In this fourth edition of Paris Deco Off, over 70 houses have participated in presenting their latest collections throughout the city. Welcoming visitors into their showrooms on the Rive Droite near Rue du Mail and the Rive Gauche in the Saint Germain de Près neighborhood, companies prepared stylishly so it was like a giant beautiful designed block party. The recognizable yellow banners flew frequently, indicating participants and where you could catch the shuttles back and forth across the Seine.
One of my first Rue du Mail stops was the almost century old house of Lelievre, known for producing the most luxurious traditional silks and velvets and more recently contemporary and contract collections. Their showroom in a centuries old building was beautifully refurbished 5 years ago by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. A marvelous mix of old and new made for a bright and sophisticated space perfect for showcasing the many brands under the French Lelievre umbrella.
One of the most exciting names to join the brand is that of Jean Paul Gaultier. Colorful and playful, his Ca C’est Paris collection represents a fashion forward addition to the distinguished label. The signature Rock, below, has beautiful coloration and movement.
In addition to the fabrics is a full accessory line of pillows with fun embellishments.
and feathers, it is a highly decorative fun collection, perfect for light hearted accessorizing.
Along with its own new collections, Gaultier’s and that of Sonia Rykiel Maison, Lelievre created color coordinated stacks of textured temptation in a variety of colorways.
Lelievre’s les Classiques collection also included some new fabrics that resemble their document silk predecessors but are appropriate for contract as well as the residential market. Even up close the lovely Odalisque in Or was deceptive.
The large showroom included the distinctive fabrics of Missoni Home
and the versatile new Gaston y Daniela Bilbao collection. With handsome tailored stripes
like the Saint Tropez
embroidered graphics and
and whimsical prints, there is something for everyone.
You will be able to find the new Lelievre collections including the Gaultier fabrics and Missoni Home’s new fabric collection at all Stark showrooms in the US this spring. And be sure to stop by next time as we look at more from the Paris Deco Off and Maison et Objet.