Here is the last exploration of creative elements and creation itself during the Tranoï events of Paris Fashion Week. For me, it was plentiful and an educational and immensely pleasing experience. I decided on the random, open-minded approach instead of my habitual target strategy. I attended the three venues exposed from 2 October through 5 October: The Place de la Bourse, Carrousel du Louvre and Montaigne, in free-flowing visits intending to see and integrate everything. As a result, the breadth of the experiences generated an abundance of photos, too many intriguing ideas and questions, and several perspectives from which to organise and express the experiences.
“Expression is the act of the whole man, that our speech may be vascular. The intellect is powerless to express thought without the aid of the heart and liver of every member.”
~Thoreau (1817 – 1862) Journal, 1851
The first perspective was the grand-angle, the overarching look at the fashion industry and the artistic expressions of the Tranoï event creators. The second featured a look at designs, details and designers. This final expression relates art, artists, design and designers. Designers share inspirations that support the essence of their collections.
Here we will begin at the Carrousel du Louvre with an overview of the venue, showing how it projects a youthful, electric, contemporary ‘vibe’ of Tranoï, which is interesting as compared to the more subdued or refined versions of the other venues.
“Art is man’s nature.”
~ Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs, 1791
Busy rue de Rivoli. Fashion is passion.
Lively electric entrance, Carrousel du Louvre.
Wide angle view; entrance ‘high tech and high vibe’.
Working away … Of course, I had to ask them to work 🙂
Featuring upcoming new talents is another special Tranoï showcase. The signs are everywhere. The changing views, the new talents… the future is open for those who care or ‘dare’ to enter into this industry.
Milan-based designer Kittima designs ready-to-wear for professional women’s contemporary lifestyle. Garments showcase unconventional elegance. Her designs highlight exceptional quality, and equally convey youthfulness through innovative use of luxury materials and inventive techniques.
Her collection draws inspiration from nature, and exemplifies the new concept ‘Made in Italy’. It blends authentic, high-end, Italian craftsmanship with international values of trend, style, innovation, visibility and personal branding. Kittima Kwangnok was selected by Vogue Italia for the Talents Programme to showcase at Palazzo Morando during Milan Fashion Week February 2015.
Kittima. Designs include inspiration by the sea and other aspects of nature.
2015 Paris Tranoï 2016 Spring/Summer Women’s Collections
These shoes are as sweet as a walk in the garden.
Reflections mimic light on the sea, and flowers or anemones float in the background.
UK Youth Culture always is ‘in’, and this innovative, impassioned style is a great place to be amused by the ‘in’ crowd.
Lucy Claire Eggleton is enthusiastic to embrace change, feel magical sensibility, and introduce playful spirit into her designs just to blur a bit the lines between art and fashion, fantasy and reality. She is inspired by youth culture, music, nature, sci-fi, and playful as well as dark emotion, thus accepting the opportunities to fully feel the realities of life, all the while expressing the illusions. She is known to incorporate strange twists and infuse strong, vibrant magical elements represented by blings of metallics, vinyls and avant garde textures. She adores theatrical venues for her works and creates for musicians.
UK-made designs speak to youth culture, musicians and miracles of illusion.
“Truth in her dress finds facts too tight. In fiction she moves with ease.”
Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) Stray Birds, 1916
The magic is in the movement, and illusion is in reality as reality is in illusion.
“Wonders are willingly told and willingly heard.”
~ Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) ‘Pope’, Lives of the Poets, 1779 – 1781
The ambiance of the showcase platform for Tokyoeye: Tokyokeye 2016 introduces twelve carefully selected, cutting-edge Japanese brands. These brands feature ingenious designs backed by advanced techniques, minutely created details with high-quality materials, and creativity that elevates traditional techniques to modern designs. Please discover these “attractive points unique to the Japanese brands” at ‘tokyoeye 2016’, Carrousel du Louvre, salle Soufflot.
Prior to the decision, all brands participating in the project designed and improved their SS2016 collections under advice on product development by French fashion experts, including Mr. Armand Hadidia, founder of select shop L’Eclaireur and the Artistic Director of Tranoï.”
Sample of ambiance, Toyokoeye – twelve specially selected showcase designers.
Toykoeye Select Japanese designs.
The established designers know how to design a true luxury brand whose biannual collections are praised by Vogue Italia as the “favorite [eyewear] brand of American stars”. Year after year, a-morir has cemented its place as the go-to brand for daring, couture-worthy sunglasses and statement pieces.
a-morir is a mainstay in high end and cutting-edge editorials around the world, with a who’s who of devoted repeat clientele. The brand’s coveted pieces are made-to-order in limited quantities, ensuring the highest level of exclusivity.
“Mere imagination would indeed be mere trifling; yet no imagination is mere.”
C.S. Peirce, Collected Papers, VI, late 19th – early 20th century
Roses – l’autre vie en ‘rose’, peut-être? Another life in (pink) roses, perhaps?
Golden moons… always magical.
“As in Rome there is, apart from the Romans, a population of statues, so apart from this real world there is a world of illusion, almost more important, in which men live.”
~ Goethe (1739 – 1832) Maxims and Reflections, 1833
Fashion accessories eternally have a place in well-dressed venues. Here is one last designer who is dedicated to head and neck wear.
Light, happy fashion head and neck wear will enliven any look.
Petusa, using a childhood name for her brand, is passionate about haute couture. She is dedicated to the precision and accuracy of manual labour, and has accumulated experience throughout a rich and challenging education. The opportunities to create in different fashion houses such as Alaia, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marie Mercie inspired her to establish her own brand of jewelry for the head and the neck.
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The Oxford Book of Aphorisms by John Gross (Oxford University Press, 1983)