Filled with glitz and glamour from start to finish, Paris Fashion Week is France’s fashion highlight of the year. Here are the trends to watch out for, spotted on the Spring/Summer 2017 runways.
The 80s made a triumphant return at the SS17 PFW, with one shoulder, ruches and puffy sleeves featured heavily in many a show. Jacquemus showcased polka dots, extra-large shoulders and high waist trousers, coming together to form a true 80s revival. Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia experimented with spandex and Saint Lauren played with metallics and deep V necklines.
When it came to futuristic fashion, Chanel certainly reached the top of the game, transforming the Grand Palais into a data centre which strongly resembled a spaceship. Their show even opened with two robots, complete with tweed suits. Courrèges came a close second, with Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant’s extra-terrestrial looking sunglasses and spaceman-like patches.
Some people love them, others hate them, but one thing is for certain: slogans aren’t going anywhere any time soon! Maria Grazia Chiuri made her Christian Dior debut with a statement tee to get everyone talking. Her slogan read ‘We Should All Be Feminists.’ Other statement statements (see what we did there?) included Stella McCartney’s ‘Thanks Girls’ and Paco Rabanne’s ‘Futuresex’.
The catwalks of Paris introduced oversized bags as you’ve never seen them before. Making an appearance at the Céline and Balenciaga shows, these bags were big enough to pack all your worldly possessions into and then some. Catwalk models took to the runways clutching just one of their totes’ handles; if you’re looking to follow the trend, it’s probably best you don’t pack those worldly possessions after all!
… and small bags
If oversized bags aren’t your thing, perhaps Valentino and Givenchy’s creations will be. Barely big enough to fit your phone, the designers have taken mini bags to the extreme. The bags in question were usually worn as necklaces, although Chloé opted for a slightly larger, in-hand accessory.
Be they traditional or modern, there were plenty of corsets and waist cinchers pinching catwalk models in at the waist throughout PFW. Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma collection was perhaps one of the most striking: reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s usual getup, Rihanna described the collection as ‘athletic wear with regal touches’. The corsets pair pastel purples and pinks with floral prints. Ann Demeulemeester and Balmain showcased waist cinchers with a more contemporary twist.