Contrast is the theme that has emerged from my second Tranoï visit held at the Palais de la Bourse.
Firstly, The Palais de la Bourse is a long-time host for Tranoï, whereas The Cité de la Mode et du Design is new this season. The Palais Brongniart (Bourse) boasts ornate tradition, and the Cité offers a modern facelift for ‘docks’ and buildings constructed in 1907. This photo review shows the entrance to the Palais Brongniart and the stage for the collaborating and performing Faith Connexion.
Photos front café, Faith Connexion
The Faith Connexion, collaborating with Tranoï, is a design studio that strongly supports the spirit of the collective. Faith Connexion describes the collective as a smart tribe, people from all disciplines expressing their vision through their art. The design group collaborates with artists, street artists, stylists etc. in order to quickly shift and change. In doing so, it transforms the authenticity of creative energies in their purest forms. During the three days of the event, artists belonging to the collective performed live on the stage at the entrance to the Bourse (Palais Brongniart). More about the Faith Connexion to follow, as I unfortunately missed all performances! So stay tuned. It seems that creative strategies are calling my attentions.
Lovely women entering the venue.
Secondly, my intent in this visit is to highlight fine accessories. Maison F, cravatier (tie designer and creater), founded in 2011, is a first in iconic French luxury accessories. F expression is offered through highest quality and perfect service.
The art direction is entrusted to the creative eye of François-Régis Laporte. French weavers and finishers contribute to the excellence of the collections. Modern experience supports attractive, elegant and functional designs that indeed encourage the use of accessories, such as neckties, bow ties , fashion bows, bags and scarves. I love the bow ties!
Ready for the road; notice the reflection of the chandelier on the chrome motorcycle. Contrast.
ÉLOIS Paris is primarily the story of a meeting between a biking enthusiast and a talented designer. Mathieu Desmet and Stéphane Hervé create and craft an extraordinary line of leather goods featuring contemporary and elegant designs for fans of two wheels.
Motorcycle… Norton. Founded in 1898 as a manufacturer of “fittings and parts for the two-wheel trade”.
The line of bags intends to equip the urban biker with a range of refined accessories that combine innovation with expertise. ÉLOIS Paris selects factories renowned for their mastery of traditional leather work. The selection of materials combined with the desire to provide the owner of the bag with a companion that is crafted with subtle and innovative design features results in satisfied and elegant urban motorcycle pilots.
A well-known contributor to the world of accessories tells of the beginnings. Interestingly, I could feel these spirited energies of this collection:
In the early Eighties, a group of friends on the island of Elba started to assemble, almost by chance, belts and bags in natural cowhide and recycled materials.
They created handmade, unique and now-legendary items like the Spazzatura belt, decorated with recycled waste, the Tribù belt, embroidered with a family of stylized stick figures, and the collection made using recycled cans commissioned by Comme de Garcons.
Signature style, Henry Beguelin
Now to introduce two surprises: first-time participants to Tranoï, at the Bourse. As I explore the list for first-time Tranoï presentors, I find on the list Chapeaux. Thinking it is hats, and therein an accessory, I am surprised to find the full line of Italian designed athletic couture. A great surprise as I met Paolo Capelli, designer, and Antonio Capelli, and discovered a very sturdy, over-sized durable masculine line of athletic wear. The line uses traditional Tuscan fabrics in bright colours, notable Italian construction, and presents an entire range for all outdoor occasions.
Paolo and Antonio Cappelli, first time presenting Chapeaux Athletique Couture Autumn/Winter 2016-17 season at Tranoï.
Coleur, durability, and style in unique athletic wear designs from Italy.
Traditional Tuscan texture holds form within their weaves.
Another first–time Tranoï presenter: Atelier Brume Paris, with Francis Kyo, CEO and creator.
Soft as nature and tough in style. Brume is fog.
A notably masculine flare, this collection is coloured with pieces entirely in white, grey to black. The inspiration is nature, light to dark as the days go. The pieces appear strong, durable, and at the same time comfortable, sporty and casually elegant. It is inspired and exhibited in form-like structure, lines and edges that may appear solid, yet seem to move flexibly in action. The collection proposes contrast, tough, street-wise, yet equally a feeling as light and innocent as nature.
Collection is entirely shades of white, grey and black – inspired by light to darkness as in the passing day.
Atelier Brume’s clothing refers to nature and to contemporary history through timeless pieces. Dynamic silhouettes are effortlessly structured to highlight the wearer’s personality. An experimental approach to traditional menswear proportions is a key element of Atelier Brume’s style aesthetics.
And the final surprise! … to offer exposure to a Southern California line, a downtown Los Angeles fashion label, WILLIAM, creates exclusive men’s accessories with European craftsmanship combined with Los Angeles fine art. Pasadena’s home crowd will appreciate one surprise photo!
Will Ayers, founder and creator, first time at Tranoï to debut their Autumn Winter 2016-2017 collection of exclusive accessories that integrate art and fashion. The WILLIAM collection is an international brand that possesses a distinct Los Angeles spirit of independence with European craftsmanship, and incorporates collaborations with internationally renowned Los Angeles based artists.