By  on March 16, 2010

PARIS — As the Paris runway shows heralded a new minimalist silhouette, designers showing at the Paris apparel fairs stuck to trends they know work — with military chic and rock ’n’ roll styles continuing.

As they shuttled between an unprecedented number of venues across Paris during the fairs’ four-day run, which ended March 8, many retailers said spending was flat while a rare few were spending more. “Things are definitely picking up,” declared Saskia Cox of Diverse in north London, one of a handful shopping with increased budgets despite the weak pound. Brands continue to help British buyers. “Suppliers give us small discounts, we hope they’ll continue doing so,” she said, naming Forte Forte’s romantic collection featuring washed silk dresses among her favorites.

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