Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.
Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!
1. ’70S NOSTALGIA
2. GOTHIC ROMANCE
3. RETRO FUTURE
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Saint Laurent channels and refines a little ’80s rock ‘n’ roll, and Valentino takes a gothic plunge into a sea of black textures before bestowing viewers with a really, really, ridiculously good-looking surprise.
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Stella McCartney makes modern sophistication look totally effortless.
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Chloé rocks a bewitching uptown-gypsy vibe; Kenzo wraps mod military layers around fluid designs that nod to the label’s Japanese DNA.
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Haider Ackermann runway show: gaunt-faced, androgynous models in layers of clashing pattern and texture harkened back to the early days of Adam Ant and rock and roll’s New Romantic scene.
Fashion Office Bottom Line: Haider Ackerman’s usual romantic, long and languid silhouette was taken in a slightly tougher direction for fall, with animal prints and op-art checkerboard pieces layered over skinny black leather pants—the ultimate in rocker chic. Individual pieces still provide plenty to please fans of his signature skinny, fluid tailoring.
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As Fashion Month moves on to Paris, a major message for next season looks set to be multilayered texture. Mix fur, shearling and textured tweedy sweaters with sequins and vintage brocade for a new take on the glamorous bohemian mood of fall ‘15.
–The Fashion Office
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Lanvin runway show: in anticipation of the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at the Palais Galliera, Alber Elbaz pays homage to the late designer with a luscious, retrospective collection that draws from—among many other inspirations—history, Morocco and the lost art of glamour.
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Paris Fashion Week runway shows: Cédric Charlier goes graphic with both soft and bold hues, modern updates and sleek lines. The Belgian designer put smart and streamlined looks center stage while giving an inspirational nod to the traditional school uniform in pleated skirts and turtlenecks.
As the shows in Milan have ended and the attention shifts to Paris, we’re calling the top-10 ultra-desirable ideas coming from the city for next fall.
The new romantic emerges strongly in bookish, vintage-inspired looks that feature lace and faded florals, while an emphasis on texture continues to dominate with layered and patched furs, shearling and richly hued styling brought up to date in unexpected techno fabrications and colors. The silhouette in general is long, lean and layered, and we’re seeing the continuation of the classics with menswear-inspired tailoring, rich tones of camel and the polished, tailored satchel—all key. Enjoy!
1. VINTAGE ROMANTICS
2. WILD THINGS
3. CLASSIC CAMEL
4. RETRO FUTURE
6. LONG LAYERS
7. CLASSIC TAILORING
8. CROP FLARE PANTS
9. CLASSICS REWORKED
10. TAILORED SATCHELS
– The Fashion Office
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An intriguing trend we’re seeing from Milan is a strong showing of retro, quirky color mixes. Mix up mid-century-influenced shades of olive, ochre, or pale pink with sporty brights for an off-kilter charm that’s still totally sophisticated.
–The Fashion Office