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Paris Salon International de la Lingerie: European Trends for A/W 2016

Disclosure: My flight and accommodation was paid for by Promosalons. All opinions regarding the Salon International de la Lingerie are my own.

Kunza Corsetorium + Gilda & Pearl

Kunza Corsetorium + Gilda & Pearl



A few weeks ago, I had the incredible honor and privilege of being invited to Paris by Promosalons, the global network of French tradeshows, to visit some of their flagship exhibitions including Maison & Objet, Mode Who’s Next, Bijorhca, and, of course, the Salon International de la Lingerie.

Me attempting to look chic.

Me attempting to look chic.

At the French jewellry house, Mellerio dits Meller

At the French jewellry house, Mellerio dits Meller

Along with a delegation of journalists from the U.S., Korea, China, and Japan, I was taken on a whirlwind tour of what the Parisian luxury sector has to offer. From a guided tour of Hermes to a visit at one of the oldest jewelry houses in Paris to an audience with the French secretary for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism, and French Nationals Abroad, I was exposed to Parisian commerce and culture in a way I’ve never been before. It was an amazing, memorable experience, and I’m still in a bit of disbelief that it actually happened.

Hermes Visitor Pass

My Hermes visitor badge

French Secretary Tourism Meeting

From the meeting with the French Secretary

As the U.S. delegation’s official representative for lingerie, I was able to spend most of an afternoon at the Salon International de la Lingerie. Longtime readers will know that’s not my first visit to the Salon. Years ago, when lingerie bloggers going to tradeshows was still a very new thing, I had an interesting experience at the Porte de Versailles. But I’m happy to say this year’s visit was completely different. Even with my special invitation aside, it seems like the tradeshow is more welcoming to bloggers in general, a welcome change since it’s blogger who do the bulk of lingerie reporting.

The Salon International de la Lingerie

The Salon International de la Lingerie

An antique Louis Vuitton lingerie case

An antique Louis Vuitton lingerie case

There’s so much I could say about my visit, but I imagine it’s the lingerie you want to hear most about. Unfortunately, since the show is so big (it is really intimidatingly massive), and I didn’t have the full three days to spend there, I didn’t have time to walk the entire floor. However, I was able to visit most of the brands in the Limited Edition section (where the smaller, indie designers are grouped together), and I saw some extraordinary creations from both TLA favorites and brand new labels alike. Here a few of my standouts.

Rosy Lingerie

Rosy Lingerie

Gonzalez Lingerie

Gonzales Lingerie

Gonzales Lingerie

Gonzales Lingerie

Belle et Bon Bon 2

Belle et Bon Bon

belle et bon bon

Belle et Bon Bon

Gilda & Pearl

Gilda & Pearl

Elise Anderegg

Elise Anderegg

Elise Anderegg

Elise Anderegg

maya hansen corsetry

Maya Hansen Corsetry

Maya Hansen Corsetry

Maya Hansen Corsetry

Hesper Fox

Hesper Fox

Violet & Wren

Violet & Wren

Marjolaine

Marjolaine

Marjolaine

Marjolaine

Lucile London

Lucile London

Lucile London

Lucile London

Sonata Lingerie 2

Sonata

Sonata Lingerie

Sonata

Paloma Casile 1

Paloma Casile

Paloma Casile

Paloma Casile

Paloma Casile 2

Paloma Casile

 

E.L.F. Zhou London

E.L.F. Zhou London

Yes Master

Yes Master

Yes Master

Yes Master

Elizabeth Jones London

Elizabeth Jones London

Elizabeth Jones London

Elizabeth Jones London

Ysé Lingerie

Ysé Lingerie

Yse Lingerie

Ysé Lingerie

Madame Aime

Madame Aime

Madame Aime

Madame Aime

Luna Mae London

Luna Mae London

Luna Mae London

Luna Mae London

Maison Lejaby

Maison Lejaby

Eva Dessous

Eva Dessous

Tallulah Love

Tallulah Love

LCDA

LCDA

Aikyou Intimates

Aikyou Intimates

La fille d'O

La fille d’O

La Fille d'O 3

La fille d’O

L'Agent by Agent Provocateur

L’Agent by Agent Provocateur

LingaDore

LingaDore

Maria La Rosa

Maria La Rosa

Marie Antoilette

Marie Antoilette

 Do you have a favorite look from the photos above? What brands are you most hoping to see in stores next season?

 

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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

8 Comments on this post

  1. Tamara says:

    What a gorgeous sampling of the show. Are the Marie Antoinette stockings available anywhere?

    • DobbieReeseNorris says:

      Since the days of photographic sessions at Gas Works at Gas Works Park, Seattle, I’ve been an enthusiastic observer of your journey to the apex of this gorgeous culture.

  2. Meles Must says:

    Great photos, thanks so much. Love the abundancevof lace and the extraordinary embroideries. My favourite for technical value, the lace insert embroidery from Lejaby!

  3. Brasillians says:

    Very nice post. I liked how you describe this beautiful event.

  4. denocte says:

    I love how many really DIFFERENT sets you show – I mean, knitted lingerie, crochet look (whyyy is that still a thing? I hoped it would be gone soon ;) ) these unusual gonzales sets – so cool!
    But, and maybe that makes me a bad lingerie person, my favourites from this post are the stockings. They are genius!

  5. Estelle says:

    OMG that red Gonzales Lingerie set – would totally buy! I’m also loving the knitted Yes Master set, how comfortable and cosy does that look? :)

    Also both Elizabeth Jones London pieces but especially the top/white one, I am such a massive fan of unusual textures like that.

  6. Thursday says:

    This post is overload on so many levels…It sounds like an amazing opportunity and I hope you managed to enjoy it. It sounds like it was also a bit of a whirlwind :)

    There are too many lovely designs here to pick a favourite, but I am loving the interesting shapes (La fille d’O, E.L.F. Zhou London); subtle and sophisticated colour palettes, with the Tallulah Love set reminding me how steel grey/blue can be such an understated yet pretty colour; and of course, the laces! The Paloma Casile set with the graphic/deco design is just spectacular. And always love the retro space age designs of Maya Hansen.

    Thanks for documenting at least some of what you saw – it really seems like heaven for the lingerie lover!

    And “attempting to look chic”? Totally nailed it.

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