WHO’S NEXT GROWS UP

Byline: Rebecca Kleinman

PARIS — Hip-hop still blasted from boom boxes amidst break dancers, videos of motorbiking and futuristic, neon booths, but Paris’s biannual Who’s Next show seemed all grown up compared to its first rave-like gathering in a circus tent seven years ago.
Party priorities have given way to serious business, making this tidy event a contrasting companion to the neighboring Pret-a-Porter, which ran concurrently with Who’s Next at Porte de Versailles Jan. 26-29.
Among the key trends on display were:
Punk elements, including T-shirts loaded with safety pins.
Graffiti decoration, from splashed paint to airbrushed artwork.
Updated preppy looks, including skirts with elastic belts.
Denim with horizontal, three-dimensional creases.
Eighties excess, with chains and patches piled on jeans and T-shirts.
A total of 230 companies exhibited their lines at the show. Organizers estimated the number of visitors at 22,700, about a 10 percent increase over a year ago.

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