PARIS — Good old-fashioned romance will be the underlying theme at the upcoming Salon International de la Lingerie, to be held at the Porte de Versailles here Jan. 24 to 27 — or as the event's organizer Eurovet puts it, "Love Is in the Fair."
The trade show's annual Ultra Lingerie fashion show, geared this time to the theme of "ultramodernity," will kick-start the event on opening day. Environmentally friendly production will be one of the major themes addressed at the fair, notably in the Interselection fabrics section that will host a number of conferences on the topic.
"We'll also be indicating those manufacturers who produce cleanly and who propose sustainable development," said an SIL spokeswoman, adding that an adjoining organic-focused cafe and bookstore will also be set up for visitors.
Spicy Garden, the young designer area, will also showcase a crop of eco-friendly brands, including G=9.8, Eco-Boudoir and Peau-Ethique.
"A survey conducted among exhibitors at last year's session showed that [eco-friendly is] still not very developed in the innerwear sector," said Cecile Vivier, SIL's sales manager. "Several young brands are leading the way, as it differentiates them from competition."
Afterwear, Britta Ushkamp, Letters of Marque, Senerissima and Willow will be among new arrivals to the section.
Key newcomers confirmed for the fair's main innerwear section include Gossard, Wacoal, Replay, Pleasure State and Chantal Thomass. First-time hosiery and legwear players will include Walk, Aristoc, Pretty Polly and Maria La Rosa, an Italian brand specializing in organic hand-knit socks.
Proposing a more global take on the category, a constellation of innerwear accoutrements will also be on offer at the show, such as body jewelry by Inés de Castilla, and storage lingerie pockets by Delica Tella. Kha Home and God Created Woman will figure among brands peddling at-homeware items complementary to the innerwear sector, such as bed linens and satin pillows.
The fair's expanded section, Morphing-wear, will showcase brands specializing in maternity, comfort-oriented and body-shaping innerwear, as well as post-surgery lingerie. Examples will include U.S. brands Braza Bra, which produces bra padding and antitranspiration patches, and Rago Shapewear, as well as the French newcomer, Oémée, which specializes in feminine medical lingerie.Tapping into growing demand for specialized innerwear, a number of such brands will also be joining the fair, including Elixir, Lejaby's nascent brand geared to larger sizes, and U.S. newcomer Kumi Kookoon, which will present a range of innerwear for all the family.
Newcomers to the Interfilière section will include Fried Freres, a French specialist in decorative beads and buttons, and Chinese lace manufacturer Decorine. A series of daily conferences will feature:
- Ethical and Eco-friendly Innerwear: Covering topics such as eco-innovation — creating ethically sound, but creatively desirable collections.
- The Franchise Route: Representatives from established brands discuss alternative distribution opportunities for brands, notably in the franchise area.
- Emerging Markets: Speakers will discuss sales and distribution opportunities in emerging markets such as Russia and China, as well as potential areas for development within those sectors.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast