PARIS — here will be a little less running around for the spring-summer 2001 designer ready-to-wear collections here next October.
That’s the promise from Didier Grumbach, the president of France’s Chambre Syndicale. The Chambre has been working with the city of Paris in gaining access to previously untapped spaces between the Carrousel du Louvre and the Trocadero — the two main show places — to use as show venues. At least one new building, the Conseil Economique et Social at the Place D’Iena, will host shows on two days while the Petit Palais museum on Avenue Winston Churchill will resume hosting shows. The shows run from Oct. 7 to 14.
Additionally, the Chambre has obtained approval to build a temporary 1,400 seat structure in front of the Palais Chaillot at the Trocadero. This building will also have a serviced waiting area. This capacity adds to nearby venues including the Musee du Cinema, which was used by Givenchy last March. The addition of this facility is key, since few Paris locations offer so much seating and some designers, such as Olivier Theyskens, ended up showing in the St. Denis suburb last season in their quest for a large space, Grumbach said. The Carrousel’s Salle le Notre offers 1,400 seats, and combining the Delorme and Gabriel rooms can raise capacity to 1,800.
“We’re calling the idea Carrousel Bis,” Grumbach explained to WWD.
He noted that the Chambre was forced to look for new show locations since the centrally located Carrousel du Louvre was booked to capacity last season. The goal, Grumbach said, is to have as many shows as possible grouped at and in between the Carrousel and the Trocadero, a central Paris area that’s also well served by public transportation.
The Chambre is also lobbying to have more buildings and museums open their halls for shows in future seasons. One newcomer could be the Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris museum as early as March 2001 depending upon whether its security is adequate, Grumbach said.
To facilitate transport, Grumbach hopes to institute shuttles between shows when needed and is trying to arrange free metro and bus service for show-goers. His dream for boat shuttles along the Seine will still not come true for October, since there is too much boat traffic on the river, But Grumbach said he remains hopeful for March 2001.
Separately, the Chambre confirmed additions to the couture calendar, which runs from July 8-12. The house of Louis Feraud will mark the debut of its new designer, Yvon Mispelaere, with couture.
Invited members include the comeback kids Viktor & Rolf, who will show again after they skipped summer 2000 to launch a rtw collection.
Maurizio Galante is also returning as an invited member after an absence of several seasons, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, new to the invited member category, will show couture for the first time.