Friday, 2 October 2009

Man About Paris Part 2: Pick of Tranoi Carrousel du Louvre Showrooms

The other day I popped into one of the three Tranoi showrooms (the one at Carrousel du Louvre) to check out the array of mainly European designers selling womenswear and accessories. Here's my pick of the coolest stuff from their Spring Summer 2010 ranges. Much more to come from Paris including catwalk, street and club looks and more trend forecasts from the best showrooms.

Above: OK, so I'm no Lady Gaga but these shade from the projects range have gained instant icon status and the black frames make them wearable.
Below: Out of House of Holland's collaboration comes these single coloured 'fashion glasses'. unfortunately to keep the colour unified they had to lose the UV protection.

Linda Farrow

Tracy Sedino and Co keep expanding their reach and are now without a doubt the strongest brand for designer sunglasses tie-ups. Their impressive range encompasses both established names like Dries Van Noten, Matthew Williamson and Eley Kishimoto and with lesser established names under their Projects banner often producing more experimental and directional pieces. Their space was one of the most popular there and I saw lots of assistants scribbling away at order sheets...

Above: You know I'm a sucker for masks so I love these Jeremy Scott Batman glasses.
Below: A little bit early 80s Cazals, a little bit late 90's clubwear, Peter Pilotto's frames are more subtle but very cool.

Earthbound/post-apocalyptic trend continues...

Sure there's lots of colour coming through for SS10: but there were sill plenty of suppliers from Italy and Asia pushing the Armageddon look that I've been talking about so much on here. This expressed itself through distressed lambs leather, shawl cardigan, long jackets, all in monochrome and styled with lots of layering as shown in these pics taken at the stand by Japanese brand, Golem:

Trend: Flags and antique fabric

Another British stand that was teaming with buyers on order missions was Bolongaro Trevor. I've been a regular visitor of their off Carnaby Street store for a while. Their designs which combine lots of vintage styled fabrics and flag designs with sharp and inventive cuts give an overall look which is part nouveau-boho, part cool Britannia. While I was in Tranoi, Westwood was across town showing her Gold Label collection of vintage draped, DIY inspired clothes. This makes me think it's a trend to watch and an interesting alternative to the the two biggest movement: bright digital prints and dark post-apocalyptic draping.

Below: Hong Kong based Hidy N.G. were showing a simlar nouveau-boho/vintage fabric look through Showroom Romeo.

Above and below: When Qasimi showed at London Fashion Week a few Sunday's ago their catwalk created a big impact. After missing that I had a good chat with some of the people behind the brand. I was amazed to here that they make everything in Dalston, London. With fans like Lady Gaga pushing their designs, I reckon their name will profile will continue to grow and their next collection will be eagerly awaited. I was impressed with the price point to - the red biker jacket will retail at around £1,000. With realistic prices like that they deserve to get the retail sorted...

Finally some real colour: transparency from Osklen, Brazil (above) and the mature yet fun digital prints of Italians MSGM.

On the slate: the pick of Paris fashion from the catwalk, the street and in the city's most exiting clubs...


  1. Awesome shades - hope I can get hold of those Linda Farrows. Which ones to go for?

  2. love the shades !
    You took pictures of me and my redhair vuitton's bunny hairband girlfriend at the jcdc party, can i see them?

  3. Hey Georges!

    Yeah, look out for my piece on the most creative looks in Paris nightlife coming up soon. You'll be there...

    Amit: I think my pick are the Peter Pilottos: quietly on trend but won't date like so many glasses do. They come in several great colourways.