PARIS — With the global financial crisis spiraling, business was tepid at the boutique apparel trade shows here as buyers played it safe, citing budgets below or on a par with last season.
The spring-summer shows, Rendez-Vous, Paris sur Mode, Atmosphère, Le Showroom and Vendôme Luxury Trade Show, which ended their four-day runs Oct. 6, generally had slow traffic. Only Tranoï, the biggest event with three locations across Paris, drew more buyers.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"