Buttons and buckles are resuming their importance as fashion garment components according to the organisers of the twice yearly Mod'Amont, the French trimmings and accessory fair which takes place in the Paris exhibition complex at the same time and in an adjacent hall to the giant Premiere Vision textile fair.

For apart from trimmings - an all-embracing category that can cover anything from swansdown to shoe laces - buckles and buttons represent the biggest single category of merchandise at the fair. They comprise part of the range of nearly 50 per cent of the 192 exhibitors booked into the spring 2001 event which runs from March l-4 inclusive.

Trimmings to tone with camouflage prints are expected to do brisk business for manufacturers selling primarily into the casualwear market. By contrast high fashion is expected to favour extended sales of all types of irridescent trimmings and crystal beads.

Meanwhile trimmings that are virtually jewellery in their own right - gilded chains, diamanté by the metre and elaborate sequin embroidered appliqué motifs, are expected by many prospective Mod'Amont exhibitors to sell as well to tomorrow's beachwear and lingerie trade as they did to yesterday's evening wear merchants.

Similarly, in the field of fantasy lingerie, the revival of the traditional corsets should stimulate sales of both hook and eye panels and long line laces, according to trimmings experts.

Other types of trimming tipped to enjoy booming business at Mod'Amont are coarse cotton fringings and macramé work panels.

By Sonia Roberts