Who’s Next

What a better way to start a fashion blog than to start in Paris. On Monday we made our way from Norwich to Paris on the train to spend a couple of days in Porte de Versailles to visit the trade show ‘Who’s Next’ to scout for some new and fabulous labels, to view the collections of the current brands we stock at Walkers and to generally get a feel for the up and coming trends for AW14.

After dropping our bags off at the Hotel, http://www.oceaniahotels.com/hotel-oceania-paris?lg=UK we popped over to the show, only a 5 minute walk from the hotel for a couple of hours till close just to get our bearings as it’s such a big show, 3 separate halls of fashion and one of accessories, make the Birmingham NEC look tiny in comparison. After managing to get around just one of the halls before close we headed back in the direction of the hotel to a great sushi restaurant just a few doors down from the hotel. As you can see by the photo very yummy and reasonably priced total bill was €50 including a bottle of wine, we would recommend.6 8

Day two was an early start the show started at 9am, we looked around the halls we didn’t have time for yesterday and the general theme for many of the collections was punk rock. Lots if tartan, checks, painted prints, raw edges, bright reds, navy and khaki was featured in many designs, Also many tones of cream and sand, nice to see after many previous winter collections of dark heavy tones.

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Who’s next trade show.

Nuovo Borgo is an Italian brand we are going to be stocking this spring, and have bought it for winter too. The collection for this winter has a focus on heavy jersey and linen with black painted print and raw edges. The colours for the collection are Navy, Beige and Black and sizes go up to a UK 20. We have a few photos below to give you an idea of how well designed this collection is.

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Nuovo Borgo linen dress with black print.

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Nuovo Borgo coat.

Annette Gortz is a German designer who we have stocked for a few seasons now, the collections are always amazing and this winter is no exception, our first thought was that it was very Avant garde, beautiful sculptural black mesh designs, and feathers attached to collars and hems. The colours in the collection are black, navy, green and sand with black painted stripes and beautiful knits. We will be heading to London next week to buy the collection from the UK showroom.

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Annette Gortz stripe print.

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Annette Gortz feathers.

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Annette gortz sculptural mesh dress.

Moyuru is a fabulous brand we have been stocking for two seasons from japan. It has been very popular with our customers and we were very excited to see what next winter had in store. The collection is amazing the shapes were creative and curved, the coats are what really stood out to us, there were short boiled wool sculptural jackets, oversized cotton coats, long wool coats with painted print as well as some amazing asymmetrical waterproof coats with oversized pockets. The colours were shades of blue, grey and black with painted dusky pink and black prints.  The Fabrics were heavier than we have seen from this designer in the last few seasons, a lot of boiled wool and woven cotton.

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Moyuru coat with asymmetric large pockets.

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Moyuru wool printed top.

The show it’s self was based on toys and having fun, there were loads of pin ball machine and arcade games, the colours were bright and colourful and they had live DJ’s playing the sound tracks for the show. The graphic design team had had lots of fun with the posters they were all children’s game which had been changed for example battleships was changes to friendships. This gave the show a great fun feel to it.

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Bright coloured lanterns.

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Fair ground ride

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Catwalk show

As it was the last day of the show it closed earlier than the previous day which gave us time to relax and rest our feet in the hotel and try out its leisure facilities and have a swim, once we felt revived we headed back out in the evening for dinner, there were lots of restaurants to choose from in Porte de Versailles but we decided to try Dupont Versailles brasserie just opposite the who’s next show. It was great to try the French cuisine, confit of duck and sweet crepe’s, we had a great last night to our Paris trip before heading home on the Eurostar in the morning.

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A glimpse of the Eiffel tower whilst on the way to the airport.

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Gare de nord Paris.