Blossom Première Vision photos and text by Runzhou SUN

Dear Shaded Viewers,

This is my second time attending Blossom Première Vision textile exhibition. Like the previous edition, the event was held in the Palais Brongniart in the  2ème arrondissement in Paris. This two-day event has impacted the fashion industry since its inauguration, in fact it is a rather low-key preview of luxury textiles and leathers. The textiles, like Sleeping Beauty,  are waiting to be aroused by  their prince/princess that is going to wake them up and turn them into a timeless work of art or the next season’s must have creation.

Textiles are the base of all fashion creations and they are what gives inspiration to the designers.  Blossom Première Vision acts as  a temporary live textile library and this is where the grand narrative of fashion begins. This year, the fabric manufacturers continue to manipulate the fabrics with the concept of deconstruction and reconstruction and the mix of different materials. One collection that particularly caught my eye was the  Italian company Ratti, a textile manufacturer that has a history of working with luxurious brands like  Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy. Along with showcasing  their exquisite products they also demonstrated how hand block prints are made now and in the past with a selection of vintage blocks.

The weavers transformed silk with a multitude of finishes and weaving and print techniques. One that I particularly liked, and made me think of Gucci, was a vivid snake pattern on assorted textiles. The artisanal spirit is alive and well in Como and  although Ratti uses new technology it also is a brand that respects its heritage and inspirations as evident with the vintage blocks above.

The exhibition is a visual feast that both Diane and I enjoyed.

“It’s a pity that I am not a designer any more.” Diane said.

“Me too.” I thought even though I was never was one.