Monday, March 5, 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Textile Report 1

Carven A/W 2012 at Paris Fashion Week

While most writers and fashion editors have been flocking wildly from show to show during Paris Fashion Week, I have been in a bit of a dream state reflecting on the history of textile production in France and the role of artisan handcraft in contemporary fashion. Call me old fashioned, slow fashioned, or simply a drifter on the design landscape, but in the end, it is these loose threads that keep me hovering between the realms of art, fashion, and fiber.
Detail of EELD top featuring lace from Calais (photo: Abigail Doan)

EELD A/W 2012 featuring bio silk and French-made Calais lace
(image courtesy of the designer)

It seemed fitting that my first evening in Paris was an occasion to view the exquisitely crafted designs of ChloĆ© Bourrioux of EELD. I loved finally meeting this talented French designer and seeing her luxurious bio silk creations embellished with handmade lace detailing and washes of color. Chloe has been researching and working with traditional lace producers from the famed Calais region in France since the inception of her label, and her commitment to revitalizing a centuries old crafting tradition makes her ethical pieces state-of-the-art for Paris and beyond.

Aubusson loom from 1884 (image source)

Similarly, I could not help but to be entranced with classic weaving designs in the window of an Aubusson dealer that I passed each time I returned to my hotel. These incredibly intricate carpets and cushions served as a fitting backdrop for the luxury and cultural pride of Paris Fashion Week.
Dries Van Noten in Paris after hours (photo: Abigail Doan)

Other expressions of print and artisan textile craft were highlighted in the following shows:

Carven A/W 2012 prints paid homage to Hieronymous Bosch
(via VOGUE Paris)
Dries van Noten A/W 2012 
Balmain A/W 2012 (image source)
Vivienne Westwood A/W 2012 (via Wallpaper)
Maiyet A/W 2012 (via
Hermes A/W 2012 invite (via tenmagazine)

Stay tuned for Textile Report 2 at the 
conclusion of Paris Fashion Week.


Marion Pannekoek said...

Almost everyday I enjoy the posts you make on your blog! Thanks!

Abigail Doan said...

You are so very kind, Marion. I really appreciate your support and the visual inspiration you provide as well! ~ Abigail