PARIS — The big accessories news for spring is ladylike looks and lots of color, judging from the lines on view in the accessories sections at the Prêt-à-Porter trade show here last week.
At the show, which ran through Sept. 6, total attendance was up 7 percent, to 54,855 visitors. The number of buyers who attended from North America also increased 5 percent, with representatives from 440 businesses showing up to buy.
The four-day megafair included Premiere Classe, which shows only accessories, as well as several other minisalons such as Groupe des Halles, Atmosphere and Accessories Mode Boutique, all of which also included accessories.
“There are not huge numbers of more buyers,” said Bertrand Foache, who organizes the Premiere Classe part of the show along with Xavier Clergerie.
“But there is a strong feeling that those who turned up came to buy.”
As for trends, jewelry seemed to be making a comeback for spring. And in almost every classification, one of the most pronounced motifs was glamour blended with a nod to romanticism. Color was also obviously on the minds of many, even those who would normally avoid it, such as gold and enamel jewelry designer Catherine Haguest.
“This season it’s about a more feminine look, and I wanted some color, a little bit of bonheur,” commented Haguest.
Jewelry designer Sophie Girma, based here, was also right in step with the feminine, romantic theme resounding for spring, showing metal and velour chokers, pearl and chain necklaces and linked cameo bracelets.
“I’ve seen a lot of people and have taken orders,” said Girma.
Other vendors found success in diversification and new lines.
At handbag firm Ursule Beaugeste, for example, whose little woven bucket bags are currently a hot commodity with young and chic Parisians, knit and canvas hats were introduced for the spring season.
“For us it’s working,” said the firm’s designer, Anne Grand-Clement. “The hats are doing well. And buyers either like the little bags or the really big pouches.”
Among others who took this approach were jewelry maker Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, who rolled out a line of dainty crochet pouches this season, and the funky bag company Jamin Puech, which launched a secondary line called Causette.
According to Benoit Jamin, who runs the business with partner Isabelle Puech, Causette features casual items ranging from a simple raffia sac to a Portuguese blanket-covered bag. In its more formal signature collection, the firm featured splashes of color as well as a lot of white, which Jamin said he considers “the new black.”
(For more on Paris shows, see pages 22 and 23.)