In Paris, ready-to-wear designers displayed their fashion collections for autumn and winter over the weekend (7-8 April).
In Paris, ready-to-wear designers displayed their fashion collections for autumn and winter over the weekend (7-8 April). Fashion experts from around the world gathered to view the latest trends in off-the-peg creations, and to buy for their own national fashion markets.
SYNOPSIS: Many ready-to-wear designs looked far more practical than some haute couture fashions seen earlier this spring. Buyers are seeking garments for the working woman or home-maker, rather than the privileged few who can afford limited-copy designs. This elegantly-cut suit, for instance, is practical for the career woman at a business meeting or an evening engagement.
More than two thousand fashion experts and buyers were here, and ready to place orders worth millions of dollars to France.
The trend in dresses is towards wasp-waisted designs, wide shoulders and hems closer to the knee than in the past few years. A distinctly feminine look, using materials that drape and create a fluid effect, and brilliant colours and prints.
Trousers for casual wear are still popular -- here a suede outfit, with a matching loosely-cut jacket and beret.
Oriental and futuristic silhouettes have been inspired by the immensely popular movie "Star Wars", with body-hugging jump-suits, skin-tight leotards worn with tunics and sometimes a third layer of flowing kimono -- all in vivid colour combinations of purple, grey, red and gold. Waists are cinched with the new wide belts, and small disco-bags complete the new look for he off-the-peg customer.
Buyers gave these fashions thunderous applause. They like the message that fashion is looking ahead, and that the rear-vision look to the 1940's and 50's is waning.