The Carrousel de la Mode has crossed over the Seine this season. For the first time since the salon started in the fall of 1993, the show, which attracts more than 300 exhibitors, will be held in tents at the Quai Branly beside the Eiffel Tower. France’s Culture Ministry evicted the event from its traditional home in the Tuileries Gardens beside the Carrousel du Louvre — where the top houses will stage their collections — because of pressure from local residents. And the move has made some designers a tad uneasy. A few of them, such as Corinne Cobson, Jerome l’Huiller and Agathe Gonnet, have now elected to show their collections privately.
Still, Bertrand Foache, an organizer of Premiere Classe, the accessories portion of the salon, insists that the space is better and will be more practical to work with. “I think the only difference it will make is that the buyers won’t be able to drop by between shows throughout the ready-to-wear period as they have done in the past, which means they’ll probably only visit the show once,” Foache said. In an effort to keep up the traffic, organizers will provide a fleet of minibuses to shuttle buyers and press to and from the salon.
As for the fashion, there’s a continued emphasis on construction and fit, but in a younger, more playful way. Here’s a look at what’s waiting on the banks of the Seine.