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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

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2. GOTHIC ROMANCE

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3. RETRO FUTURE

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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.

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I will be copying Zina’s casual-chic military style as soon as possible. I love long, loose layers, especially in white. A relaxed army-inspired jacket adds some trendy toughness to her springtime layers. The lace-up stiletto has been très popular this season, so Zina is right on trend. A lovely Céline bag adds some premium punch to the look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Military-Inspired Jackets | Strappy Sandals | White Tunics

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Jason Wu Trench Coat | Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Gladiator Sandal | Vince Tunic

Nausheen Shah, there is a lot going on in your look today, but I like it! Her dress not only has an insanely beautiful print, but also a modern feminine cut that suits Nausheen perfectly. The clashing clutch and heels actually marry well together and add even more visual interest to the outfit.

xo,
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Long Sleeve Print Dresses | Snake Handbags | Colorful Print Pumps

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Valentino Print Long Sleeve Dress | Ivanka Trump Clutch | Louise et Cie Pump

By now, everyone knows how much I love Shiona Turini and her megawatt smile. Of course, it helps that she also has impeccable style. I love that Shiona doesn’t shy away from color, and today she really stood out. Her bright trousers and crop top make me wish spring was here already. A military-inspired coat, emblazoned with butterflies, amps up the springtime vibes.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Blue Crop Tops | Colorful Trousers | Military Jackets

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Alice + Olivia ‘Kylnn’ Crop Top | Trouvé Pleated Pants | Valentino Butterfly Drill Jacket

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Street Style: Zina at Burberry

Zina (Fashion Vibe) has dynamic style. I never know what trend she’ll try next, and I love that about her. Today’s look is dark and feminine with a retro modern twist. I am obsessed with that wide belt, which Zina said she found at a London vintage shop (so jealous!). Laced stilettos and the ever-chic Valentino bag are sleek and work well with her voluminous culottes and fur coat.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Fur Coats | Culottes | Valentino Handbags

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Topshop Marabou Jacket | Halogen Crop Wide-Leg Jumpsuit | Valentino ‘Lock – Medium’ Bag

Linda Tol is a style superstar. She’s fearless, creative and cutting-edge. I love how Linda plays with proportion in this look. While her lines are sleek and stark, her palette is soft. Edgy black leather accessories add some classic Linda quirkiness. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of this Dutch darling as Fashion Week goes on!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Platform Flats | Asymmetrical Tops | Fringe Handbags

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Opening Ceremony Platform Oxford | Stella McCartney Asymmetrical Sweater | Valentino Fringe Clutch

Yesterday’s runways took us from Italian holiday to historical Japanese fiction with classic prints from Valentino and startlingly bold lines by Alexander McQueen.

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Valentino’s Grand Tour-inspired collection was as beautifully varied as Italy itself. Creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, aimed to transport us to an era of Italian esteem, when Europeans flocked to Italy for a lesson in culture and aesthetics.

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It was unseasonably warm in Paris today, so Lala’s look is perfect for the weather while hinting at the season to come. Her moto vest is cool and urban, and I love the pairing with a feminine skirt. Lala keeps the genre play going with her studded stiletto boots and modern Chanel clutch. Merci pour l’inspiration, Lala!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Black Moto Vests | Tweed Skirts | Black Studded High-Heel Boots

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Halogen Moto Vest | Nina Ricci Miniskirt | Valentino Bootie

The moto jacket lives on for yet another season! Genre-mixing looks are known as molto popolare in Milan. I love the way Fabritzia paired her biker jacket with femme florals and a full skirt. Studded Valentino flats are the perfect match to this tough/ladylike look. A small lilac handbag adds a hint of color and even more feminine flair.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Black Leather Moto Jackets | Midi A-Line Skirts | Studded Flats

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Topshop Moto Jacket | Milly Print Skirt | Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Flat