Le Cuir A Paris winter trends 2007/200815 June 2006
SIC Group, organisers of the biannual Le Cuir A Paris, have released their trend forecast for the winter 2007/08 season. 'Our notions about materials for winter 07-08 have taken a romantic turn. Books carry us off to the land of legends and fairytales. We stay up all night reading detective stories and station romances. Our reading upsets our Cartesian mindset, tempted by science fiction. It puts us in an introspective mood, leaving us to muse on the ideas underlying philosophical essays.' For the winter 2007/08 season, there are three major narrative forms. They are relevant to all sectors: ready-to-wear, decoration, accessories, furnishing and the automotive industry. Legends - a fairytale vocabulary Transcending nature The enchanted forest stretches its branches from the Carpathians and Moldavia. Mythical creatures, gargoyles, chimeras, trolls and gnomes dwell in the mysterious woods. Dwarfs and giants rub shoulders with fantastic beasts: royal eagles, majestic stags, graceful swans, unicorns and phoenixes. Still lakes, mossy manor houses and Gothic castles lie in wait for princesses and witches. Novels Detective story Our nights are peopled by James Hadley Chase and William Irish. Haunted by elegant ladies with swept-up chignons, impeccable suits and naughty lingerie. In the daytime, prudish and mousey, they tap away on their Remingtons with their collars turned up. At the cocktail hour, with crimson lipstick, painted nails, and star glasses, they grace the lobbies of grand hotels, perched on high stools. Shameless hussies at night, they are to be seen riveted to the gaming tables in slinky sequinned gowns. Popular romance In the train that takes us from London to Brighton, Edinburgh to Inverness, Brussels to Bruges, Lille to Paris, indifferent to the landscape speeding past behind smoked windows, we devour cheap romances bought at the station, picked up in the square, borrowed from the local library. Breathlessly racing through the latest adventures of Arsène Lupin, Rouletabille, Rocambole or Sherlock Holmes. We shed a sympathetic tear for Eugène Sue's unlucky heroines and weep with emotion when Delly's girls fall in love. Essais Science fiction Fascinated by Bradbury's stories, troubled by Murakami's fantasies, intrigued by Tolkien's secrets, amazed by Jules Verne's premonitions, disturbed by our dreams of aliens, transported into the world of flying saucers; science fiction conjures up a world of familiar robots, scientific austerity and mystical, retro-futuristic techniques. The next edition of Le Cuir A Paris will be held 19-22 September 2006, Hall 4, Paris Nord Villepinte.