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Pret a Porter Spring 09

With datelines deep into the buying season, the ready-towear exhibitions in Paris serve as a barometer of next season’s must-have trends.

While it already seems a distant memory, looks first seen at Pure in August were underlined at Who’s Next and in Prêt à Porter’s Atmosphere area. Prints remained the most eye-catching story, while painterly florals continued into spring 09. Oversized watercolour styles sat beside bright micro florals as well as new geometric interpretations of the trend.

Tribal prints replaced autumn’s folk looks, with African prints reinterpreted in bright shades or pixelated. All-over bright colours such as fuchsia and daffodil provided a contrast to neutrals, which remained a key theme. Most brands seemed up to their eyes in print and colour, but others used these devices to add spice to
a background dominated by oyster and darker putty tones.

Heavily embellished necklines, also seen at Pure, were widespread in Paris with many brands taking a backwards glance at the boho trend. Two key styles emerged. The first, using large wooden beads, gave some collections a chance to rubber-stamp the tribal look. The second used coloured micro beads to add glitz to party dresses.

Draped silhouettes were used on monocolour dresses with fabrics gathered to create ripples of texture which fell from the neckline through the body. The shows in Paris remain a must-see for UK buyers, with many of the looks likely to be mimicked by multiples, many of whom were spotted having a snoop.

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