Despite fantastical sets, the fashion remained surprisingly practical.
With blockbuster shows like Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, Paris always sends off fashion month with a bang. Epic locations and sets (think recreating the Pompidou Centre or a snowy ski chalet) are paired with equally #OTT collections. Fantasy was an undeniable theme of the week with secret garden florals at Dries Van Noten and Karl Lagerfeld’s final picturesque set at Chanel that helped us escape reality on a rainy Tuesday morning. But the dreamy escapes belied surprisingly practical pieces; shoes remain low, belt bags prevail and puffers don’t see to be going anywhere. Scroll down for our top 5 trends to look out for from Paris Fashion Week.
If there’s one body part to accentuate this season it’s your shoulders. Bigger is always better, whether you’re going for rounded lifted shoulders or the sharp linebacker blazers favoured by Givenchy and Saint Laurent.
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Dries Van Noten created floral prints from photographs of flowers cut from his Antwerp garden. But the florals this season weren’t bright and springy, rather they were darker and more intriguing. These moody fall florals definitely don’t say playtime.
Miuccia Prada made a case for capes, sending models down the Miu Miu runway in multiple renditions of the style. Across the Paris collections capes shone as a popular style that eschews the ubiquity of streetwear in favour of something more sophisticated.
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Checkerboard patterns in all different colour combinations are the graphic print of the season. Playful in bright hues at Kenzo and Off-White but more subdued in a soft tan at Loewe.
As Canadians, we’re thankful the hardy puffer jacket isn’t going anywhere. Season aftesr season it seems designers are ready to one-up the status quo in favour of something new and even more fashion forward. Whether it’s cropped and colourful or full length metallic, the puffer is definitely a staple on the runway and real life.