Fashion trends from Le Cuir A Paris

6 June 2007

Discreet & Bucolic
Discreet exalts traditional craftsmanship to give new value to modernity and adopts a new relaxed attitude which combines charm and modesty with creativity. Bucolic sees a return to high quality basics, timeless classics and reinvents fashion that is easy to wear but sophisticated. In town or country, they lunch around a futuristic kitchen table made from eternal materials and add a dash of hot ketchup to their steamed organic vegetables.

The right materials that are scarcely noticed are natural but not raw and are easy to wear. A range of natural colours includes paper, horsehair, hemp and lemon yellow; the colours of cereals and pollen. A range of terracotta and chic sportswear: tiles, thistle, club green and Klein blue. The new styles emphasise craftsmanship and feature the textures of cereals, leather like shirts and elaborate handcrafted finishes. The materials are spotless, very stiff vegetable leather or very supple calfskin, farmhouse checks, floral prints and fresh cotton, while finishes are impeccable and even sophisticated. Accessories include buttons, horn, natural wood, hemp, cord, string, macramé, ironwork locks and brushed metal Clever & Curious The clever and curious have dreamed of or visited faraway lands and have soaked up all kinds of exotica. They superimpose images of wild nature and urban technology to nourish their handicrafts. Land art sets the tone and feeds their cross-cultural exoticism. They invent hyper-reality and ultra-nature and use synthetic imagery to transfigure the ordinary. They respect traditions and adapt know-how. They are their own fashion designers, swathe themselves in heavy fabrics, hammer leather and metal and pile on elaborate ornaments. These citizens of the world stylise the ethnic look. Inspiration is taken from summer weather, nocturnal tones and spots of light. Heavy two-tone schemes include dark black, charcoal brown, chocolate, bamboo, Klein blue, baked reds and burning suns with ethnic claims. Craftsmanship and simplified ethnic patterns combine with elaborate, sophisticated materials in interlaced patches. Camouflage and giant monochrome or multicoloured prints, psychedelic patterns and arabesques vie with one another in calm opulence. Textures include raw hide, vegetable leather with coloured edges and very supple, smooth, leathers, natural grains, crocodile, snakeskin, fish skin floral cut-outs and motifs, arabesques, dark denim, colourful stripes. Accessories are in copper, deep, rich gold on worked, hammered metals. Tortoiseshell, plaited cords and fringes feature alongside rough, irregular stones & return; Mathematical & Dreamy Mathematicians, chemists, engineers and poets have invented flexible, translucent materials - elastic, supple fabrics mindful of skin. They dream of chrysalises and membranes suspended in space. They explore the sky map and the ocean floor to design a creature in parenthesis, holding its breath, light and immaterial. They imagine bubble shapes, pleated corollas and puffy, inflated silhouettes, lit by optical fibres and luminous crystals. This theme is heading for spirituality with soft curves and interlaced ovals. Colours are hazy. A range of subtle, cloudy, greenish or yellowish greys and eggshell white, with flashes of acid clarity, gleams of lemon yellow, blanched sky and luminous pink. Cool metallic transparency, brushed silver and silver gilt reinforce the yearning for futuristic, dreamy perfection. Couture spirit, very structured, bleached, powdery natural materials mix with evanescent, milky, siliconed synthetics; resin and latex and ceramics, sheer nylon. Textures include ultra light leather, glazed lambskin, sotto vetro, frosted looks, washed deerskin, and glazed kid with a slight pearly sheen. These are accesorised with moonstones and mysterious gems, imperceptible embroidery and faint engraving.

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