Nintsa, M Patmos and I Love Mr Mittens, all Fall Winter 2017-18
As with fur, knitwear is unsurprisingly key to Fall/Winter and this season we saw everything from new experimental techniques to revivals of classic styles. Chunky yarns and outsized proportions were the hallmarks at WOMAN with thick cabling at Nintsa, statement innovations at M. Patmos and XXL silhouettes at I Love Mr Mittens. Soft grey tones and winter neutrals dominated but for the more adventurous, neons and primary brights stood out at YearOne and Hope.
Alongside the trade shows, many designers opted for the more intimate feel of a showroom presentation and Trendstop were delighted to attend the preview of handbag designer Sabrina Zeng’s Fall/Winter collection. Inspired by her travels along the French Riviera, to the vineyards of Italy and back home to New York, each piece is named by a Zip Code and incorporates elements of each journey into the designs along with Sabrina’s signature pleat detail. Our favourites included the Chiaroscuro Tote and Infinity Shoulder Bag.
Images: Sabrina Zeng Fall Winter 2017-18
About The Shows
The Paris womenswear trade shows will return for the Spring/Summer 2018 season in late September and early October. Premiere Classe holds two editions per season, the next event will be held at Porte de Versailles, Paris from the 8th-11th September.