Heightened security was to be seen and felt everywhere... armed guards and police patroled the streets, and FSH and many other stores had extra security, checking everyone's bags upon entering. 'Je suis Charlie' posters and banners were to be seen in countless windows and on walls showing their solidarity with the victims, and tributes in the form of flowers, pens, letters and candles were left where the events took place.
FSH's windows have changed since my last visit, and the face of the building was lit in a soft glow. A post with pictures of the displays will follow soon.
Many fashion fairs and salons took place that week, and while sourcing materials and talking to manufacturers, I came across 'Pilus' and asked them if they still make the lovely faux fur ankle boot slippers I wore in a recent blog post, telling them that the ladies in Le Salon could not find them anywhere, and that Google searches resulted in "plus sized slippers". They were thrilled, but désolée for having none left (mine were from AW2013). The new collection is not the same, but I found some beautiful items from other small manufactures which will be joining the collection in the months to come.
The jewellery suppliers section of another show transformed the exhibition hall into Aladdin's cave... strands and strands of semi-precious stones, beads, pearls and crystals in every color, shape and size imaginable were hanging from pegs and bars or were piled into boxes.
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I am sorry for the shortness of this post, but it's been hectic since I got back and I'm still battling with the flu I caught on my return journey. Pictures of the current FSH windows next, hopefully in a few days.
Have a great week ahead everyone xx