The “galette des rois” is not the only January tradition keenly followed in Paris… For the fashion group, the lingerie show is the most highly anticipated event of the month, the moment we discover the season’s new underwear ranges.

This year the “LADY’S NIGHTS” show was all about black with red and purple highlights, set against the backdrop of a vast urban complex, to the beat of heavy metal, in total contrast to the softness of the new designs on show that we were able to feel for ourselves a moment later in the Interfilière trend zone.

We saw lace in shades of blue, turquoise, green, mauve, pink and pearl in designs made even sexier and more seductive with ribbons and embellishments nestling between the cups.

Amongst the stands representing a great many countries, we had the opportunity to visit a display of Turkish lace with our Turkish friend Tulay Musa, and later, with Solvita Gulbe, a group of seven Latvian companies making garments with lace made both by their own local craftsmen, and by our famous Calais producers.

But since Paris remains at the centre of the fashion world, we were keen to meet the young people training in the city at the Octave Feuillet high school, which specialises in such crafts.

The students showed us the corsetry and millinery studios, as well as the work of the embroiderers, couturiers, feather workers and stylists. We took in all the different trades involved in fashion and Haute Couture; we learnt about the difference between the various qualifications, such as a CAP, a BEP, and a bac pro. Thank you to all the students and teaching staff at the high school!

By Annick Sohier