Silk shone brightly under the spotlight at Interfiliere Paris over the weekend, with designers, brands and weavers honouring the delicate, natural material.
Chantal Thomass and Lise Charmel CEO, Jacques Daumal, were among the panellists to share their views on the fabric at a dedicated conference, offering their opinions on the work involved in using silk to produce lingerie and nightwear, and explaining how the material has become more affordable due to the greater number of fibre blends used during the manufacturing process.
Interfiliere, held at Porte de Versailles from January 24-26, in conjunction with Salon International de la Lingerie, featured an ‘Exception’ area, where only the finest silk creations from Interfilière exhibitors were showcased. Participants included Apsara Silks, Bischoff, Junior SRL by Adele Zibetti and Taubert.
Also during the show, Belgian textile designer Daniel Henri presented the works of three design students who he had collaborated with to create lingerie-inspired garments made of various types of silk, from chiffon to crepe and satin to velvet.
The celebration of silk continued at Salon International de la Lingerie, where organisers honoured French nightwear brand Marjolaine with the Designer of the Year Award.
The family business, which goes back three generations, is based in Lyon, a region renowned for silk.
All styles from the brand, including camisoles, babydolls and robes, are made from 100% silk and adorned with French Leavers lace.
Other brands that showcased their silk garments at SIL included Ines de la Pressange, Le Chat, Meng, Maison de Papillon and Olivia von Halle.